Philosophy and Inspirational Stories By Great Storytellers

Posted By Mandi Lindner on Feb 5, 2013 | 0 comments

I was recently asked where I find inspiration for digital storytelling. I named off the usual places I go to find great work and examples, but I missed the opportunity to mention a bunch of other places mainly because I tend to find inspiration everywhere.

In every tweet, Pinterest board, observed interaction of human behavior in everyday life.

Stories are everywhere you look, but sometimes we’re too busy to see.

F. Scott Fitzgerald inspirational quote

Feeling inspired yet?

Here are my Go-To places to find inspiration along with a couple of links where I am currently finding the much-needed philosophy and spectacular storytelling that helps get my creative juices flowing.

BOOKMARKS – Original, true, and in-depth stories from New York. Plans to expand to other cities soon.

Center for Digital Storytelling – More of a resources in How-To, but sample stories can be found on their YouTube channel.

Media Storm – Beautiful, complicated, sometimes difficult multimedia stories.

This American Life – Weekly National Public Radio broadcast

GREAT STORIES…that I’m reading right now

The Last Love Story.

“He and I often told each other, “We are so lucky.” And we were. Young love, even for old people, can be surprisingly bountiful.” – Eve Pell

Fixing D.C.’s Schools

The webpage looks super wonky on my computer for some reason, but this interactive investigative reporting piece by the Washington Post is neat.

What restorative justice looks like

New York Times on whether or not forgiveness can play a role in criminal justice. Excellent reporting on an extremely polarizing topic.

Okay, so a lot of my inspiration comes from journalism. Sue me. These are just a few pieces I’m currently reading and/or have struck a chord in me. As I find more I will tweet them, so follow and be inspired!


On the art of being still.

“We writers must learn how to become still in our heads.”

The secret of great writing.

“But the amateur can only realize his ability to transfer his emotions to another person by some such desperate and radical expedient as tearing your first tragic love story out of your heart and putting it on pages for people to see.

That, anyhow, is the price of admission. Whether you are prepared to pay it or, whether it coincides or conflicts with your attitude on what is ‘nice’ is something for you to decide. But literature, even light literature, will accept nothing less from the neophyte. It is one of those professions that wants the ‘works.’ You wouldn’t be interested in a soldier who was only a little brave.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

How to stay sane.

“We all like to think we keep an open mind and can change our opinions in the light of new evidence, but most of us seem to be geared to making up our minds very quickly. Then we process further evidence not with an open mind but with a filter, only acknowledging the evidence that backs up our original impression.” – Philippa Perry


10 principles for telling the right story – From Forbes’ “Entrepreneurs Who Master Storytelling Win More”

“…everyone today, whether they know it or not, is in the emotional transportation business, and compelling stories are the best way for you to move your business forward.”


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