Our histories, our lives, our peoples and experiences are interconnected and influenced by one another in ways we can see more clearly when we tell our stories.
Stories reveal more about who we are. They connect us to past generations, orient us to our present, and provide a roadmap to where we hope future generations will lead this world. Yet, as important as stories are to our connection to ourselves, each other, and our vision for the world, it can be challenging to find the time and community to practice art and storytelling. Resonance Network holds storytelling as central to community building, and hosts a community of practice to deepen our storytelling together.
This year, folks in Resonance have been experimenting with practicing storytelling differently: unlike open mic, creative writing, or strategic communications, and more akin to sitting around a fire and opening ourselves to the stories that arise from within us. These stories are unedited and unrehearsed, and reveal themselves in relationship to other people’s stories.
What we’ve been discovering — through virtual and in-person storytelling gatherings — is that the experience of gathering together to share openly and connect spontaneously in this practice has been transformational. The experience has struck a chord with participants. Our hope was to bring intention to the ways we relate to one another and build community, with storytelling as an entry point, and we look forward to continued storytelling programming in 2020 and beyond, both in person and virtually.
“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see — or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read. ”
― Alice Walker