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Storytelling is essential to what it means to be human. The process of knowing involves storytelling, and our value systems that determine what is just or unjust are all influenced by the stories we tell ourselves. In addition, human beings exist in a planetary context with many other entities (species, rivers, glaciers, oceans) that have a “story” to tell and that are parts of our own stories. Finally, the power of story and re-narration helps to rethink and create new communities, as we have seen with the MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and Fridays for Future movements. Counterpoint, in collaboration with The Pachaysana Institute, is offering a 4-part online workshop series that focuses on storytelling and its relationship to knowledge, justice, healing, and the creation of new possible futures for the planetary community.

Over the month of October, we’ll meet every Wednesday to discuss the various dimensions of this theme with internationally renowned experts from various professions and disciplines. After an introductory meeting on 7 October, the workshop series will focus on storytelling and its relationship to knowledge, justice, healing, and the creation of new possible futures for the planetary community. Each day will consist of a panel discussion on a specific topic, followed by an interactive workshop with all participants.

 

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  • Storytelling for Social and Planetary Change

     

    Storytelling for Social and Planetary Change: Part I, Introduction

    Storytelling is essential to what it means to be human. The process of knowing involves storytelling, and our value systems that determine what is just or unjust are all influenced by the stories we tell ourselves. In addition, human beings exist in a planetary context with many other entities (species, rivers, glaciers, oceans) that have a “story” to tell and that are parts of our own stories. Finally, the power of story and re-narration helps to rethink and create new communities, as we have seen with the MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and Fridays for Future movements. This is the first of a 4-part online workshop series that focuses on storytelling and its relationship to knowledge, justice, healing, and the creation of new possible futures for the planetary community.

     

    Storytelling for Social and Planetary Change: Part II, Knowing

    Humans are not the only storytellers. If we humans listen and pay deep attention, we can “hear” or “sense” the stories of mountains, rivers, salmon, bald eagles, ants, the microbiome, solar systems, and atoms. There are multiple planetary stories that make up the worlds in which we live. If we are to gain a better understanding of our worlds, and the worlds that make up the planetary system at any given time, then we must listen to multiple stories and not force all of these stories into our own. And we can refrain from turning a story into a grand narrative. Maybe we just listen to the many stories there are, like a cacophony of sounds that turns into a pattern for planetary music. David Abram, Polly Walker, and Juan Sanchez join us for this second webinar. Recorded October 14, 2020.