Stories of Ours is a project that aims to deepen community, invite solidarity, and challenge dominant narratives through intentional acts of storytelling.

The audience from our an in April, 2015. Photo by Sean DeCory.

Our vision is to be a bridge between humans through the power of personal narrative.

 

Our mission is to create a space for everyday voices to be heard and experiences to be shared, with an emphasis on empowering people who may exist outside of dominant, normative narratives and structures.

 

We are a platform for people to share personal narratives that humanize otherwise daunting structures like racism or sexism, and foster empathy to humanize divergent experiences.  We hope to provide a space anyone can occupy, and to fill this space with as many different narratives as we can.

 

At each event, storytellers of various backgrounds, ages, and experiences share true stories as we listen with open hearts and minds. We aim to go beyond cross-cultural dialogue and reach a place were we can lean into and support a culture of inclusivity and anti-oppression. We want to grow a movement that challenges us to see inwards to grow outwards; we want to tear down the walls humanity has created and work towards true inclusivity, solidarity, and reconciliation one person at a time.

 

Sharing stories opens doors. It creates the conditions for solidarity and understanding between us as a whole people, uncovering hidden and sometimes surprising connections. How do the struggles and successes of my Korean family relate to those of your Pakistani, Jamaican, or Peruvian families? How can we begin to humanize experiences and challenges that seem distant from ours?

 

Jason Rocky Carter performing a traditional drum song before sharing his story. Photo by Sean Decory.

Jason Rocky Carter performing a traditional drum song before sharing his story. Photo by Sean Decory.

 

We want to grow a movement that challenges us to see inwards to grow outwards; we want to tear down the walls humanity has created and work towards true inclusivity, solidarity, and reconciliation one person at a time. We work for the simple, revolutionary act of caring. 

Each experience, vulnerability and strength that is shared acts as a bridge between us - and this is magical. It makes us care.

Storytelling is more than entertainment - it is a deeply immersive vehicle for social change.

With deep community comes deep unity and, best of all, the conditions for momentum and action.

It's simple: we listen.

By listening, we build trust and diversify our experiences. We are provoked to reflect and grow. 

With this trust and diversity of experience, we build empathy.

With this empathy, we are empowered to change our behaviour and perspective. It may affect how we parent, or vote. It may affect how we move through spaces, or the words we choose to use. 

 

We get to choose how we behave. We get to choose whether we ignore the rights and struggles of others because we may currently have those rights, or not have those struggles. We can choose whether to use our voices and experiences to hold up others or turn away in fear.

 

I'M IN. HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Come to an upcoming event or check out some videos to see what it's all about.

Join the Facebook Group to get updates and news. 

Want to share a story? Email erinkangster@gmail.com with inquiries. 

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