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 those moments, unfettered by bigotry, prejudice or discrimination, we celebrate! On the flip-side, story’s archives are overflowing with nightmarish tales of resistance to social change of which inclusivity and diversity are inseparable. So given our right to freedom of speech what, in real time, is a storyteller to do? So many answers…so little time.
Onawumi will share stories from her Sankofa Collection–UNCHAINED VOICES…along with anecdotes from experiences in the field.
Each piece, selected to cast light on and encourage advocacy is told to honor those on whose shoulders we stand, those who stand before us, and those who are yet to come.
JOIN this interactive experience-be ready to lift your voice and SAY WHU-U-UT!!!
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 in healthier ways.
Recorded September 29, 2015
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 in this teleconference shares how the stories or narratives we tell ourselves, about ourselves, can change our rivers’ courses and set into motion the ripples that reach out to others on our shores. Perhaps changing our lives is as simple as changing our personal narratives. Lorna also touches on how personal myth building can help us navigate grief.
Recorded October 13, 2015
Lee Ellen shares from her experiences as educator and arts administrator for the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service in Ithaca, NY., and specifically how she utilizes storytelling to educate the community and reach the populations in crisis, and support those left behind.
Recorded November 10, 2015
Michael spoke of his work with the California’s Arts in Corrections program: Inmates learn the power of the art of storytelling. “But I don’t know how to tell a story” is a phrase I hear often at the beginning of my workshop – followed by the telling of a touching or humorous tale. Using a variety of story games, prompts and and Talking Story, they learn how to find, develop and tell their stories. AND have fun in the process.
Recorded January 12, 2016
Learning to Care and Listen. Hear about how a story-based approach has informed the creation of a “Caring Corps” and Cindy’s work with 4th graders and their parents at a Boston area synagogue and school. Cindy teaches children skills in listening, interviewing and reflection while they learn about offering support through life cycle events such as baby arrivals, illness and loss.
Recorded March 8, 2016
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 shamed, how to release the destructive voices of our inner critics and connect with our full creative power and possibility. Then we share it – OUT LOUD. This teleconference featured some discussion and also interactive exercises and conversation.
Recorded April 20, 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 you plan to be in Kansas City or not this coming July, this is a chance to hear behind the scenes reflections from our HSA concert featured performers, Michael McCarty, Susan O’Halloran, Lilli Pang, Emily Lansana and Pre-Con facilitator, Lani Peterson. All are involved in storytelling for social justice, working towards the empowerment of disenfranchised voices. Come join our virtual panel as we all learn from each other’s story work in social justice arenas. What are the stories we tell? What are the stories we listen for? How can we address social inequities and create social change through storytelling? How are we changed by the work that we do?
Recorded June 14, 2016
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 across cultural boundaries and many stories are recorded and shared online throughout the world through the online audio collection. In this teleconference Matt Hopwood shared aspects of his journeying 2000 miles on foot across the UK, and most recently in 500 miles of Scotland, and how he facilitated the gathering and sharing of stories. He told a few of the many love (in the widest sense of the word) stories he heard and collected, and will talk about how this process has been transformational for the listeners and tellers. www.ahumanlovestory.com
Recorded May 24, 2017
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