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We (DISC, Dutch International Storytlling School) believe in the strenth of Storytelling and how it helps creating a better world through connecting people, so we aim to spread the knowledge of how these skills are already being used by professionals as much as we can. But how do we go about? And how do others?

Therefor we have started the DISCxTALK; these are moments where we offer our space to people who use the Craft of Storytelling in a professional work field and invite them to share their knowledge with anyone who is interested. Kirsten Notten is going to give a DiscxTalk about storytelling & sustainability.

Storytelling to counter climate change

Tackling climate change is not going well, despite the Paris agreement and the spectacular rise of renewable energy. Spoiler alert: Trump is not the main problem. We need to change more profound and that means the stories we live in have to change.

Dominant grand narratives or myths we live in are endless economic growth and the mastery over nature. These stories are deeply embedded in western culture and guide political and daily choices. To change these grand narratives we need to acknowledge them and we need to find counter-narratives. The climate crisis needs storytellers of all kind.

Three dimensions of storytelling

Kirsten will explore in this DISCxTALK three dimensions of storytelling she uses in her work as a professional storyteller for organisations & communities:

  • Recognizing present dominant myths and the power they have over our communities.
  • Telling old myths and fairy tales anew to open up the space for alternative meaning giving.
  • Listening to the personal stories of sustainable living to show the variation in daily sustainable practise that defies the grand narratives.

Yuval Noah Harari, Rene ten Bos and Naomi Klein

In this talk she draws upon recent insights of the deep narrative nature of human beings as explored by Yuval Noah Harari, Rene ten Bos and Naomi Klein. She will use two working projects on climate change to explore the process of finding counter narratives:

  • Listening to and analysing personal stories on sustainability during the National Energy Dialogue, issued by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • Making a Climate Madonna as a community project for the earth, issued by the Dominican Cloister in Zwolle >>.


When: May 25th (19h-21h) Walk in at 18h30.

Where: @DISC The Hague.

For whom: Anyone who works with environmental issues, policy makers, nature workers, teachers, politicians, climate activists, storytellers, gouvernment workers, public speakers or anyone who would like to learn more on how The Craft of Storytelling is being used in professional fields, all across the globe.

Tickets: €18,-

To reserve a seat send an email to: info@DISCstorytelling.com