WE BELIEVE SHARING STORIES IS THE KEY TO OPENING THE WORLD. WE CALL IT “FEARLESS HOPE THROUGH RADICAL EMPATHY.”
At Narrative 4, we believe the world is forever changed when we share our stories.
Although storytelling is an ancient and universal human activity, Narrative 4 helps people all over the world tell their stories in a new and powerful way. We identify those who may not have been heard—whether it be teens from the south side of Chicago or on the streets of Dublin, or under-represented youth in Kabul or in the Barrio—and offer them sanctuary to share significant stories from their lives. The key to transformation lies in the sharing: when you hear someone else’s story deeply enough to inhabit it and re-tell it as if you have lived it, you become “the other” and see the world through her eyes. The power is in the active act of receiving and caring for another’s story. It is Radical Empathy.
These story exchanges build a mutual trust that strips away cynicism and despair and creates space for Fearless Hope. New communities are formed and new narratives are created: a narrative for immigration. A narrative for the environment. A narrative for religion. A narrative for peace.
Narrative 4 was founded by a group of authors, artists, musicians, educators, students and activists dedicated to creating social change. We invite you to join us and become a part of our narrative. Our members have the opportunity to learn about upcoming story exchanges; meet the N4 students, advisors, and local partners; and discover what our authors are currently writing, reading, and doing.
Together, we are Moving Stories.
Narrative 4 is a project of the Tides Center.