For my last blog of this term, I thought I would share with you this TED talk by qualitative researcher and self-proclaimed story-teller Brené Brown. Brown has this beautiful way of connecting stories with information saying, “Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” What really struck me about this talk was Brown’s passion for her research. I thought this was a great example of what it means to be a qualitative researcher and how, even as researchers we can get consumed and changed by our research and sometimes, it takes a lot of control to let go of our expectations and biases.
After watching Brown, I saw a glimpse into our futures as researchers and communication professionals. The data we uncover truly has the power to transforms companies, policies, and lives. Not only is Brown a passionate and determined researcher, her findings are pretty incredible too.