During the past decade I have worked with talented experts in various fields to create a method for unleashing the transformational power of group story-making.
Together with colleagues In 2010 I founded Stories for Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving learning and communication, particularly among youth.
This initiative originated in my years of volunteer work in schools, which underscored the need for fun and accessible methods to facilitate the exploration of complex social issues and social-emotional learning among children and youth. Stories' method is particularly suited to creating greater openness, counteracting racism and intolerance, and including those who might have previously felt left out.
Stories for Society's work in Bosnia-Herzegovina underscored the relevance of its method to the emergence of democracy with content, and to envisioning an inclusive and humane society.
Our organization has provided training in its method and the dynamics of story-making overall, facilitated story-making groups, and promoted collaborative networks among storytellers.
In more recent years, the organization has pursued Voices Between: Stories Against Extremism, a new initiative to connect established authors globally to counteract extremism with their stories.
Learn more about our projects at www.storiesforsociety.com.
THE ISLAND METHOD
Take a look at the project in Minnesota summer 2019: http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/blog/villages/teaching-tolerance-through-storytelling#.XsPMYGgzZPY
A more detailed evaluation of the project:
The Creative Conversations is a podcast series by established authors devoted to exploring how we co-create a world that's more considerate, more resilient and stronger in the face of today's challenges.
Voices Between: Stories Against Extremism is a special project of Stories for Society founded in 2018 by established authors in Norway, Sweden and the U.S. to innovate learning about peace and war through storytelling.