Andy Goodman is not a big fan of the "elevator story." No organization, business or person has just one story to tell, and not every story speaks to every situation storytellers might find themselves in. The Goodman Center he co-founded serves such prestigious clients as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. The center has developed a curriculum for StoryGrowing, Western New York's "Change the Story, Change the World" program, where eight local nonprofit organizations will learn how to better market themselves and raise funds. The free program is sponsored by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and the John R. Oishei Foundation. When it comes to sharing an organization's message, there are six main stories every person at every organization should be able to tell, whether they are an intern or a board member, Goodman said. "You want to send your people out with a quiver full of arrows," he said. "Depending on who they're talking to, … [Read more...] about The 6 stories your nonprofit organization should tell
Attorneys general for most U.S. states are bringing a large federal antitrust lawsuit against nearly 20 generic drugmakers, alleging they illegally collaborated to jack up drug prices. Business Insider is the first to report on the unredacted suit, which alleges frequent, close communications between employees of rival companies about how to increase prices. Common drugs had their prices doubled, tripled, or even increased 1,000% or more, costing taxpayers and patients and violating federal and state competition and consumer protection laws, the federal antitrust suit alleges. These drugs treat anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, heart failure, diabetes and more. The lawsuit has brought new scrutiny to generic drugs, which are often thought of as low-cost, and the business practices of generic drugmakers. When New Jersey drugmaker Heritage Pharmaceuticals was laying plans to start selling a new drug in early 2013, a high-ranking employee asked a colleague to get on a call with the … [Read more...] about A huge lawsuit accuses nearly 20 big drug companies, a billionaire and two brothers-in-law of cozying up to hike drug prices. Here’s the inside story.
Bill Laitner Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 19, 2018 A children's story hour hosted by drag performers — men dressed as women — has drawn national attention to a small public library in suburban Detroit. But not all of the attention has been favorable. At a meeting too large for the city hall — about 300 people filled a gymnasium — members of the Huntington Woods City Commission and scores of public speakers addressed the opposition to their local library’s Drag Queen Story Hour, a departure from the usual library’s read-to-kids program. Residents and city officials said they see the Drag Queen readings, to children as young as preschoolers, as a way to foster diversity and show acceptance of gender changing. The scattering of opponents in the audience drew boos and catcalls from others. The leading opponent who sparked the sometimes contentious meeting didn’t appear. City Commissioner Allison Iversen … [Read more...] about Suburban Detroit debate: Kill or keep ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’
Strong reviewsThe film premiered at the New York Film Festival almost exactly a year later, on Oct. 4, 1986. Reviews were strong in the major papers, with Sheila Benson in the Los Angeles Times calling it “joyous, daft and hauntingly original.” Dallas Morning News critic Smith read it mainly as a comedy, but one that “registers more as a neutral expression of fascination and curiosity toward people for whom reality is constituted in the particulars of everyday life, people who live their lives much closer to the ground and the shopping malls and the trailer homes, oblivious to the big sky that surrounds them.”That didn’t translate into a huge success with the public. Roger Ebert felt compelled to note in his otherwise adulatory review that Warner Bros. “is going nuts trying to figure out how to sell this film.” Despite Byrne’s appearance on the cover of Time the week of the film’s release, the film’s take was … [Read more...] about How David Byrne made the definitive North Texas movie with ‘True Stories’
By Jim Farber Published 2:01 pm PST, Friday, December 14, 2018 Nancy Wilson’s skilled approach to singing provided a key bridge between the sophisticated jazz-pop vocalists of the 1950s and the powerhouse pop-soul singers of the 1960s and 70s. Nancy Wilson’s skilled approach to singing provided a key bridge between the sophisticated jazz-pop vocalists of the 1950s and the powerhouse pop-soul singers of the 1960s and 70s. Photo: Chad Batka / New York Times 2010 Photo: Chad Batka / New York Times 2010 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Nancy Wilson’s skilled approach to singing provided a key bridge between the sophisticated jazz-pop vocalists of the 1950s and the powerhouse pop-soul singers of the 1960s and 70s. Nancy Wilson’s skilled approach to … [Read more...] about Nancy Wilson dies at 81; Singer who turned songs into stories