STORYTELLING FOR TRANSFORMATION
The World Mother Storytelling Project is based on and has
grown out of the Narativ listening and storytelling method,
which has been honed across decades of work on multiple continents.
The method enhances emotional intelligence by developing empathy,
compassion and connectedness.
The crux of the method is to harness the power of participants’
stories for personal healing and social transformation, which are at
the heart of the Project.
World Mother is an attempt to surface the hidden knowledge
of mothers and inscribe mother stories into the world.
It is a creative vision of how mothers’ stories, and children’s
stories, overlap, intersect and shape nations.
Photo courtesy of Jonah Markowitz
A TIMELY MULTI-VOCAL PLATFORM
The bond between mothers and children is a lens to examine some of
the most contested issues of our day, such as the ascendance of
womens’ voices, maternal health, environmental protection and
the need for discourses around love rather than hatred.
In the midst of the growing consciousness of the way women’s stories
have been written out of the public record for centuries,
World Mother offers a very concrete vehicle for changing
that—within families and communities; in public; on stage; as art.
The global threats of climate change profoundly affect poor, rural and
indigenous women whose lives are impacted by food shortages,
droughts, floods and diseases. The local knowledge of Mothers—housed
in their stories—are sources of innovative solutions.
Listen to founder Murray Nossel's origin story of the World Mother Storytelling Project