Our 2016 Narrative 4 summit, which took us to Belfast (Northern Ireland), Dublin, and Limerick (Ireland), ended this past Tuesday, but we are still basking in the love, generosity, and talent of our teachers, students, supporters and authors. The summit represents an opportunity for us to reflect upon the successes of last year and learn from others’ experiences. But it also allows us to start sketching a road map for what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year.
The N4 summit was a whirlwind of activity, stories, and brainstorming. Beginning with a spectacular evening of conversation between special guest Senator George Mitchell, chief architect of the Good Friday Peace Agreement, and N4 authors Terry Tempest Williams and Colum McCann, the summit’s opening night also featured a literary exchange with an international roster of N4 authors and musical performance by violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire. It ended with the opening celebration at our new N4 global headquarters in Limerick, which – as you will see in the photos – looks beautiful.
But most of our weekend was dedicated to our students and teachers. By facilitating and participating in story exchanges, leading workshops, and conversations throughout the summit, they showed us just what impressive work they are accomplishing in their schools, neighborhoods, communities, and countries.
In the coming weeks, you’ll be hearing more from us about the work our students and teachers are doing, and as well, the vision and upcoming goals for Narrative 4 that have emerged from the summit. Today, however, we want to let our students and teachers speak for themselves, through both their words, as posted on our N4 summit Facebook page, and photographs.
“I am so grateful and honored to know each and everyone of you. Our shared vision will light up the world with peace and love. The picture will keep getting brighter…” -N4 teacher
“Words cannot describe how moved I was on Monday by the N4 Summit. From this eclectic group I feel I learned more about life and living then I have in all my years in the school system for that I would like to thank everyone for the unforgettable experience. To have met such a diverse group of amazing people is a pleasure but to be able to call you my friends is an honour.” -N4 student participant
“Love learning from so many awesome people every year. Can’t express enough how lucky I feel to be apart of this family.” -N4 student participant
“It was my first summit but any nerves I had disappeared almost instantly. You are all such an amazing group of incredible people who made me feel supported and loved and the summit was the most emotional (and fun ) experience of my life so far. I connected with people immediately and I’m so proud to call all the people I met (in this photo or not ) an integral part of my new N4 family.” -N4 student participant
We are so grateful to all of our students, teachers, and supporters for making this incredible, unforgettable summit happen.