“Stories of Nonviolence from the Peripheries: The Experience of the Philippines” is a captivating two-hour storytelling session that took place on January 30, 2024. The event shed light on the transformative experiences of religious and community workers who have adeptly applied nonviolent strategies to navigate interpersonal, political, tribal, and inter-religious conflicts.
Herstory Writers Workshop, an organization devoted to using personal memoir to change hearts, minds and policies, is seeking a part-time associate director with a strong track record in nonprofit leadership.
This article by Kevin Chin and Kristi Rudelius-Palmer focuses on first-person storytelling of human rights experiences as an important process for advancing racial justice issues.
At just 17 she had to flee her home due to war. Now, over 20 years later, Dragana, the Regional Cooperation Coordinator of the Nansen Dialogue Centre of Serbia, uses the power of education to help bridge the divide created by conflict.
Ina Curic is an author of children’s books – bedtime stories for children and waking-up stories for parents, in one. Her books cover topics including peace and environmental education.
Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method noting that it is ineffective, a waste of resources and potentially even damaging as it can lead to a fixed approach that could impair pupils’ potential to apply or adapt themselves to different ways of learning.
The Aegis Trust organised a two day workshop at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in December 2016 with a focus on storytelling as part of the Healing Communities Programme. The workshop gathered young peace champions from across the country to learn how to promote peace in their communities through film and photography.
Peace-building stories are stories that build hope and peace in hearts and minds and are meant to be shared especially with children. The story themes reflect upon the inherent structural inequalities and rather than perpetuating cynicism, fear or despair they purposefully re-focus attention upon building hope and introduce nonviolent, peaceful processes by offering a simple means for the creation of imaginative, nonviolent, collective solutions. One story, Donald the Drake, has been written in response to the uncertainty about the future of democratic processes within the United States and the consequential impact upon world peace. It focusses attention upon exploring how citizens can bring out the best in their elected leaders in peaceful, nonviolent ways instead of allowing fear to dictate thinking and action.
Peace-based storytelling session sparks hope in conflict-affected, underdeveloped communities (Philippines)
In conflict situations, stories enable societies to connect, engage, and even provide opportunities to resolve conflicts. They help in socializing — countering false stereotypes and narratives that justify violence and conflict thereby assisting the process of peacebuilding. Noting the value and importance of Executive Order No 570 s. 2006, known as Institutionalizing Peace Education in Basic Education and Teacher Education, storytelling sessions were held across Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) areas during the 2016 National Peace Consciousness Month.
Mumbai-based writer, educator and peace builder Chintan Girish Modi conducted a workshop with students of Dikshant International School on the topic, ‘India-Pakistan: Scripting a New Future’. Modi, is also the founder of Friendships Across Borders: Aao Dosti Karein – an initiative that uses the power of storytelling and social media to foster cross-border friendships and transform hostility into hope.
(Amnesty International) How to present the challenges faced by refugees to a young audience so they can relate to someone else’s experience? If you’re a teacher and if you’ve ever considered starting a discussion on refugee rights with your class, you may have wondered this. Amnesty International found out how a Human Rights Friendly School in Portugal uses personal testimonies to draw a more complete image of what it’s like to be a refugee.
Storytelling is on the rise. With the continued expansion of technology sharing stories has never been easier. In the latest issue of “Building Peace,” a publication of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, “Inside the Storytelling Revolution,” examines the countless ways we communicate with one another and the power that stories hold to inspire peace as well as war.
This issue looks at the processes of advocacy and advertising—both selling peace in their unique ways. It features the work of StoryCorps and how they are lifting up local voices to contribute to a more peaceful society. Stories also come from the Countering Violent Extremism and filmmaking communities as they explore the ways that narratives can rewrite history—and what it takes to reveal the truth.