Narrating the Dialogue Workshop

1 - Narrating the dialogue book

A pubblication of the project Lampedusa Berlin, Travel Journal, containing the winner and the finalist of the competition "Narrating tha Dialogue", European contest for the narration of experiences of intercultural dialogue.

Narrating the dialogue

2- Workshop "Narrating the Dialogue"

Telling the meeting of cultures, in the Europe of yesterday and today. They can be personal experiences from which we have learned something about the world and about ourselves; or collective experiences, such as educational and social projects, aimed to enhance intercultural dialogue in the society.
(An initiative of the project "Lampedusa Berlin, travel diary")

The experiences of encounter between different cultures, are part more and more of people's and communities lives in Europe and worldwide.

Let's reflect, for example, about the importance, in our lives, of meeting with people from other countries and other cultures. Let's think about what we have learned from these meetings. We have perhaps learned new things, and perhaps we have better understood ourselves, our own culture of origin... Or we can think about the great historical phenomena that have crossed Europe, such as the present one, involving millions of people fleeing from wars and poverty.
Let's reflect about how this recent social issue has highlighted the need to create bridges between people, to develop a dialogue between different cultural worlds, to achieve a peaceful coexistence.

But, beyond this recent phenomenon, it should be remembered, we are talking here of something that relates to our lives of European inhabitants since long time. We think about what happened in Europe after the war, the great migrations that have affected many of the European countries (including Italy itself ...); we think about the fall of the Berlin Wall and at the end of the so-called iron curtain, which allowed the people of the East and West of Europe to meet.
We think about the possibility for European citizens to move freely across borders, to the expanded opportunities to travel (also thanks to low cost flights), and learn about other places, other cultures....
We think, finally returning to current events, to all initiatives and projects promoted by citizens and civil society to improve the reception of migrants and promote intercultural dialogue.

The project wants to gather experiences related to all this. They can be individual experiences, or the experiences of projects and collective actions.
Experiences that have brought us new learnings and new knowledges, which have expanded our way of thinking and seeing life and the world, or from which we have raised questions still open ...

f you are wondering, in conclusion, whether your experience deserves or not being told, the answer is ... surely yes!!!
All the experiences are valuable to us, and for this reason we have created this online archive, where the stories will continue to be present even after the competition, so that others can know them, and through them, to offer a contribution to enhance intercultural dialogue in Europe.

Thanks for your contribution !!!

Some hints to tell the story....

To tell your story
Let's try, without thinking too much about it, to make a list of experiences in our lives related to encounters of cultures in the Europe of yesterday and today. They can be personal experiences from which we have learned something about the world and about ourselves; or collective experiences, such as educational and social projects, aimed to enhance intercultural dialogue in the society.

Then let's choose one or more of these experiences, and let's talk about it: how did it begin? what happened? What was its outcome?

Finally, let us ask: What have I learned from this experience? Why was it imported for me? How can it be important for others as well?

To collect stories of others
Starting from the questions described above you can collect stories of others, to tell projects and personal experiences related to intercultural dialogue

Different kinds of narrations
You can tell about these experiences in different ways:

  • Autobiography or biography: Autobiographical narration, telling what you experienced directly in first person, or a biographical narration, if you are collecting experiences of other persons. The text, which should be no longer than ten pages, can be sent in word or PDF format.
  • Photo narration(text and pictures): a narration that’s composed of pictures accompanied by texts. It may be an autobiographical narration, telling what you experienced directly in first person, or a biographical narration, if you are collecting experiences of other persons. The text, which should be no longer than ten pages, can be sent in word or PDF format.
  • Video narration(text and pictures): you can tell the story through diverse types of video narration, such as documentary, video interview, digital storytelling or any other creative form. Maximum length ten minutes.
  • Comics: tell an experience of intercultural dialogue through the comics. Maximum ten pages length.

Upload the stories on the archive

Now, we propose you to upload the stories on the web-site, www.lampedusaberlin.eu
In order to upload send the story, you need to be registered to the web site; once you are logged you can upload the story through My story Once you have uploaded the story, it will will be published in few days, after the authorization of the administrator.

Download the description of the workshop

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