What's Your Story?: Using Narrative to Foster Empathy In Your Community

What’s Your Story? - Using Narrative to Foster Empathy in your Community

Stories are power.  The cave painters knew it.  We know it.  Stories are the way we embrace our deep-seated need to make sense of our lives and the lives of others.  In stories we invite listeners to the spark of “what-if” that can lead to action.  Stories develop our skills to listen, to tell, to take perspective, and to communicate with one another.  Stories build community.   

This workshop will introduce Narrative 4, a global organization that fosters empathy by breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes through the exchange of stories across the world.  Led by globally influential artists, educators, students and community advocates, Narrative 4 is developing a generation of empathetic leaders and citizens. 

This workshop will also ask you to become part of a greater narrative – the need to integrate empathic, social and emotional learning opportunities more deliberately into our community work.    

Join Narrative 4 for an experiential workshop that illustrates the power and effectiveness of our core methodology - the story exchange.

Narrative 4's Vision

A World where young adults lead with empathy

Narrative 4's Mission

Narrative 4 harnesses the power of the story exchange to equip and embolden young adults to improve their lives, communities and the world.

For those of you who like a little more preparation, here are some articles and videos to peruse prior to the training workshop. They showcase Narrative 4 and help define the nature of our work as it pertains to empathy and storytelling.

https://www.upworthy.com/

http://Narrative4.com (watch “Our Story” video)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/04/magazine/tale-of-two-schools.html?_r=0

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/12/gun-violence-radical-empathy.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39727185

Trainer Bio:

Lee Keylock, the Director of Global Programs at Narrative 4, oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of N4’s ongoing programmatic development. Originally from Britain, Lee emigrated to the United States in 1989 and taught English at Newtown High School in Connecticut for thirteen years. He has served as an adjunct professor teaching Creative Writing and Composition at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, where he also earned his MFA in Creative Writing.

Upcoming What's Your Story?: Using Narrative to Foster Empathy In Your Community Workshops