From Story-Telling to Story-Exchange A Shared Map to Navigate into the Future


Yuri Matsuzaki


People who read history books – be it fact or fiction – try to identify and relate their own personal time-frame to the story. This allows them to personally locate themselves in a narrative. A story has the power to help us find connections to the past and find meaning in our present lives. But it is not powerful enough to simply encourage us to collectively act for the distant future, for such action needs exceptional imagination, critical thinking, and a sense of responsibility. Humans understand the world as a story, but we do not often experience our own lives in that large cohesive a narrative. Rather, we create it when we look back on our experiences later. So, our own story is an afterthought.


Author Biography

Yuri Matsuzaki, Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership

Yuri Matsuzaki obtained her PhD from Keio University in Tokyo, where she developed biochemical simulation models to study the regulation system of bacterial signal transduction. She then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where she investigated protein-protein interaction-prediction systems and their application to systems biology. After her post-doctoral work, Yuri shifted her focus toward promoting the improvement of scientific research culture. She joined the Education Academy for Computational Life Sciences at the Tokyo Institute of Technology as adjunct faculty and later moved to the Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership, where she designs leadership education programs for graduate students in science and technology from various majors. She seeks to use Big History as a part of this leadership program because it helps to bridge different scientific and engineering fields and spark discussions. Yuri may be reached at <>.