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Sep 21, 2010

A World Without Genocide Progress Report

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 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


Sep 9, 2010

The Truth About Tibet Progress Report

3 Generations believes in the power of storytelling to engage action towards creating a world free of injustices and crimes against humanity.

As part of our work with Tibetan genocide survivors, we reviewed a lot of films that tell the history of the Tibetan people. For our progress report, we thought we’d share a few of our favorites:

Documentary: • Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion, Tom Piozet, director, 2002 • Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet, Luc Schaedler, director, 2005 • The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, directors, 2010

Fiction: • Kundun, Martin Scorsese, director, 1997 • Windhorse, Paul Wagner, director, 1998 • Dreaming Lhasa, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, directors, 2005

Do you know of any other films that we should consider? Post a comment here or find us on Facebook or on Twitter @3generations.


Jul 16, 2010

More Progress: Cambodia, Rwanda, Tibet

Things are really heating up over here at 3 Generations. And it's not just because of the summer weather in New York!

Thanks to your support we are pleased to share two new interviews on our website:

Mony Nou-Sucipto was not even 18 years old when the Khmer Rouge came to power. Her heartfelt description of what she witnessed in Cambodia is both candid and powerful.

Pin Samkhon was 19 years old when he witnessed the Cambodian genocide. His unique insight as a journalist who interviewed Pol Pot is very touching and should not be missed.

Please see links to the interviews below.

We'd like to say a special thank you to the Applied Social Research Institute of Cambodia (ASRIC) who collaborated with us on these interviews. We applaud your work and are extremely grateful for your support.

Also, new to the 3 Generations community is our intern, Alice Liou. Alice is a rising sophomore at Dartmouth College, and is extremely enthusiastic about being on our team and helping us further our mission of ending injustice through storytelling. "Working with 3 Generations has been and continues to be a wonderful opportunity," Alice says. "Not only am I able to learn, first-hand, of the sociopolitical injustices of the world, but I am also given the unique and rewarding chance to help do something about them. By narrating and spreading survivors' stories of their personal experiences in crimes against humanity, 3 Generations ignites important dialogue, illuminates otherwise clouded understanding of global atrocities, and inspires change that brings us towards fulfilling humanity's potential. As a college student, I am incredibly privileged to serve such an important cause."

We are grateful for all of your support and we hope you will continue to help us tell survivor stories. We have some projects in the works and we will be announcing them very soon. To get the latest updates, please join us on Facebook and Twitter @3generations .


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