Everyone’s story matters. Everyone can be a listener. As we share our stories, we can find anew story of what we could become – a story of our shared humanity.
Too often the various narratives of who we are and where we’ve come from become a cause of confusion, even tension and conflict. Together we can discover who we really are, and can be, as a three-story nation:
- the oldest living culture in the world, written into our landscape and heritage - a British system of law and governance, institutions and democratic traditions - and a rich cultural mix of people and cultures from all over the world.
Through hearing and valuing the narratives of people from each community, the stories of struggle and achievement, of breaking through barriers of fear and grievance, we can help challenge some of the current narratives that dominate the headlines.
The proposed project is based on the belief that, through sharing experiences of transformation and trust-building in-action, residents of Blacktown from diverse backgrounds can help create a new story of shared humanity, changing the dominant narrative of intolerance to one of opportunity and appreciation for diversity.
This project is being run with in-kind support from a number of civic and community service organisations, and through the enthusiastic service of many, many volunteers. We have no government grants (we applied for two grants and got neither!) Still we have costs to cover.
The funds raised here will be used to facilitate the story sharing weekend event in May 3-5.
It will cover costs such as venue hire, catering, sound system hires and publicity materials.
We will be very grateful for your support!
Your support means many will have the opportunity to share their story with others in a safe environment, bring healing and reconciliation. This will make an excellent contribution to social cohesion in Blacktown. This is just the beginning; this project is a pilot test. We plan to duplicate this story sharing project all over Australia.