We just came back from the Story Swap evening event, organized as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival. In a press release late April Story Swap was very “functionally” described as follows: “High school students in Port-au-Prince and New Orleans will share personal stories of family, landscape, and cultural and emotional differences via live videoconferencing as part of this modern-day pen pal project. Through the use of storytelling, creative writing, and the visual arts, this cross-cultural exchange is designed to help strengthen and, in this case, restore individuals, schools, and communities.”
Tonite we experienced 5 of these young people who lived the earthquake in Haiti and the hurricane Katrina. They’ve shared with us their experiences during the project:
– how it felt to tell the own story,
– what relief they felt, when they started talking,
– what was set free within themselves by telling the story
– and what enables them now to really re-start their lives.
There is always hope … that is what they’ve said.
I have never attended a panel which was so …
This video which gives you some insights of what Story Swap is all about.