Theory of Enchantment founder Chloe Valdary was born in New Orleans, to a homemaking mother and banker father, and grew up in an environment of inquiry and orthodoxy that led her to opening a Pandora’s box of curiosity.
Through curiosity, talent and education Chloe developed a love of art, music and English literature that expanded her world view and set her on a journey to develop the skills and insights needed to create her Theory of Enchantment educational program. The course is designed to use storytelling and pop-culture to equip students with the skills necessary to develop a healthy sense of personal empowerment and social wellbeing. It’s also the name of her podcast.
In part one of this two-parter Chloe discusses her upbringing, growing up with abundance and scarcity, the fusion of inquiry and orthodoxy, the impact of religion and her education, her love of, and desire to explore art, English literature, and film. We also cover her insider-outsider dynamic how her worldview developed and how she ended up with a scholarship at the Wall Street Journal
Part Two Chloe expands on the psychological and spiritual power and value of her curriculum in addressing the inability to see the other in identity politics.
We discuss the chaos of Covid19 and the broader issues underlying the moment, the opportunity of creating meaning out of disorder and chaos, less social distancing in our virtual lives and the role and power of storytelling and the power of Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Maintaining discipline to continue learning, the role of A minor and developing and making meaning in the world
Of course, we discuss serendipity, curiosity, education, change, principles, and her quick-fire answers.
I hope you enjoy the enquiring mind, the redemptive spirit and, the educational storytelling of Chloe Valdary.
What We Discuss
Her Banker Father and homemaking Mother
Chloe’s English Literature mentors
The important role and intellectual impact of Churchgoing
How the past always loomed large in growing up
Abundance and scarcity in her upbringing
The impact of her School and its academic rigor
Civically minded classmates
Developing values of Honor, Service Justice, and Wisdom
Forming Theory of Enchantment
Her love of art and English literature
Majoring in film and screenwriting
Getting a Barclay Fellowship and Tikvah Scholarship Fund for The Wall Street Journal
Bret Stevens NYT
Her post that went viral https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/students-justice-palestine
Learning how to love and the science and psychology of love
Her focus on pop culture
Power of story and our human potential
How a liberal professor shattered her world view
Explaining the principles of the Theory of Enchantment
Enchantment thesis explained
The impact of reading Literature vs polemical works
Teaching her theory
The role of dance in her life
Chaos of Covid19 and the broader issues underlying the moment
Using the program to address societal issues
Creating meaning out of disorder and chaos
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More and the book she is writing
Her process for learning and discipline
The note A minor
Links In The Show