Knowledge Under Pressure

On Storytelling and What Comes Next

Dan Dworkis, MD PhD
2 min readDec 29, 2022
Photo by Elisha Terada on Unsplash

Field notes from what we’ve been up to, what we’ve been taking in, and what we are thinking about at The Emergency Mind Project.

If you have ideas or things you’d like to see — or if you want to help and get more involved — I’d love to hear from you:

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EP 75: Clare Murphy on Story and Meaning

Storyteller Clare Murphy on the power of story to teach, explore our world, and start to understand ourselves.

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The Zwicky box: a powerful method for problem solving and creativity

Feels fitting for the last Emergency Mind Project newsletter of the year to bring a tool focused on thinking creatively about the future. The Zwicky box is a really interesting idea about how to expand the solution space to a problem. It’s definitely an off-the-X tool since there’s a lot of combinatorial / slow thinking involved, but it’s absolutely worth exploring for your team as you hit the new year thinking about ways to improve and grow.

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We’ve talked before about training being for certainty and education being for uncertainty. With 2023 just around the corner, it’s a good time to look back at the year and see where that balance has been. How has your training gone? What about your education? Did you focus on the known and consolidate, or look into the unknown and explore? What are your goals for training and education for the coming year? Whatever they are, and whatever emergencies you face, I hope the new year is a great year for you and yours. Good luck out there.

Something you want to see? Idea for a future thing to dig into? Hit reply and let me know what you’re thinking.

Keep training, and good luck out there!

— Dan



Dan Dworkis, MD PhD

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