Where Stories for Europe comes from

It is quite significant how things are interwoven. A joint book project called „Beyond Storytelling“ was the springboard of a new congress format with the same title, which has taken place in Heidelberg, in May 2017 – taking up and further developing the dialogic momentum between telling and listening.

What unites the authors of the book and the conference is the acknowledgement that stories are central for our perceiving, our thinking and the way we relate to each other and the world. Working in diverse fields, this group shares a deep interest in how community is formed, the practices of participatory processes and how we can ignite and support people in times of change.

The project „Stories for Europe“ can be seen as another outcome of this vivid dialogue. A joint effort which goes beyond the classical stakeholders of the European idea, to remember the suppressed voices, to regain a viable “structure of belonging” (Peter Block), to reveal new ways community can emerge from fragmentation and to support the amount of relatedness that exists in Europe.

So we can live into a desirable future which is shaped by the stories we tell.

The Team Behind Stories for Europe

Yannis Angelis - believes in the unifying aspect of "Stories for Europe" to connect people against all the dividing forces

Yannis Angelis - believes in the unifying aspect of "Stories for Europe" to connect people against all the dividing forces

Stephanie Bachmair - wants to deeper connect and give space to diversity through the "Stories for Europe"

Stephanie Bachmair - wants to deeper connect and give space to diversity through the "Stories for Europe"

Jacques Chlopczyk - strives to create spaces for dialogue from which new narratives of Europe can emerge

Jacques Chlopczyk - strives to create spaces for dialogue from which new narratives of Europe can emerge

Silvia Zulauf - is convinced that embedding a positive vision of Europe into our communication will set free th energy we need to realize a peaceful, democratic and strong future.

Silvia Zulauf - is convinced that embedding a positive vision of Europe into our communication will set free th energy we need to realize a peaceful, democratic and strong future.

Joanna Sell - wishes to create a deeper understanding of European identity and values through a more visual approach

Joanna Sell - wishes to create a deeper understanding of European identity and values through a more visual approach

Wolfgang Tonninger - thinks that the future of Europe hinges on our capability to enrich the communal spirit of Europe through stories

Wolfgang Tonninger - thinks that the future of Europe hinges on our capability to enrich the communal spirit of Europe through stories

Christine Erlach - is in search for other voices who can reunion Europe and counterbalance the Europe destroying discourse

Christine Erlach - is in search for other voices who can reunion Europe and counterbalance the Europe destroying discourse

Karin Thier – imagines an active and confident future of Europe which is reflected, documented and spread by positive narration

Karin Thier – imagines an active and confident future of Europe which is reflected, documented and spread by positive narration

Rik Peters - learns from Europe’s history to prepare for its future.

Rik Peters - learns from Europe’s history to prepare for its future.

Mary Alice Arthur is a Story Activist — she wants to support the emergence of Europe’s original Greek name, which means “the one with the wide-seeing eyes”.

Mary Alice Arthur is a Story Activist — she wants to support the emergence of Europe’s original Greek name, which means “the one with the wide-seeing eyes”.

Chené Swart

Chené Swart