The 2020 National Storytelling Conference Program Committee invites you to submit proposals for consideration for the 2020 National Storytelling Conference. Please read the information below before proceeding to the proposal submission form.
The theme for the 2020 National Storytelling Conference is…
Engagement Through Empathy
An alternative approach to addressing our differences
The socio-political polarization of America is epidemic. Many have reverted to offensive tactics aimed simply at enlisting others so their viewpoint prevails. Stories enable an alternative approach. By thoughtfully telling our stories and respecting the rights of others to tell their stories, we will demonstrate how empathy can be nurtured and how it can become a force for resolution – even for unexpected outcomes. To acknowledge the humanity of one with whom we disagree is the beginning of a process in which creative, constructive solutions can be surfaced, considered, refined, and agreed upon – all beginning with a willingness to listen respectfully.
A note from the Conference Program Committee: The wording of the theme may change before October 15, but the sentiment will remain the same.