If you’re working to build and support a healthier and more just society, and you want your good ideas and your good works to achieve greater impact, let me help you tap the unique power of narrative.

    pointing-reversed My path – teaching, acting,  screenwriting, music and film producing, facilitating retreats and planning, in-depth interviews – has led me full circle again to teaching, through speeches and workshops. I also – after 15 years of radio interviews with visionary thinkers and doers – now produce and host a monthly podcast for Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
    I draw on all those experiences to help individuals and organizations develop more engaging narratives and tell more compelling human stories. Listen here
    Let’s connect to explore how we might work together to change the world.

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    1) DREW WESTEN, The Political Brain
    The Role of Emotion in Deciding
    the Fate of the Nation (2007)
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    The Age of American Unreason

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    DISRUPTIVE podcast: Fluorescent In Situ Sequencing


    Up till now, sequencing couldn’t be done on intact cells nor provide spatial information. Now Harvard’s Wyss Institute has developed FISSEQ, a genesequencing technology that simultaneously reads sequences of thousands of RNAs and visualizes their 3D coordinates within cells and tissues. It could lead to earlier cancer diagnosis, help us understand embryonic development, and map neurons of the brain. George Church, Rick Terry, and Shawn Marcell are featured in the latest episode of my podcast with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.


  • Tap the Unique Power of Story and Narrative




    In this podcast, I go solo. Rather than interviewing others, I share with you the best of the work I do to help organizations develop more engaging narratives and tell better stories. Learn why narrative is uniquely powerful as well as the recipe for a good story – whether in a Hollywood screenplay or a one-to-one conversation. 

  • Disruptive #7: FISSEQ – Fluorescent In Situ Sequencing


    Until recently, to analyze many mRNAs simultaneously, scientists had to grind cells to a pulp, which left them unable to pinpoint those mRNAs within the cell. Developed by a team at the Wyss and Harvard Medical School, FISSEQ allows scientists to pinpoint thousands of mRNAs and other types of RNAs at once in intact cells, and stands to revolutionize clinical diagnostics and drug discovery.

    Listen and subscribe to Disruptive on Soundcloud, iTunes, or Google Play.


    Disruptive #7 Transcript

  • Disruptive#6: Rapid, Low-cost, Paper-based Test for Zika


    In early May, a rapid, low-cost, freeze-dried, paper-based, strain-specific diagnostic system for detection of the Zika virus was introduced by an international team of researchers led by James Collins of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The core of the test kit is a piece of paper that changes color in the presence of Zika virus RNA and produces results in two to three hours. University of Toronto biochemist Keith Pardee says that it should cost less than a dollar per test. And, according to Collins, in response to a new outbreak, a custom tailored diagnostic system could be ready for use within one week’s time.
    In this 53-minute podcast, I speak with Collins and Pardee, and explore how they did it, what they learned, and what this might mean for the future. Listen and subscribe to Disruptive on SoundcloudiTunes, or Google Play.


    Disruptive #6 Transcript


  • Disruptive #5: Molecular Robotics – Building with DNA


    DISRUPTIVE – the podcast from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

    We’re learning to take advantage of properties of DNA that have served nature well- but in ways nature may have never pursued. We build with it. We tap its capacity to carry information to enhance our ability to explore the inner life of cells.

    In this episode, Wyss faculty members William Shih, Wesley Wong and Peng Yin share what it’s like being on the frontier of science, explain how and why they program DNA, and consider potential applications of their work.


    Disruptive: Molecular Robotics transcript