April is Genocide Prevention Month. While it is still a few weeks away, this is a very important time of the year for 3 Generations. This year, we are excited to release our End of Atrocity videos. The End of Atrocity is a collection of videos highlighting visions of a world free of atrocity from eminent social, cultural and spiritual leaders and activists like musician and activist Peter Gabriel, best-selling author Kathy Freston, award-winning journalist Ann Curry and more.
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If we don’t have a vision of a better future can we really create one? Leaders as diverse as The Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King have shown us the need for vision to build a path to lasting peace and progress.
Yet since the Holocaust and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, civil society has promised “never again” and still genocide and appalling atrocities have continued into the 21st century.
3 Generations has begun collecting the visions of eminent social, cultural and spiritual leaders and activists to set in motion the creation of a collective vision of a world free of atrocity. We expect to premiere these videos in 2011. These leaders include PETER GABRIEL, musician, activist and co-founder of the human rights organization WITNESS; BRIAN STEIDLE, former Marine Corps Captain and the author of The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur; CAROLYN FORCHE, award winning poet and human rights activist; KATHY FRESTON, NY Times best-selling author; JERRY FOWLER, senior analyst for the Open Society Policy Center and Founding Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; JOHN PRENDERGAST, Co-Founder of the ENOUGH Project; DR STEPHEN SMITH, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation.
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3 Generations works to end injustice and fulfill humanity’s potential through storytelling. As part of our progress report, we would like to take the opportunity to share our story telling process.
Storytelling is the conveying of events in words and images, as a means to entertain, educate, mobilize action, build community, preserve culture and instill values.
Stories are an effective tool to preserve traditions, relate history and create human connection.
The global significance of individual experience within the context of regional events can best be understood through stories.
Each story can be told through diverse cultural tools: oral history, literature, poetry, dance, theater, film, photography and journalism.
In the context of social change and crisis prevention, storytelling creates the deepest connection between the teller and the listener when it follows a narrative arc.
Each story should be related within its historical, regional and cultural context.
Each story should elicit tangible, sensory, personal details of actual events.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to work with us to help you employ storytelling for your own work in crisis prevention or social change.
Tell us your story the way you want to tell it.
There’s no right or wrong way to tell your story.
Remember: It’s your story.
But if you don’t know how to begin, here are some suggestions:
■Tell us a true story.
■Speak in your own voice. Speak your truth.
■Think of your story arc – your starting point and your ending.
■Think about what you want to say. Think about what you don’t want to say. Then, think about what you may have left out.
■Details are the heart and soul of a story. Don’t be shy to include the senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
■Flesh out the historical, regional and cultural context of your story: What is familiar to you may not be familiar to us.
■When sending to us for consideration, please keep your recorded stories under 5 minutes; your written stories under 1,000 words; and your photos limited to 10.
Please send video, audio, photo and Word files to info@3Generations.org.
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