Committing to Peace in Ireland

Critically acclaimed Irish novelist Colum McCann believes that peacemakers ¨must show the tenacity of a fanatic.¨ Since the peace accords of 1998, he worries that complacency will halt the conversation between Irish nationalists and pro-British loyalists and peace may falter.  McCann’s answer is to revitalise commitment to cooperation rather than to take it for granted; peace […]

How the Teddy Bear taught us Compassion


In 1902, while on a hunting trip, Theodore Roosevelt was presented with the opportunity to kill or save a bear.  The next day, his decision was all over the newspapers in cartoon form.  The cartoon inspired toy manufacturers to invent the plush teddy bear and subsequently turn a ‘ferocious beast’ into a cuddly toy.   In […]

Exploring Beyond Tolerance at the Narrative Practitioners Forum

On Wednesday, July 23rd Stories for Society facilitated a workshop at the Narrative Practitioners Forum, held at the London Inter Faith Centre.  The workshop explored the concept of Beyond Tolerance and gave participants a taste of the Island Method.  Participants explored the creation of a character, the “visitor” in the Island Method, and how to […]

Catching the Classroom up to the 21st Century

Ingvi Hrannar Omarsson shares his experience of what current school practices he finds obsolete in his recent blog post.  He hopes to begin a worldwide discussion about how to better the classroom. At Stories for Society, we are enabling students to practice 21st century skills like empathy and compassion in the classroom through our cross-curricular […]

How Stories Hurt and Heal


As a writer, Chimamanda Dgozi Adichie recognises the power of  storytelling. As a Nigerian, she recognizes the danger in the one recurring story of suffering and violence told about Africa.  Though single stories can become stereotypes which dehumanize, Adichie shows us that stereotypes fade when we start cultivating many stories.Watch Adichi’s compelling TED Talk about using stories to […]