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.