At this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, The Atlantic asked a group of professors, engineers, and journalists how to absorb information effectively and move towards creativity. “What we need to work on is getting comfortable with struggle in learning,” says the journalist Amanda Ripley. “With the discomfort that comes from not knowing something.”

Specific to the work of In Tandem Arts, Oxford University researcher Susan Greenfield commented, “A very good way of helping people understand the world around them, is by stories because that takes you to different times and places and gets you into the minds of other people so you see things in different ways. Moreover, stories, actually enhance your attention span, and for very young children they help you develop an imagination. None of which, if I would argue, the screen, not only doesn’t do that, but is actually bad because you’re having these literal images in front of your face. Rather than that wonderful thing when your mum says, ‘Once upon a time, there was a fairy princess…’ And you know you’re ready…”