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2 oktober kl 18.30 på Stadsteaterns Kafé Klara.
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I’m more into storytelling than ever – seems as if elderliness is of a lesser problem in this profession. Recently I have been working with a Swedish folk-singer investigating the common roots of singing and telling. We use one of the oldest tales about the Nordic gods, Voluspá, as our point of departure.

In a couple of weeks I’ll launch an evening with unnerving stories by Selma Lagerlöf, a much loved Swedish Nobel Laureate. She grew up at the end of the 19th century in a mansion where they both cultivated classical music and tales of trolls & men. So a young classical pianist from the Royal College of Music, will play Beethoven’s piano sonata “Pathétique”. And, when there is a fitting pause in the score, I and a colleague will enter – not interrupt, I hope – with an appropriate story. Could turn out quite a ride.

Most rewarding of all, is my work as a coach. The company I belong to, Fabula Storytelling, has set up a scene for life stories, told by ordinary people – much like The Moth in New York. Helping someone, who never has been on a stage before, to deliver a true story to a large audience with nerve and sincerity – that makes me fell very, very much alive.

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Your fate, my fate, our stories

As a member of Fabula, a Swedish group of storytellers, I am invited to perform and give workshops at the sixth Hakaya festival being held 8-12 September in Amman, Jordan.

Hakaya is a network organized around Al Balad Theatre in Amman, El Warsha theatre group in Egypt and The Arab Education Forum, active in 22 Arab countries. The organizers note how the Arab Spring took most of the world by surprise. It’s repercussions are still unfolding, defying age-old rhetoric that people have neither voice nor power. The Middle East and North Africa continues to be a region faced with tough political and social-economic challenges and the need for peaceful change is felt everywhere. Therefore they have set up a program for turning peoples experiences into living stories. The aim is to expand cultural dialogue, focusing on the worth of individual human beings and the need to hear their stories. This is central, the organizers believe, to the democratization process and the healthy development of communities.

I am looking forward to this opportunity of sharing important experiences and turning episodes of our lives – theirs and mine – into well reflected stories.

One Response to “Your fate, my fate, our stories”

  • Pernilla:

    It sounds so important, I’m jealous and wish I could go with you! With all that’s going on in the region, listening and talking, telling and retelling, interpreting and turning stories over and over must be crucial to deepen understandning and try paths forward. Let us know what happens!

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Managing change in a democratic way

For a long time I have collaborated in The Academy for Democracy, a network focusing on management issues particularly as regards civil society. They often present themselves in joint ventures between NGOs or in a NGO’s relations to business, local and state government. Again and again the question arises: how to design a project for change in such a way that the target group gets a reasonable influence over planning and execution. I have worked with African, Asian and Latin American cooperation projects and have had assignments in Portugal, Bosnia, Kenya, Iraq, the West Bank, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia.

Together with my colleges in the network I have designed a model, An ABC of Democracy, clarifying the connection between democracy and human rights and illuminating the democratic challenges that face organizations on all levels. On the multi-lingual site Democratic Challenges you will get a theoretical background as well as an extensive method bank and many practical applications.