ABOUT PJ MANNEY
“The only way to soften future shock is to tell stories. It places the audience inside a relatable big picture, which creates empathy. And empathy is necessary, especially with the big changes in humanity that are coming.”
PJ Manney is a former chairperson of Humanity+, helping rebrand the organization, launch H+ Magazine and organize the first multi-org conference on futurist topics, Convergence ’08. She authored “Why I Believe in Participating in the H+ Future” and “Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy,” an early work on the neuropsychology of empathy and media. She has presented her ideas to groups like the Producers and Directors Guilds of America, NASA-JPL, The H+ Summit and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and is a frequent guest on podcasts including FastForward Radio.
Manney graduated from Wesleyan University double majoring in Film and American Studies. She has worked for over 25 years in the communications field: motion picture public relations at Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures; story development for independent film production companies; and writing as Patricia Manney for the critically acclaimed TV shows Hercules — The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. She also co-founded Uncharted Entertainment, writing and/or creating many pilot scripts for television networks, including CBS, Fox, UPN, Discovery, ABC Family and Comedy Central.
Manney has just published her first novel, the near-future techno-thriller, (R)EVOLUTION with 47North/Amazon Publishing and writing the sequel, (ID)ENTITY. She lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles, California.
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