Welcome to the StoryTelling & Organizing Project

Here you will find audio clips and transcripts from some of STOP's stories. You will also find information about our project partners, discussion questions and resources for using STOP stories in your own work to intervene in interpersonal violence, as well as information on how to get involved in the project.

Toronto

Using Stories

We want to keep you updated on  people and organizations are using the stories from this website in their work. If you want to share ways you’ve used these stories, please drop us a line!

Building a Harm Free Zone in Durham

The Harm Free Zone Organizing Committee discusses using stories to inform and shape their work.

Note: At the request of the storyteller, certain names have been bleeped out.

From the Challenging Male Supremacy Project

We are nearing the end of a nine-month program, working with other cisgender (i.e. non-trans) men to build transformative understandings of and responses to male supremacy. As STOP Partners, we’ve been excited about integrating the audio stories into our curriculum; in a recent session focused on accountability, we played Maria’s Story as one example of working to secure accountability. We focused specifically on holding and processing our emotional experiences of this and another (written) example of accountability. Read More…

Critical Resistance Study Group

Critical Resistance Oakland recently started a study group on Community Accountability so we can continue to deepen our understanding of what approaches people are taking to collectively intervene in harm without using imprisonment or policing. As a part of this project, we decided to listen to a story from the Story Telling and Organizing Project each time we meet, to look at the dynamic, creative, and organic ways that communities come together to address various types of violence. Read More…

Toronto

Narrative Therapy Summer School July 6-9

In early July, Creative Interventions was invited to share its Community Based Interventions and StoryTelling & Organizing Projects at the Toronto International Summer School of Narrative Practice.  While in Toronto, we debuted sections of CI’s upcoming interventions toolkit, we shared stories, played video of our partners participating in STOP, talked about why and how we do our work, and Mimi Kim and Rachel Herzing presented powerful keynote talks.  While we usually don’t spend a whole lot of time presenting our work to therapists and social workers, it was a great opportunity to talk about community-based practices as being at the core of transforming violence on an interpersonal level, while also stressing how these practices could facilitate shifts in power toward self-determined communities that would help us to challenge and overcome state violence.   It was also great to see how our work intersected with Narrative Practice’s use of storytelling and its emphasis on contextualizing violence—and transformation—in social settings.

For more information about the history and uses of Narrative Practice, please visit the Dulwich Centre’s website:  http://www.dulwichcentre.com.au/