Sharing our stories: How can storytelling bring peace?

10:00 - 17:30
Apr 21st 2017

Where discussion and dialogue fail, stories have the power to build bridges between people and ultimately transform even the most complex conflicts. This workshop supports participants to integrate narrative and story-based approaches into the work we are already doing, and adapt responsively to our unique communities.

For more information contact Claire Chou Doran on 0207 496 1612 or

Students and jobseekers



A good story has the power to transport you.  It may brighten your day or touch your heart, weaving together specific details with universal human experiences.  We connect with and remember good stories.  What if we all became better at sharing our stories, starting with even the most basic questions like, “How are you today?” Sharing our stories will support you with integrating storytelling and narrative approaches into your existing work, and adapt it creatively for your community.

During this interactive one-day workshop, we will:

  • Practice storytelling in a small group and increase your confidence with storytelling techniques
  • Recognize everyday opportunities for transformative storytelling
  • Review story-based and narrative strategies used in community and peacebuilding
  • Learn basic theories underpinning narrative and storytelling approaches

This workshop requires no prerequisite knowledge or training, and welcomes:

  • Community workers, teachers, mental health professionals, and charity staff wanting to learn effective new strategies for working in diverse communities;
  • Professionals curious about integrating narrative and storytelling approaches in their work;
  • Students and researchers interested in the practical application of community building and peacebuilding;
  • Anyone passionate about working with stories, building community, or building peace!

If you wish to continue developing your skills as a storyteller with specific mechanics and approaches, we will be offering a second workshop on becoming an effective storyteller entitled “Crafting powerful stories: Using storytelling techniques to communicate with impact”.

Claire Chou Doran (Development Manager)

Claire Chou DoranBorn and raised in the California Bay Area, Claire has ten years of experience providing community mediation and conflict transformation in highly diverse, multicultural communities.  Claire has used stories as a therapeutic intervention with teens in mental health; in facilitating university courses with undergraduates internationally; in mediating cross-cultural community conflicts; and in building effective communication and conflict resolution cultures within organizations.

Claire studied Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley (BA), and International Christian University (MA, honors) in Tokyo as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, and further trained in creative non-fiction and journalistic writing through the UCLA Extension Program.  As a 2015 Peace Writer for the University of San Diego’s Women Peace Makers Program, Claire documented the the story of Professor Galia Golan of Israel in “There Is Another Way”, a series of creative non-fiction vignettes.  She has further interests in feminist peacebuilding, inclusion and diversity, culture, intersectional identity, migration and transnationalism.

“She shared with us… her passion for mediation and facilitation in the on-going struggle to bring about peaceful solutions to the on-going conflicts we see all around us–both in the greater world and our own communities. She is a poised and inspirational speaker, commanding attention with her presence and her message. She left all of us wanting to hear more from her as she challenged Rotarians to look within themselves for answers–to dig a bit deeper, to be more aware of the consequences of their own actions.”

– Judy Trujillo, Youth Service Director at Rotary District 5240

“Claire is a dedicated and highly capable professional with an impressive drive to achieve outstanding results in everything she does. Her wisdom and perspective add value to every situation and I truly appreciated having her on my team. Her diverse interests and respect for others make her an outstanding instructor and leader.”

– Katie West Roth, Director of Programs at Revolution Prep

“Claire is one of the most articulate and gracious people I know. She has the ability to make people feel honoured, validated, and empowered to move behind his/her contentious situation. I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a powerhouse.”

– Janice Son, Relational Healer at Championing Culture and Resolving Conflicts

Concessions discounts are available for students and unemployed persons only.  Please send an email to with a brief explanation of your circumstances, and attach documentation (i.e. scan of current student ID) as relevant.

We offer additional support to make our courses accessible to diaspora communities, refugees and asylum seekers.  Please contact if you fall under any of these categories and are interested in participating in this workshop.