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.