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Welcome to the ABT Framework
Welcome to the ABT Framework
It looks so simple:

_____ AND _____ BUT _____ THEREFORE _____

And it is. At least at one level. But just like fractal structure, out of simplicity can arise complexity. That’s what you get with the ABT Framework — a different, more analytical, more objective way to work with the structure that resides inside of everything from argumentation to logic to comedy to the scientific method, and of course, the telling of stories.




The Narrative Gym Series
In the spring of 2020 we developed the ABT Framework Course consisting of 10 one hour sessions for 30 participants plus individual half hour Working Circle development sessions.  Month after month, we have run the course as we’ve drawn in a team of 20 instructors and advisors.  The course gave rise to this initial short book which has now been adapted to other disciplines, coauthoring with our team members.
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The ABT Course

The ABT is fun. (Here's an article about it.) The course is part of the larger concept of THE NARRATIVE GYM, which refers to anything that exercises the narrative part of your brain, including the course, the podcast, the books, and Working Circles that are part of the course.

The course provides three main benefits

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Introduction

Introduction to the narrative tools (in particular the ABT Framework and the Dobzhansky Template).
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Journey

Start of the journey towards developing “narrative intuition.”
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Working Circle

Social “entrainment” meaning the habit of developing narrative structure through a 5 person group called a Working Circle.
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THE 24 ROUNDS OF THE ABT FRAMEWORK COURSE, PLUS THE ONE ROUND WE DID FOR THE BUSINESS WORLD, MAKES 25 ROUNDS IN JUST UNDER TWO YEARS.
MEET THE TEAM...



Mike Strauss
Science


Dianna Padilla
Science


Park Howell
Business


Doug Passon
Law


Shirley Malcom
Science


Rick Nelson
Science


Brian Palermo
Acting


Nancy Knowlton
Science


Matthew David
Film


Dave Gold
Politics


Marlis Douglas
Science


Keisha Bahr
Science


Julie Claussen
Science


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Conservation


Michael Bart
Science


David Pullan
Business


Sarah Jane McKechnie
Business


Randy Olson
Science
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10 One-Hour Sessions
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ABT Ambassadors
We’ve asked some of the instructors and graduates of the ABT Framework Course to help us as ambassadors in propagating a wider understanding of the power and ubiquity of the ABT. For each one, they tell about one INSTANCE of seeing the ABT in the real world, and one APPLICATION they have made of the ABT Framework to their own work.
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About Randy

Hi, my name's Randy Olson, and I’m a scientist-turned-filmmaker. Here’s my story ...
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Randy Olson (left) receives the 2020 John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication from the American Medical Writers Association. Center: Kimberly Mankiewicz, Director, Center for Health Communication, University of Texas. Right: Long time ABT collaborator Dr. Mike Strauss, former head of Office of Science Quality Review, U.S.D.A./A.R.S.
The ABT Time Podcast

The ABT Time Podcast is co-hosted by Dr. Randy Olson and Dr. Jen Martin, head of Science Communication for University of Melbourne, Australia. It was launched in spring, 2021. The podcast has a specific focus on the ABT Narrative Framework as a part of the Narrative Gym concept for conditioning the narrative part of the brain.
Recent Episodes
ABT Time Episode 38 - ABT REUNION TIME: 8 participants from the first round (of 25) of the ABT Framework Course
ABT Time Episode 37 - Eccentric, Passionate, Dedicated: A tribute to fish biologists and legendarily funny ichthyologist Karel Liem, with Julie Claussen and Dr. Dana Ono
ABT Time Episode 36 - Environmental Laugh Riot: Recent Harvard grad Lincoln Sorscher shares the thesis of his senior thesis on the existence (or not) of “environmental comedy” (w/special guest Rod Lamberts)
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Randy Olson's Blog "Science Needs Story"
Contact Us
randyolsonproductions@gmail.com
Contact Us
randyolsonproductions@gmail.com