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The power of storytelling in fostering connection in a polarized world

This one-hour session which was recorded aimed to foster connection by exploring how storytelling can nurture empathy during active conflicts. The presentation delved into the transformative potential of storytelling in fostering empathy, building connections, and promoting understanding in conflict-ridden and polarized contexts. Participants gained insights into practical strategies for leveraging storytelling to facilitate dialogue, promote social bonding, and contribute to positive social change.  

Speaker: Sara Cookis a mediator and conflict response specialist with experience supporting people affected by conflict in over 50 countries. Recently, she has been providing support to those working and living in conflict zones, including Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Israel, and Palestine, where she provides dialogue facilitation and psychosocial support through trauma and resiliency trainings.