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  • Jack Roberts

    Part-time Lecturer

    Email
    jackroberts@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Jack Roberts

    Profile

    Jack Roberts is the founder and chief executive of storylab® the global narrativedesign® firm dedicated to transforming the human story. Through storylab® Jack consults Global Top 100s and Fortune 50 companies on narrative design®, storytelling, data synthesis, innovation, change design, communication design, media design, strategic design, business design, creative leadership and leading creatives. He is the inventor of the narrativedesign® framework which is a unique blend of design thinking and storytelling. storylab® uses the framework to transform cultures and build innovative stories in every sector. Additionally, they are using it in the development of original content in global markets from the upcoming traditional TV series, Dadless, to a slate of feature films, as well as new forms of narrative altogether.  

    As a storyteller, Jack is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, including the upcoming Echo Designs Her Way Out of a Paper Bag: How to Change Anything Using Design Thinking (+ Storytelling!) in the Autumn of 2019. He is a published poet, and the award-winning author of more than 10 screenplays. He is also an award-winning actor, producer, and production designer in feature film and television with 23 international awards to date. As a designer, Jack creates and facilitates experiencs, education, media, product development, brand identity, narratives, scenario work and change for global firms, national restaurants, entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and educational institutions.  

    Jack is a first-gen graduate, a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, a member of SAG/AFTRA/WGA/PGA/DGA, sits on two non-profit boards, and holds a Global Executive Masters in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design in Paris. He teaches design, management, and storytelling during the summer at the Parsons School of Design in New York.  

    Conversational topics include but not limited to: anything that interests you, the pathos of stories, indegenous tribal voices, wild horses, sailboats, the art of presence, the coming human evolution, the power of vulnerability, the creative takeover, why data will never answer our questions, & raccoons versus bears.


    Degrees Held

    Global Executive MSc in Strategic Design and Management  @Parsons School of Design, Paris

    BA in Storytelling for Social Change @The New School for Social Research


    Professional Affiliation

    Screen Actors' Guild; Directors' Guild of America; Producers' Guild of America; Writers' Guild of America, AFTRA, Board Member of the iSpeak Media Fountain, Board Member of TwoCor


    Recent Publications

    Echo Designs Her Way Out of a Paper Bag, a book about how to change anything using design thinking (+storytelling!) (Fall 2019; WB Publishers)

     


    Performances and Appearances

    IMDb


    Research Interests

    storytelling, ancestral stories, storytelling as a change agent, storytelling as a method for redesign, storytelling as a solution for change management, narrative design, design thinking, social design, lifestyle design, instructional design, assumptions of similarity and dissimilarity, cyclical thinking versus linear rationality


    Awards And Honors

    Audience Award for Best Feature Film 
    MethodFest 

    Audience Award for Best Feature Film
    United Film Festivals 

    Audience Award for Best Feature Film
    Kansas International Film Festival 

    Audience Award for Best Feature Film
    deadCENTER Film Festival 

    Audience Award for Best Feature Film
    Offshoot Film Festival  

    Best Soundtrack
    Mar Del Plata International Film Festival 

    Best Soundtrack
    Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema 

    Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film
    United Film Festivals 

    Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film  
    Edmonton International Film Festival 

    Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film
    Offshoot Film Festival


    Portfolio

    storylab

    academic site

    award-winning feature film

    award-winning television

    IMDb


    Current Courses

    Design and Management

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