Using Storytelling to Advance Liberty
Report by Betty Sakai
With so many Hollywood movies type-casting American business, individualism, and entrepreneurship as amoral endeavors of the greedy and self-serving, with scriptwriters making government intervention and control the answer instead of the problem, accomplished Director of Development and Outreach for the Moving Picture Institute (MPI), Adam Guillette introduced to the Forum audience the work of MPI whose mission it is to promote film-makers and films that promote liberty. To be effective, Adam said, stories must lead with emotion. They must either center on an underdog, be in tune with pop culture, center on a hero or heroine, or focus on a problem the listener can relate to. Facts are important but facts alone do not put across the message. Facts make a difference only if the facts provide the framework for the feelings, for the emotions.
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