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.