Stories for Peace

Storytelling in Pursuit of Peace and Reconciliation

Somewhere on this planet, at any given time, human beings are at war. What can we do? How can we contribute our voices? As storytellers, we have an exceptional tool for helping to promote tolerance and understanding. It has been said that you can’t hate people once you’ve heard their stories. Whether or not that is precisely true, we may certainly find it more difficult to dehumanize and dismiss them.

Many storytellers throughout the world devote much of their repertoire to stories of peace and reconciliation. Often, these stories are catalysts for discussion and personal or group transformation.

Beyond Labels: Bridging Differences Through Storytelling

TEDxWilmingtonSalon  December 2017 Summary When Israeli-born Noa Baum moved to the U.S. and unexpectedly formed a friendship with a Palestinian woman, she realized the importance of listening to the story of the “other” – even if that other is the enemy. She discovered that storytelling transforms perceptions, and from that epiphany Noa shares how she …

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Onawumi Jean Moss

Storytelling In Times Like These The focus of this teleconference is on storytelling as a pivotal instrument to spark interest in social change. Storytelling is an integral part of our consciousness. In the best of times it is sent forth to nurture our dreams, aspirations and our ability to think highly of ourselves and others. In …

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Elisa Pearmain

Putting Down the Burning Coal Transforming anger into forgiveness through story. Through the lens of several folktales, personal stories and case studies, Elisa will illustrate the impediments to forgiveness, particularly looking at the many functions of anger. She will also suggest approaches for shifting our held resentment stories toward those of getting our needs met …

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Lorna Czarnota

The brain is a powerful tool that signals all systems within the human body. Can we direct those messages? Scientists are constantly looking at how the body shapes attitude and how attitude shapes the body. As a storyteller and healing story consultant, Lorna Czarnota has utilized the power of story in her own life and …

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Regi Carpenter

Living Out Loud. The exploration and expression of the self can be fraught with fear and anxiety. We are so often concerned with how our stories will be met by the world that we silent our voices. This teleconference discusses the things we fear: ridicule, judgment, failing, being vulnerable, feeling incompetent, being misunderstood and being …

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Healing Story Pre-Conference Preview 2016

Michael McCarty, Susan O’Halloran, Lilli Pang, Emily Lansana, Lani Peterson This teleconference gives you a sneak preview into some of the Healing Story gems that will unfold at the NSN Conference in Kansas City the third week in July. The focus of both HSA’s Wednesday night Concert and Thursday morning Pre-Conference is Social justice. Whether …

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Joan Stockbridge

  Tips, Tools, and Stories: Highlights from 15 years of Healing Story Work. In this teleconference, we’ll do a virtual mini-healing story session. I facilitate these sessions regularly in residential drug treatment programs, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and beyond. My primary focus in the groups is to foster resilience, self worth, courage, forgiveness, strength, …

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Tom DeWolf and Sharon Morgan

Gather at the Table: Story Sharing between Descendants of Slavery and Descendants of the Slave Trade. Centuries of injustice and trauma that face us every day in this country have no place for half-truths.  Sharon and Tom took the harder road – searching for healing, they walked together into painful histories and forged an honest …

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Arthuretta H Martin

Sankofa: Fetching our Souls through Story. Sankofa 2016 – December is a time that we traditionally wind down and reflect on the past year and prepare for the new one to come.  Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates as “Go back and get it.”  In the Asante Adinkra symbol …

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Laura Simms

Laura Simms will tell a tale and use it as a touchstone for inspiring a meaningful conversation about how we are feeling at present and how we can be helpful to ourselves and others in this time of sudden potential change, even danger.  This will be a facilitated workshop, not necessarily a talk.  However, “it …

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Norah Dooley

Stories as Blueprints for Resistance and Solidarity: A presentation and story swap led by Storyteller Norah Dooley At a  time in this country when the  language and  behavior of  the incoming  president, and  that of his proposed administration, has encouraged a rise in racist and sexist behavior, anti immigrant fervor, climate change denial, and demeaning …

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Donna Jacobs Sife

 “Together for Humanity – Telling Stories to Heal Conflict” This SEMINAR explores several practical techniques and story treatments that Donna has successfully used over the years through her work with communities in conflict, and in response to cross cultural misunderstandings. Drawing from Donna’s work in South Africa, Israel and Palestine, with indigenous and refugee communities …

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Sara Armstrong

Dilemma Stories Help Teach Social Justice Dilemma Stories – stories in which there are several options, all of which have some appeal – stimulate conversations about different perspectives and open up ideas different from our own. Dilemma Stories can be included in discussions about empathy, citizenship, literature, social studies topics, indeed, any situation in which …

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Jenni Cargill-Strong 1

From Stories of Place to Rewilding our Consciousness Jenni will touch on the breadth of stories she sees as relevant to environmental education and empowerment and that they are not all about nature or environmental issues. Jenni will tell the story “The Shambala Warriors” made famous by Deep Ecologist, Joana Macy, as well as a …

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Matt Hopwood

Love Stories Can Change the World The A Human Love Story project is all about sharing; our lives, our experiences, and our humanity as a way of creating ‘deep community’. The sharing of these stories together becomes an act of connection, something that can transform and continue the world. The resonance of these stories reaches …

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Jenni Cargill-Strong

From Stories of Place to Rewilding our Consciousness The Conversation Continues! Jenni will begin with a guided nature visualization and then outline some of the key concepts she teaches in her environmental storytelling workshops. She will tell a Buddhist prophecy ‘The Shambhala Warriors’, which Jenni has come to see as a potent and apt tale …

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Why Bat Hangs Upside Down

A story from Sudan, retold by Allison Cox. Long ago, when the world was new, the Creator called all the creatures together and told them, “The earth is filled with wondrous places – go out and find the place that you would call home.” So all the creatures went out and at first, all the …

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The Monk and the Samurai

Retold by John Porcino There was once a samurai warrior who traveled to the distant home of an old monk. On arriving he burst through the door and bellowed, “Monk, tell me! What is the difference between heaven and hell?” The monk sat still for a moment on the tatami-matted floor. Then he turned and …

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