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Stevie Poole

Art 133-07/08
Unit Paper 3
3/7/17
Unit Paper 3
Design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning are the six senses introduced by

Daniel Pink in his book, A Whole New Mind (2005). For example, Pink (2005) says that story is

important because it is a high concept idea and that when we take an idea or topic of a fact and

relate it to another context, it then builds in our memory. This is a more effective way of learning

(and teaching for that matter) because it is an emotional relationship between the fact and the

story that will reside within the listeners memory. Robert McKee, an influential figure in

Hollywood, has been providing screenwriters, as well as entrepreneurs and business

professionals with seminars on how to write a compelling story (Pink, 2005). Organizational

storytelling as McKee calls it, is used by businesses and organizations to send a meaningful

message to consumers that reflects the companys values and objectives. Just as important as

story, is meaning. Pink (2005), says that meaning making in life is the ultimate goal. People can

achieve this goal by taking spirituality seriously and start taking happiness seriously (Pink,

2005, p. 219). Pink (2005) believes that by combining L- directed reason and R- directed spirit,

people can begin to heal. Story and meaning making are vulnerable subjects with many layers to

be unpacked. They are not black and white and may cause some to feel uncomfortable when first

exploring these ideas.

Creating story and meaning making in art gives students an opportunity to express their

most vulnerable emotions without having to spell it out in a black and white manner. In the

classroom, story can be used in many ways to enhance learning and could help to connect
students to their own spirituality in a backdoor learning kind of way. With happiness being so

underrated in life in general, I think it would be important to combine happiness, story and

meaning making together in my own classroom to develop an effective teaching approach.

References

Pink, D. H. (2005). A Whole New Mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future. New York: Riverhead

Books.