The Impact of Reading Harry Potter

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The Journal of Applied Social Psychology recently released a study showing that, “reading the Harry Potter series significantly improved young peoples’ perception of stigmatized groups like immigrants, homosexuals or refugees.”   When J.K. Rowling heard about this, her reaction was to explain that the Harry Potter books are a prolonged argument for tolerance.   To […]

From Slavery to Activism: A Family Heals

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From 1769-1820 Katrina Browne’s ancestors, the DeWolfs, trafficked in human beings, becoming America’s most prominent slave trading family and the second wealthiest family in America. Some years ago Browne decided, with other family members, that it was time to immerse herself in the ‘other’ story of this respected patrician New England family’s legendary success. Together […]

Working on the Forefront of Immigration

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On 5 November Stories for Society paid a visit to Prima Barn & Ungdomspsykiatri’s new clinic in Järva, an area in the greater Stockholm region which is a transit zone for immigrants, frequently from war-torn countries. The purpose of the visit was to discuss Stories for Society’s ongoing project in war-ravaged areas of Bosnia Herzegovina […]

Wisdom in the Age of Information

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In her recent animated essay, Maria Popova asks, “…how we can cultivate true wisdom in the age of information.”  Her answer?  Storytelling! We are bombarded with information today, expected to have an opinion on everything, and therefore, create our opinions hastily, without the chance to assimilate information. Popova explores how the information overload makes it difficult […]

St. Ethelburgas Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

1993 saw the last remaining medieval church in London destroyed by an IRA bomb.  The community came together to rebuild St. Ethelburgas church, and as they did it became clear it was the perfect home for London’s multi-faith Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.  Today, St. Ethelburgas is home to a Narrative Practitioners Forum, where individuals […]