October 12-13, 2018
Radisson Blu, Bucharest
Oct 12-13, 2018 Registration

Tag: Speakers

August 15, 2018

Jonah Sachs on rewriting his leadership style

Author and marketer Jonah Sachs's third appearance at our conference coincides with the launch of his second book, Unsafe Thinking.
August 14, 2018

Brian Reed on working on the groundbreaking podcast S-Town

Get to know Brian Reed, the host and co-creator of the groundbreaking podcast S-Town and #Story18 speaker.
January 16, 2018

Video: Nikole Hannah-Jones on journalism and rage

Watch this #Story17 video in which award-winning investigative reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones spoke about rage, Charlottesville, 400 years of racism in the US, and how we educate our children.
November 1, 2017

Pat Walters on why journalists should get on board with podcasting

As part of The Power of Storytelling festival, radio journalist and producer Pat Walters gave us a crash course on podcasting, walking us through how the medium works and why it's so appealing to people.
September 26, 2017

Pat Walters likes ambiguity

Radio producer Pat Walters has an eye, or rather an ear, for stories that end differently than you would expect.
September 26, 2017

Nikole Hannah-Jones: We must hold power accountable

A staff writer with The New York Times Magazine and a recipient of a National Magazine Award, a Peabody Award and a George Polk Award, Nikole Hannah-Jones is one of the most respected investigative journalists in the US.
September 25, 2017

Thomas French: Narrative is not going away

Get to know celebrated journalist and author Thomas French, winner of a Pulitzer Prize and dedicated teacher to entire generations of writers.
September 24, 2017

Jacqui Banaszynski: Don’t quit until you get good

Jacqui Banaszynski is returning to The Power of Storytelling this October to share her invaluable wisdom with us. Here's just a tiny part of what she's taught us over the years.
September 12, 2017

11 reasons to join The Power of Storytelling in 2017

The best way to know our speakers and understand what you can learn from them is to consume their work. Here's a small part of it.
September 7, 2017

Jacqui Banaszynski reflects on a controversial story about modern slavery

Jacqui Banaszynski shared her thoughts about a controversial personal account on modern slavery written by the late Alex Tizon, twice a speaker at The Power of Storytelling.
September 5, 2017

Paul Browde on death, medicine and full disclosure

Paul Browde learned to be open, fearless and authentic once he made peace with his life as a gay, HIV-positive doctor who believes medicine and storytelling go hand in hand.
September 5, 2017

Oscars-nominated Murray Nossel believes in healing through stories

Murray Nossel, an Oscars-nominated documentary filmmaker, teacher, and performer, lives and breathes storytelling.
August 17, 2017

Elie Gardner and the stories that change storytellers’ lives

Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Elie’s work revolves around migration, women’s rights and education, and this led her from Afghanistan, to Zimbabwe and up and down the Western Balkan migration route.
August 17, 2017

Finbarr O’Reilly and the impact of photography

After more than a decade spent covering conflicts as a newswire photographer, Finbarr O’Reilly was ready to put the camera down. He says writing a book about the experience felt restorative.
August 11, 2017

Stories (and books) recommended by past speakers

With one month left of summer, we put together a list of stories and books recommended by our former speakers on Twitter.
August 8, 2017

10 things Debbie Millman learned the hard way

What we learned from Debbie Millman’s inspiring talk on overcoming rejection at the National Theatre Bucharest on August 7.
August 1, 2017

Sarah Stillman on shedding light on human rights issues

Sarah Stillman, staff writer at The New Yorker, always gravitated towards stories at the margins of mainstream storytelling.
July 26, 2017

8 things you don’t know about Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman, The Power of Storytelling & Visual Playground's guest on August 7 at the National Theatre Bucharest, is a woman of many talents, awards and titles. Graphic Design USA named her one of the most influential designers of our times.
July 21, 2017

Jenna Pirog on pioneering storytelling mediums

Jenna Pirog is The New York Times’ first full-time virtual reality editor, so everything she does is an experiment - from the VR movies she produces, to the way she organizes her day.
July 19, 2017

Mindy Fullilove on healing cities

#Story17 speaker Mindy Fullilove dedicated her career to studying the interdependence between environment and mental health.
July 4, 2017

2017 speakers lineup

Now that registration is open, have another look at the incredible lineup of storytellers coming to Bucharest on October 20-21 and book your spot as soon as possible.
June 7, 2017

Debbie Millman on designing your life

Come see one of the most influential designers and storytellers working today on Monday, August 7, in Bucharest.
September 19, 2016

Cătălin Tolontan on the ethics of journalism and the future of media

Cătălin Tolontan is one of the best known and most awarded investigative and sports journalists in Romania. Here are some of his principles on work and ethics.
September 6, 2016

Tim Howard on his path from music to radio

Tim Howard is the Executive Producer at Reply All, a podcast from Gimlet Media. In his free time, he writes and records music.
August 28, 2016

Jonah Sachs on why stories matter in marketing

Jonah Sachs, the marketing maven of good causes, is returning to The Power of Storytelling after two years with a talk on exploring different ways of thinking about the world.
August 16, 2016

Jacqui Banaszynski on the courage of telling stories

Jacqui Banaszynski has been with us from the first edition, both as speaker and as a mentor. She told us stories, taught us about craft, gave us multiple tips on writing, but mostly she inspired us.
August 16, 2016

Tara Skurtu on feeling poetry and letting one’s writing go free

Not getting admitted to medical school made Tara Skurtu follow her passion for poetry. She is now a poetess, a translator and a creative writing teacher in Transylvania, the homeland of her great-grandparents.
August 10, 2016

Jon Mooallem on freelancing, the benefits of journalism school and writing about wildlife

Jon Mooallem is the author of Wild Ones, named the best book of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review, and a writer-at-large for The New York Times.
August 2, 2016

Wendy MacNaughton on using drawings and words to convey human emotion

Through her drawings, Wendy MacNaughton tries to take viewers out of their everyday life and context and get them to walk into someone else’s shoes.
July 31, 2016

Dvora Meyers on writing about your passion

Brooklyn based journalist Dvora Meyers has been researching her niche since she was eight. That’s when she started practicing gymnastics, a passion she recently turned into a book.
July 25, 2016

Brian Lindstrom on building intimacy with the subjects of his films

Brian Lindstrom knew he wanted to make films when he was still in primary school. His documentaries aim “to reduce stigma and reveal the humanity of those living on the margins”.
July 21, 2016

Caroline Paul on living and writing about a life of adventures

Caroline Paul always knew that she never wanted to have a ”brief case and an office” type of job.
July 17, 2016

Colin Meloy on creating music and performing on stage

Colin’s extensive vocabulary and well known passion for obscure words turned him into one of the most intriguing songwriters of the past decade.
July 9, 2016

Cheryl Strayed on fear, hiking alone and writing a bestselling book about the experience

When she felt she reached “the bottom of her life”, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a three month hiking trip, then wrote a book about how it changed her. It became a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
July 4, 2016

David Sedaris: “Keeping a diary helps somehow tame the world around me”

David Sedaris on keeping a diary and what informs his writing: fucked up human behaviour, racial relations in America and disturbing, disgusting or generally funny events.
June 27, 2016

Carson Ellis on her creative process and her advice to young artists

Meet 2016 speaker Carson Ellis: insights into her creative process, her charmed life on a farm and being married to The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy.
June 23, 2016

New speakers confirmed

Check out the latest additions to the list of speakers you won’t want to miss this October.
May 25, 2016

An evening with David Sedaris

Come meet David Sedaris, one of the best humor writers alive. He will read and sign books on June 20, at ARCUB.
May 3, 2016

2016 speakers announced

Meet the superstar storytellers coming to Bucharest on 14-15 October for our 6th edition.
April 7, 2016

Video: Robert Krulwich on Finding Good Stories

Radiolab co-host Robert Krulwich's 2015 keynote on finding good stories, asking questions and never forsaking curiosity.
April 7, 2016

Video: John Freeman on The New Nowhere

American writer and literary critic John Freeman talked at the 2015 edition about the role of place in today's fiction and writing in general.
April 7, 2016

Video: Dan Perjovschi on Drawing on Walls

Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi talked at the 2015 edition about the process behind his internationally acclaimed work.
April 4, 2016

Video: Michael Paterniti on Projecting Stories

Longtime GQ contributor and author of two New York Times bestselling books Michael Paterniti talked at the 2015 edition about his view of writing.
March 24, 2016

Video: Wendy MacNaughton on Drawing from Life

Illustrator and graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton talked at the 2015 edition about mixing art and journalism to tell people’s stories.
March 14, 2016

Video: Richard Hernandez on Mastering Your Visual Voice

Tips and advice on how to create powerful visual stories shared at the 2015 edition by Instagram superstar Richard Koci Hernandez. Here is the video recording.
February 6, 2016

Video: Leslie Jamison on the Possibilities of the Personal

Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams spoke at the 2015 edition about personal writing.
January 29, 2016

Video: Carmen Bugan on the Language of Memory

Romanian poet and author Carmen Bugan discussed at the 2015 edition the process of creating literary work from personal testimony.
January 25, 2016

Video: Jacqui Banaszynski on The Importance of Place

Pulitzer Prize-winner Jacqui Banaszynski spoke at the 2015 edition about the role of place in stories. Here is the video recording.
December 26, 2015

Reading list: Michael Paterniti

2015 speaker Michael Paterniti recommends some of his favorite books, both fiction and non-fiction, that a writer could learn from.
September 28, 2015

Five reasons you should come to The Power of Storytelling in Cluj

With superstar storytellers in all kinds of mediums, this year’s conference is spreading once again to Cluj. We give you the most important 5 reasons you should absolutely join our 2nd edition here.
August 25, 2015

Carmen Bugan: How a children’s story ended up in the secret police’s files

Carmen Bugan wrote about the experience of growing up in communist Romania and having her father arrested for "propaganda against the socialist regime". This piece she wrote in 2012 shows the absurdity of life during Ceausescu's regime and how her childhood adventures became evidence in the file against her father.
August 13, 2015

Richard Koci Hernandez on creating art in the age of „social photography”

Photographer and multimedia journalist Richard Koci Hernandez won an Emmy award in 2008 for his documentary Uprooted and was nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize, but he might be best known for his Instagram account (@koci).
August 11, 2015

14 speakers, 14 reasons to come to The Power of Storytelling

There are hundreds of reasons to join our conference this year, but we narrowed it down to 11 really important ones.
August 6, 2015

Dan Perjovschi: Vanishing Points

Dan Perjovschi draws his trademark figures on the walls of the world’s most important art institutions, but he couldn’t do them without Romania. ● Article published in DoR Magazine, Winter 2011/2012.
August 4, 2015

Alexander Nanau on telling real stories through film

Alexander Nanau tells impressive life stories with empathy and skill, making sure they travel around the world, for everyone to watch.
August 3, 2015

Our favourite stories: Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti has gone around the world twice looking for stories of people pushed to their limits. From there, where fear meets despair, he shows us what humanity is.
July 29, 2015

Jacqui Banaszynski on stories that make a difference

Jacqui Banaszynski didn’t set out to become a storyteller, but turned out to be one of the most fervent believers in the power of stories to open minds, touch hearts and change lives.
July 29, 2015

Chris Jones on doing meaningful work

One of the most important magazine writers in the world weights in on the role luck played in his career.
July 15, 2015

Leslie Jamison: A cheat sheet

12 things you need to know about the author of The Empathy Exams, a spectacular blend of memoir, reporting, and cultural criticism that investigates pain, our ability to understand it, process it, as well as see it and acknowledge it in others.
July 15, 2015

Robert Krulwich on falling in love with your work

Curiosity has followed Robert Krulwich throughout his career, from Columbia Law School, to Award-winning television programs and ultimately to one of public radio’s most popular shows.
July 2, 2015

John Freeman on interviewing the most famous authors in the world

An unlikely Midwesterner with a passion for basketball became the universal BFF to the contemporary writer. And a poet.
July 1, 2015

Wendy MacNaughton on drawing people’s stories

Graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton’s journey to illustration was not a common one. Here are some of the things she learned along the way.
June 30, 2015

10 storytelling tips from past editions

We celebrate being only 100 days away from our fifth edition with 10 pieces of advice gathered in these past years of storytelling wisdom and inspiration.
June 20, 2015

New speakers confirmed

Check out the latest additions to the list of speakers you won’t want to miss this October.
June 15, 2015

Reading list: Laurie Hertzel

We asked 2011 speaker Laurie Hertzel to recommend some of her favorite nonfiction books to read this summer.
May 8, 2015

Announcing 2015 speakers

The wait is over. Here are the superstar storytellers coming to Bucharest this October.
January 10, 2015

Letter From Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski, one of our dearest speakers, writes Christmas letters to friends and family every year. Much of the one she wrote this year talks about her time in Romania and the serendipitous moments that conferences like us can create. We republished the letter, with Jacqui’s permission.
January 9, 2015

Amy O’Leary on getting the audience’s attention

Storytelling techniques that journalists can use to get more attention for their stories in a crowded online environment, from the new Editorial Director of Upworthy.
November 24, 2014

Reporting Tips From Jacqui Banaszynski

At the fourth edition of The Power of Storytelling, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and veteran coach Jacqui Banaszynski offered a few interviewing tips to help reporters become better listeners and tell better stories.
October 25, 2014

Cluj edition takeaways

After two days of storytelling wisdom in Bucharest, we moved to Cluj for an afternoon of stories with Cristian Lupsa, editor of Decât o Revistă magazine, Mircea Tomescu, communication specialist, and Jacqui Banaszynski, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, editor, and coach.
October 17, 2014

Friday takeaways

What happened on the first day of The Power of Storytelling conference.
October 12, 2014

Q&A De Correspondent: Journalism is Storytelling

De Correspondent co-founders Rob Wijnberg and Ernst-Jan Pfauth talked to us about the challenges behind their crowdfunding success, digital storyelling, and the ideal of objectivity in journalism.
October 7, 2014

Q&A Leigh Hafrey: Storytelling as a leadership tool

We talked with MIT Sloan School of Management Lecturer Leigh Hafrey about the connection between good leaders and good storytellers, and about how to use stories to teach.
September 15, 2014

Q&A Jacqui Banaszynski: Pay attention to the world around you

The lessons of a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter, editor and teacher to young journalists: be deeply curious, listen to people, read with a learning mind, find mentors. And never stop.
September 10, 2014

Reading list for students: Kelley Benham

The assigments Kelley Benham French is recommending to her students at Indiana University.
September 2, 2014

Q&A Amy O’Leary: Everyone is trying to be innovative right now

New York Times reporter and digital specialist Amy O’Leary talked to us about about social media, innovative newsrooms and her advice to young journalists.
August 14, 2014

Reading list: Jonah Sachs

Jonah Sachs recommends a list of marketing books for communicators who want to understand their audiences better.
August 2, 2014

Q&A Lisa Pollak: What makes a good storyteller

Reporter and radio producer Lisa Pollak talked to us about the elements of a good story, what makes radio storytelling unique and what it means to be a good radio talker.
July 20, 2014

Reading list: Leigh Hafrey

Leigh Hafrey, a lecturer in ethics, communication, and leadership at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Senior Moderator for the Aspen Institute, recommends his favourite books, articles and movies on leadership.
July 2, 2014

Q&A Chris Jones: What we write and read matters

Esquire writer-at-large Chris Jones talked to us about his work, the qualities of a good storyteller and what makes him come back to Romania for the third time. He is currently covering the World Cup in Brazil for ESPN.
June 4, 2014

Reading list: Jacqui Banaszynski

We asked Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter, editor and teacher Jacqui Banaszynski to recommend some of her favourite non fiction books.