A Whole New Mind (Empathy)

June 28th, 2007 at 2:48 PM

According to Pink, “Empathy is the ability to imagine yourself in someone else’s position and to intuit what that person is feeling. It is the ability to stand in others’ shoes, to see with their eyes, and to feel with their hearts….Empathy is a stunning act of imaginative derring-do, the ultimate virtual reality—climbing into another’s mind to experience the world from that person’s perspective.” (159)

Recently, a client approached us about creating a video for a once popular singer who had fallen from fame and was launching a career comeback with a new book and CD. We had to create a plan to tell his story—the X factor was this—we couldn’t use footage of his interview until the conclusion of the video.

Our challenge was to visually connect viewers with the singer’s story. The result?

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This is the fifth blog based on A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink (Riverhead Books).