On March 1,2015, Sunday, we met at TURVAK Cinema and Theatre Museum for our 13th meeting. As you know, TURVAK is the first and only cinema and theatre museum in Turkey and it has a very rich collection of cinema and television devices, films, posters and stage photos. (Please check their website for more information: www.turvak.com.tr) There was also an exhibition at the museum, with the title: “100 years of Turkish Cinema through 100 illustrations” – so we were even more lucky!
Our group again had an interesting variety of nationalities, ages, backgrounds and interests. But we all were Curious Souls after all 🙂
At first, we had a guided tour of the museum through the assistance of Ms.Aslı Canan Yılmazsoy – the events coordinator of the museum. I would like to thank her very much for enlightening us. After this tour, I was so happy to learn from many that they were simply fastinated with the museum.
We then proceeded with our 13th meeting on the terrace floor. The first video we watched was the TED talk of filmmaker Andrew Stanton who wrote the classic “Toy Story” movies and who won two Oscars for “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E.” In this fastinating talk Stanton shares what he knows about stories and storytelling.
My friend Tuba Erayman facilitated our discussions on this talk. She also talked about her own stories. I would like to thank her very much for her work.
There were so many quotable sentences in his talk that I would like to remember always. Yet it seems that this one is my favorite: “Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.”
The second talk we watched was the talk of Kristin Rivas on“The life-changing power of words.” In this talk Rivas tells us her story on how two sentences completely changed her life -one making her crippled with mental illness and the other completely healing and liberating her. She tells how hypnosis worked on her and points out that ideas have power to transform. She asks “What idea can transform your world?” Interesting question, isn’t it? Do you know the answer?
On this talk we had quite a challing discussion as some of our participants thought that she was too emotional and not completely recovered. Yet others thought that it was completely normal that she was emotional. What about you? What do you think?
The third talk that we watched was that of Keith Chen, a behavioural economist who drew interesting parallels between the structure of a language and the tendency of saving money. Interestingly he found out that if a language has “future-less” structures then savings increase.
Now, we can understand why Turkey, having a “futured” language, has such low saving records 🙂
My friend Arlene Crilly moderated our discussions on this talk. It was very interesting and very lively. I would like to thank her both for modeating and for picking up this fantastic talk.
At around 5:30 pm. we ended our meeting. It was a very pleasant and enjoyable afternoon for me. I hope all participants felt the same. While I was leaving the museum, I realised that I had a lingering warm feeling left out of enjoying, sharing and learning together. It was very nice to be among such open-minded and global spirited group. I would like to thank you all, dear Curious Souls, for your contributions and for making this event possible!
So until we meet again, I wish you all, my kindest regards.
Isil the Curious Soul 🙂