SIDEBAR STORIES is a501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping people find their own stories. Our goal is to add voices that often go unheard to the larger conversation as a way of shifting dominant social narratives. We want everyone to know that what we have lived through can make a difference.
We focus on the stories of "ordinary experts", those who know the score about current issues because they have personally experienced the impact of situations like immigration, mental health, incarceration, social and economic injustice, addiction,racial or gender bias, accessibility healthcare and education, aging, violence,bullying, etc.
Through experiential storytelling workshops, we teach a structure for discovering and telling meaningful,memorable and undeniable stories. We also train reflective arts teams to transform the storyteller’s own words into original music, written narrative,spoken word, visual art and drama to be presented in community events.
We always have the option to weaponize our stories in an attempt to win something we feel is critical, true or just. Sometimes we tell stories to preserve important beliefs and our way of life. What can it mean to care for the common culture we all swim in together?
Telling and listening to stories may bring us face to face with moral failures that steal whatever innocence or hope for a better world we have left. Moral injuries require our attention. They can't be ignored, but don't need to be the main theme of our lives,either.
Known as the cuddle hormone or moral molecule, oxytocin is a peptide that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and a hormone in the bloodstream to create a mood of openness, bonding, loving attention and nurture. If we knew how to get oxytocin flowing when tell a story, we could encourage both the listener and storyteller the listener to drop their defenses and find common ground. We do.
Let's talk about collecting stories for your cause or organization by holding a storytelling workshop or performance in your area. Sidebar Stories is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the greater Philadelphia area and will travel to gather stories anywhere in the world.