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The Stories We Tell Our Children (RailsConf 2019)

The Stories We Tell Our Children (RailsConf 2019)


Ariel Caplan

May 01, 2019

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  1. The Stories We Tell Our Children Ariel Caplan - RailsConf

    2019 @amcaplan
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  9. Itamar Ben Avi (1882-1943)

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  11. Credit: Steerpike (CC BY 3.0)

  12. Credit: The Land of Promise, Jerusalem: Israel Information Center, 2003

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  14. Eliezer Ben Yehuda (1858-1922)

  15. Itamar Ben Avi (1882-1943)

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  19. A Tale of Five Balloons - Miriam Roth

  20. Miriam Roth (1910-2005)

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  22. Why would a book with a sad ending become so

  23. Hi! I’m Ariel Caplan (@amcaplan).

    lived in Israel for 4 years.
 Here’s me with my 2 children:
  24. Content Warning! Discussion/images of: War, Injury, Death Abusive behavior and

    harassment Discrimination and racism
  25. Israeli History Time!

  26. 1973
 The Yom Kippur War

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  31. Springfield Republican, June 1967

  32. The Jerusalem Post, Israel, October 19, 1973

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  34. Dear Editor, I am now very sad. I worry for

    every soldier. I know of a woman who hasn’t heard from her husband since the war began, they don’t know anything. When will there be peace?… When there was a blackout, I thought, “This isn’t Israel! Why is everything closed so early? Why are there no buses? This isn’t Israel, everyone is so sad. Bella Carpenter, Jerusalem Source: National Library of Israel
  35. Eliyahu Ben-Harush, 14, of Bat-Yam: …We just have to continue

    another few years as it is now, there is no choice. I believe that every few years there will be a war, like today. Perhaps the next generation will find a solution. Source: National Library of Israel
  36. A Letter from my Uncle My uncle wrote a sad

    letter, A letter dipped in blood. He lies, wounded, bandaged, In Rambam Hospital… Many, many are the tidings, There are also too many wounded. Let peace come, let it come, let it come, And everything will stop! Tova Blair, 5th grade, Hod HaSharon Source: National Library of Israel
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  38. “In ‘Tale of Five Balloons,’ I didn't want to teach

    children about colors. I wanted to take them back and forth between sadness and happiness, so they could learn about overcoming sorrow, and the fact that when someone lovingly hugs a balloon, he can pop it. This range and diversity of feelings is a lot more important than learning the names of the colors.” Miriam Roth (Interview in Haaretz)
  39. If you want to read the heart of a society…

    Listen to the stories they tell their children.
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  41. Kaspion the Little Fish - Paul Kor

  42. Paul Kor (1926-2001)

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  49. Stories carry messages. 
 Intentionally or not.

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  51. A Flat for Rent - Leah Goldberg

  52. Leah Goldberg (1911-1970)

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  54. Credit: David Shankbone (CC BY-SA 3.0) Credit: SeeFood (CC BY-SA

    3.0) Credit: kikasso (CC BY) Credit: Paul Arps (CC BY 2.0)
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  58. If you want the world
 to change, tell stories of

    a better world.
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  60. Stories reflect society. Stories carry messages. Stories are agents of

  61. Create a Community

  62. Improve a Community

  63. Promote Others’ Stories

  64. Promote Others’ Stories Credit: Vajrapani666 (CC BY-SA 3.0) Credit: gdsteam

    (CC BY 2.0)
  65. Brandolini’s Law

  66. Caplan’s Corollary Save your energy. Limit fighting the nonsense that’s

    out there. Instead, present a compelling alternative.
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  72. Paul Graham, "How to Start a Startup"

  73. Itai Lahan
 CEO, Cloudinary

  74. Tell the stories that create a better world. 

    great stories.
  75. Stories reflect our world.
 Stories shape the future.

  76. The Stories We Tell Our Children Thanks for listening! Ariel

    Caplan - @amcaplan