Passport to the 21st Century
John Seely Brown, Steve Denning, 
Katalina Groh, Larry Prusak: 
Four of the world's leading thinkers
explore the role of storytelling in the world

 I Introduction to storytelling I John Seely Brown on science I Steve Denning on change I Katalina Groh on video
Larry Prusak on organization I Discussion I | Contact us | Bibliography on storytelling


A huge bibliography on narrative and storytelling in many different fields is available at:


Some of the books that we like to read, or that have influenced us, include: 

Abram, David, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. New York: Pantheon Books, 1997. 

Aristotle, The Art of Rhetoric, translated by H.C. Lawson-Tancred. London: Penguin Books, 1991

Baudrillard, Jean. Seduction. Translated by Brian Singer. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.

Bettelheim, Bruno. The Uses of Enchantment: the meaning and importance of fairy tales. New York : Knopf, 1976.

Birkerts, Sven. The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age. Boston, Mass.: Faber and Faber, 1994.

Bohm, David. On Dialogue. Edited by Lee Nichol. London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.

Brooks, Peter, Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative. New York : A.A. Knopf, 1984.

Brown, John Seely and Paul Duguid, The Social Life of Information, (February 2000) Harvard Business School Press

Bruner, Jerome: Actual Minds, Possible Worlds,  Harvard University Press, Boston, 1986

Bruner, Jerome: Acts of Meaning, Harvard University Press, Cambridge Mass, 1990.

Calvino, Italo, Six Memos for the Next Millennium. Translated by Patrick Creagh. London: Vintage, 1996.

Capra, Fritjof. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems. New York: Anchor Books, 1996.

Carse, James P., Finite and Infinite Games, New York: Free Press, 1986.

Cohen, Don, and Laurence Prusak, In Good Company : How Social Capital Makes Organizations Work,  (February 2001) Harvard Business School Press

Davenport, Thomas H., and Laurence Prusak. Working Knowledge : How Organizations Manage What They Know.  Boston, Mass : Harvard Business School Press, 1997.

Denning, Stephen, The Springboard : How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations,  (October 2000) Butterworth-Heinemann 

Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing; Seeing/Drawing as Meditation. New York, Vintage Books, 1973.

Fuller, Steve, Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History of our Times, University of Chicago, Chicago, 2000.

Havelock, Eric;  Preface to Plato (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge Mass, 1963)

Henri, Robert. The Art Spirit. Philadelphia and London, J. B. Lippincott company, 1923. Reprint, New York: Harper & Row, 1984.

Herrigel, Eugen. Zen in the Art of Archery. Translated by R.F.C. Hull. New York, N.Y. : Pantheon Books, 1953. Reprint, New York: Vintage Books, 1989.

Hirshfield, Jane. Nine Gates : Entering the Mind of Poetry. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.

Holtshouse, D., and R. Ruggles (Editors), Christopher Meyer, The Knowledge Advantage: 14 Visionaries Define Marketplace Success in the New Economy, (1999) Capstone, New Hampshire.

MacIntyre, Alasdair: After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, University of Notre Dame Press, 2nd ed, 1984.

Mary Midgley, Science and Poetry, Routledge, 1999.

Monmonier, Mark S. How to Lie with Maps. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Plato, Phaedrus and the Seventh and Eighth Letters. Translated by Walter Hamilton. Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1973. 

Plato : The Republic (Penguin Classics). Translated by Desmond Lee. Viking Press, 1979.

Pirsig, Robert B. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:  An Inquiry into Values. New York, Morrow, 1974.

Polkinghorne, Donald.E.. Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences. Albany N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1988.

Simmons, Annette, The Story Factor : Secrets of Influence from the Art of Storytelling, Perseus, 2000.

Steiner, George: Grammars of Creation, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2001.

Stone, R., The Healing Art of Storytelling : A Sacred Journey of Personal Discovery New York: Hyperion, 1996.

Richard Tarnas, The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped our World View,  (Pimlico, London, 1998).

Weick, Karl E. Sensemaking in Organizations. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1995.

Wheatley, Margaret, and Myron Kellner-Rogers. A Simpler Way.  San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1996.


Books and videos on storytelling 
*** In Good Company : How Social Capital Makes Organizations Work
by Don Cohen, Laurence Prusak (February 2001) Harvard Business School Press
*** The Social Life of Information, by John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid
(February 2000) Harvard Business School Press
*** The Springboard : How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations
by Stephen Denning (October 2000) Butterworth-Heinemann 
*** The Art of Possibility, a video with Ben and Ros Zander : Groh Publications (February 2001)
Copyright 2001 Stephen Denning 
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