7th Edition, Bucharest
October 20-21, 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel
Oct 20-21, 2017 Registration

This year's theme: Closer

This is an important year for stories. Our world is in turmoil. People have come down hard on 2016, but 2017 isn’t looking any better. Wars are looming, anxieties are high, disparities and divisions are everywhere. Most of the stories we see and hear today are stories of chaos and fear, of unwanted change. These stories are sometimes spread by forces who benefit from our uncertainties: they stress the possibility of terrorism, the need for isolation, the impossibility of integrating the Other (be they political enemies, refugees or minorities).

We, at The Power of Storytelling, believe stories shouldn’t build fences or push people away. On the contrary. Good stories bridge the divide, they bring us closer, they create a shared sense of the world, and of our mission. They are the primary force of human connection, and our most powerful tool for learning how to live a better life.

The Power of Storytelling is a conference about the connecting and healing capabilities of stories, about how they make us better, make our communities wiser, our work more meaningful and impactful. We don’t turn away from painful stories, but we look for the common ground beyond trauma.

In 2017, our incredible speakers will tackle the troubling realities of our age – uncertainty, fear, inequality, misinformation –, and look at how stories can explain them, put them in context, while also giving a voice to those that have not been heard. Bringing untold stories and voices into the public sphere gives them social currency, reaffirms our humanity, and brings us closer.

Format and logistics

The Power of Storytelling is not just a conference. It’s a community of people from all creative industries or with a passion for creating, and what we’re offering you guys this year, apart from our traditional two-day event, is a full week of engaging activities. Here’s the breakdown of #Story17:

  • Keynote talks (20-21 October) – what you already know as the main conference: inspiration and craft from international award-winning speakers.
  • DoR Picks (16-22 October) – exhibits, screenings, book signings and live music carefully curated by DoR magazine. A full schedule will be available in the following weeks.
  • Workshops (21 October) – in-depth learning sessions with key speakers.

The conference

The Power of Storytelling is a conference built around the idea that stories can change our worlds.

The only one of its kind in Eastern Europe, it brings together superstar storytellers in all fields – from media, to arts, to business – to show the potential of stories to connect people, to heal wounds, to move to action, and to drive change.

We started in 2011 because we believe stories are for everyone. This event grows out of our deep commitment to in-depth and intimate narrative journalism, and attracts writers, producers, artists, communicators, marketers, activists, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.

Over the years, our speakers have included multiple winners of Pulitzer Prizes, National Magazine Awards, Emmys, and many other accolades. They were writers, editors, producers, digital innovators, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and musicians, all among the best in their respective fields.


The conference is hosted by DoR, a Romanian quarterly journal of groundbreaking nonfiction, and Lateral, an innovative technology company based in Transylvania and the US. DoR and Lateral are joined by many wonderful sponsors,  supporters, and friends.

www.decatorevista.ro www.lateral-inc.com


Cristian Lupșa

Cristian is the editor of DoR, a quarterly devoted to longform narrative journalism and essays about the way we are and live in Romania. He started The Power of Storytelling conference in 2011 to help spread the gospel of well-told stories.

Adrian Lungu

Adrian has been involved with the conference since 2011, the year he joined the DoR team. Other than raising funds, and enjoying the keynotes, he likes driving the speakers around.

Ciprian Morar

Ciprian is the CEO of LATERAL, the wonderful creative technology company that has been co-designing, and supporting The Power of Storytelling since 2015.

Ariana Bădin

Ariana is the designated responsible adult who makes sure everything goes as planned and everyone knows what their tasks are. She handles relations with our partners, logistics, and watches over the experience.

Ioana Burtea

Ioana oversees the website content, social media and media partnerships for the conference. She makes sure that The Power of Storytelling gospel is heard 'round the world and causes a proper splash.

Sînziana Sumbasacu

Sînziana is the person who will make the participants feel welcome and taken care of, while providing support on administrative issues and logistics.

Andreea Giuclea

Andreea assists with communication & social media for the conference (she is encouraging everybody to start using #Story17). She’s a sports reporter and occasionally takes our guests to games.

Anamaria Tataru

Anamaria (her friends call her Anuca) is the administrative magician of the DoR team. Her favorite stories are the ones told by numbers: on her daily reading list you will find cash-flows, budgets, and financial reports.

Artemisa Pascu

Artemisa is DoR’s art director and also guides #Story17’s visual identity. She’s the go-to wunderkid for color schemes, cropping, lettering, collage-making and award-winning magazine covers.

Ioana Șopov

Ioana is an amazing illustrator who co-created the visual identity of the conference. She’s with us for the second year in a row, she loves Earl Grey and admires Darth Vader. We like her.

Rareș Cinteză

Rareș is an art director and graphic designer who works in communication, advertising and event management. He co-created #Story17’s visual identity and consults with website design. Rareș is awesome.

Carla Lunguți

Carla is DoR magazine’s intern and a #Story17 assistant, who just graduated from Journalism school. She’s helping us with website content and whatever else she can get her hands on.

Advisors, friends, and alumni: Cătălin Georgescu, Irina Tacu, Georgiana Ilie, Gabriela Pițurlea, Sorana Stănescu, Alina Dîrstaru, Oana Sandu, Andreea Drăgan, Andreea Ioniță, Stela Serghiuță, Ramona Cherciu, Oana Filip, Anca Drăgoi, Andreea Vrabie, Raymond Bobar, Călin Tritean, Ștefan Bălan, Mircea Drăgoi, Ana Vișan, Andreea Bota, Lavinia Gliga, Gabriel Dobre, Solene Cesbron, Ancuța Iosif, DoR reporters and editors, and many enthusiastic and wonderful volunteers.


Here are some of our partners over the years

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Past speakers

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch.

Wendy MacNaughton

Her work appears in places like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Print Magazine. She lives in San Francisco with two cats, one dog and her partner, writer Caroline Paul.

Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy is the singer/guitarist and songwriter for the Portland, OR band The Decemberists. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles, a trilogy of novels for middle-grade readers.

Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, editor, and globetrotting coach.

Chris Jones

Chris is an award winning writer-at-large for Esquire and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

Lisa Pollak

Lisa is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and radio producer who specializes in narrative stories about ordinary people.

Jonah Sachs

Jonah is the Co-Founder and CEO of Free Range Studios and an internationally recognized storyteller, author, marketer, designer and entrepreneur.

Amy O’Leary

Amy is Editorial Director at Upworthy. She previously worked for The New York Times as a reporter, editor and multimedia producer specializing in digital storytelling.

Tom Junod

Tom has been a writer-at-large for Esquire for 16 years. He got his start writing for Atlanta Magazine.

Monica Nicoara

Documentary film director, producer and writer, Mona was born in Communist Romania and, until 1989, dedicated her early years to becoming a poet.

Tudor Giurgiu

Tudor is a director, as well as the founder and President of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF).

Alex Tizon

Alex is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and faculty member at the University of Oregon.

Starlee Kine

Starlee is a radio producer, writer, and pop culture critic. She has produced stories for This American Life.

Evan Ratliff

Evan is founder and editor of The Atavist, a storytelling platform for the digital age.

Pat Walters

Pat is editor of Pop-Up Magazine. Before that he was a producer at the public radio show Radiolab.

Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti is a longtime GQ contributor, winner of a National Magazine Award and author of two New York Times bestselling books.

Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, an essay collection, and of Gin Closet, a novel.

Robert Krulwich

Robert Krulwich is co-host of Radiolab, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning program about “big ideas”, now one of public radio’s most popular shows.

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