October 12-13, 2018
Radisson Blu, Bucharest
Oct 12-13, 2018 Sold Out

The Power of Storytelling (PoS) is an (un)conference built on the idea that well-crafted stories connect people, heal wounds, inspire, lead, and create change.

This is a one of a kind event in Eastern Europe. Since 2011 it has brought to Bucharest almost more than 50 superstar storytellers in all fields – from media, to arts, to business – for inspirational talks, and nuts and bolts training.

Apart from the boost of energy, and creative optimism, PoS is a chance for professionals to master the use of storytelling in journalism, creative industries, civil society, and business.


This year, we’re focusing on how good storytelling can change our understanding, and our perspective. The writer Joan Didion said we tell stories in order to live. They are a tool to make sense of the world around us, but also of our own identities, and our place in our communities.

In other words, we are the stories we tell ourselves.

In this era of disinformation, division, and distrust, all of us – journalists, artists, communicators, change makers of all kinds – can use better storytelling to rewrite the existing narratives, and craft a better, more inclusive and more connected future.


Cristian Lupșa

Cristian is the editor of DoR, a quarterly devoted to longform narrative journalism. He started The Power of Storytelling to help spread the gospel and importance of well-told stories.

Cătălina Rață

Cătălina runs the commercial partnerships for PoS. She will do her best to make the conference a unique and interactive experience for sponsors, partners and participants.

Laura Trocan

Laura holds the magic wand of organizing events, including DoR Live and PoS. At the conference, ask her anything about everything and she will answer quickly with a big smile.

Artemisa Pascu

Artemisa guides the DoR and PoS visual identity. She’s the go-to wunderkid for color schemes, cropping, lettering, collage-making and award-winning magazine covers.

Carla Lunguți

Carla is DoR magazine’s distribution magician and the biggest emoji enthusiast. In 2018 she’s helping us with website content and whatever else she can get her hands on.

Anamaria Tataru

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

Ioana Șopov

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

Rareș Cinteză

Rareș is an art director and graphic designer who works in communication, and event management. He co-created #Story18’s visual identity and consults with website design.

Andreea Giuclea

Andreea coordinates the communication & social media for the conference (use #Story18, she says). She’s also a sports writer, and occasionally takes our guests to games.

Cătălina Albeanu

Cătălina works on the communications side for the conference, writing content for the site and organizing coverage during the event.

Cătălin Georgescu

Cătălin is a close friend of DoR and a passionate photographer with a beautiful challenge: to capture the genuine emotions displayed on your faces while you get lost in the storytelling.

Călin Ciobanu

Călin is part of the passionate team at LATERAL, the innovative and creative tech company that has been co-designing, and supporting The Power of Storytelling website.

Ioana Burtea

Ioana assists with social media and is in charge of the media partnerships. She makes sure The Power of Storytelling is known 'round the world, and that it makes the proper splash.

Mihai Leontescu

Mihai is in charge with all side events at PoS including a dozen blind dates with participants. Unfortunately, he will not be able to attend them all.

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.

Advisors, friends, and alumni: 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, Ariana Bădin, Irina Ștefan, Sînziana Sumbasacu, DoR reporters and editors, and many enthusiastic and wonderful volunteers.


Past speakers

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.