thinkWY Insight

You Have Seven Minutes:
What’s Your Story?

What is Insight?

Disruption + Observation = Insight

Insight is perhaps most readily gained when we observe the outcomes and processes of a disruption in life.  When things go wrong we can’t help but ask Why? From business, to science, to our personal lives, insights are the footholds we need as we look for solutions.

Thinking in Slow Motion?

Insight isn’t just a flash-in-the-pan stroke of brilliance; it’s the process of coming to a deeper understanding of both human nature and the world around us.  As Schopenhauer said: “The task is not so much to be the first to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what no one yet has thought about that which everyone sees.” More a series of realizations than a revelation, the process of insight changes the way we Think because it if forces us to keep asking Why something is the way that it is.

Insight allows us to turn knowledge into practical, actionable wisdom—a path towards solutions. With Insight we can incite change.

It’s with this in mind that Wyoming Humanities launched thinkWY | Insight in partnership in 2016-2017 with the University of Wyoming Creative Writing program.

Insight is a mixed-media storytelling model where presenters have twenty-one slides auto-advancing every 20 seconds to examine any situation that brought insight into their personal or professional lives, or to the world at large—that’s a perfect seven minutes to tell the story of a realization.

Like Ignite™ before us, and PechaKucha before them, thinkWY Insight events are nights of 7-10 concise and enlightening presentations on a variety of topics. However, rather than focusing on tech or design, Insight events focus on human stories—how and why we think and behave the ways that we do. With live music and a cash bar, Insight events offer Wyoming communities fun nights out on the town full of thought provoking ideas about how we approach the challenges of life.

2017 Insight Performances

Our 2017 Insight programs took us to Cheyenne, Casper, and Laramie. Over the course of three months, we explored topics of legends, identity, and indomitable snowpeople. More importantly, we meet legends, forged a new identity, and challenged some of the indomitable Wyomingites around. Our programs would not have been possible without the speakers found in the videos below, but it was made possible through a generous partnership with the University of Wyoming’s Creative Writing MFA program and our series sponsor’s Wyoming Public Media and Radio and the Fredrick and Patricia Supper Foundation and Cynthia Chace Gray.

Wyoming Humanities relies on donations from individuals and businesses to provide top quality programming to all of Wyoming’s residents. Interested in donating?

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