TEDxBroadway 2015 Video: Ben Wellington

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 11.27.59 AMEditor’s note: Jim curates TEDxBroadway each year, working with the speakers on their presentations and helping them to answer the question: “What’s the best Broadway can be?” Below is his insight into the process, so you can find out exactly how this informative and inspiring day comes together.

Thinking back, we had several speakers talk about “storytelling” in one form or another this year. Ben Wellington, the writer of the I Quant NY blog, certainly did. Many would assume that a guy who makes his living working with numbers would reject stories in favor of raw data.

But those people would be wrong.

Sure, Ben’s a quant jock, but he’s also got a background in improv comedy, which means he knows what keeps people engaged. If you challenged a playwright to tell a story about a fire hydrant, they’d probably come up with something, but then again, Ben’s story about the fire hydrant on the Lower East Side is pretty darn good, too.

So watch the talk for the stories! But if you listen carefully, you’ll get more than that. Sure, you’ll find out how to avoid getting ripped off (a little) in taxis and on the subway, but you’ll also get some solid thoughts about how to tell stories in any form.

No math required. Well, not much anyway.

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