The storyteller isn’t just another old white guy

M. Sanjayan is the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy. He also has a great knack as a storyteller. This is highly unusual.

Most scientists are not very good storytellers. They prefer careful, measured ways of providing information.

As a communicator, I have struggled with scientists who are uneasy about presenting their research in simplified terms. They don’t like losing precision, or they worry that the statements are too strong and too definite. Maybe they’d have more impact if they lightened up a bit. [Read more…]