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Peacebuilding through Storytelling

TitlePeacebuilding through Storytelling
Publication TypePresentation
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsOpacin, N
Abstract

The presentation aims to evoke understanding of “the other” through storytelling, to trigger a sense of empathy. Stories have a point, they exert moral pressure. Stories are about what should be in order to shape thought and action to bring about change. Storytellers would try to invoke the past to comment on problems and needs in the present in order to affect the future. Storytelling is a significant means of socializing children and young adults across cultures; it can play an important role in peace education and empowering young people to be peacemakers themselves. If they hear stories of people from other intercommunal conflicts, they would realize how much people on both sides of the conflict have suffered, and that they are not the only ones suffering from this social problem and trauma, and they might thus become motivated to work for change and peace.  

URLhttp://www.peaceeventsarajevo2014.eu/
Full Text

The aim of this presentation is to promote storytelling as an effective tool to peacebuilding, evoking an understanding of 'the other', to trigger a sense of empathy. Stories have a point, they exert moral pressure. Stories are about what should be in order to shape thought and action to bring about change. With storytelling it is tried to invoke the past to comment on problems and needs in the present in order to affect the future. Storytelling is a significant means of socializing children and young adults across cultures; it can play an important role in peace education and empowering youg people to be peacemakers themselves.