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Rick Stone, CEO of StoryWork International, has spent a lifetime crafting stories in many sectors, including healthcare. He is the co-creator of StoryCare, an innovative web-based learning product that through immersive stories drives behavioral change and is being used to assist nursing educators integrate internationally recognized patient safety competencies into their curricula and to help healthcare organizations improve patient safety and support team-based health professional education.

He also created the Living Stories program for Novant Health, which supports patients in telling their life stories in service of improving their health outcomes.

“I really believe increasing emotional intelligence would help teams reduce burnout and increase resilience,” said Synensys CEO Dr. Stephen Powell. “When it comes to navigating disruptive and sometimes divisive issues through the power of story, Rick is a master guide!”

Rick is the co-author of Story Intelligence: Master Story, Master Life. Rick’s conversation with Dr. Alexandra Howson touches on:

  • The role of literature and art in cultivating empathy in medical professionals
  • The power of emotional intelligence
  • The narrative structure of the brain and how story is a powerful reagent to rewire the brain and help us learn new perspectives and points of view
  • The difference between case studies and stories

Listen to the entire podcast by clicking the link below:

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