2018 Narrative 4 Global Summit Report and Photos!
Our 2017 summit was covered by PBS. Check out the article here.
What a group. What a week. What a future. We are delighted to share some highlights of our seventh annual Narrative 4 Global Summit, held this year from June 20-25 in the great state of Louisiana! The annual summit is the capstone of our yearly programming. It’s where N4 (literally) comes together. It’s when we set the strategic direction for the upcoming academic year and beyond as we continue to build our global network of artists, educators, students and community leaders. We hope you will read the entire report, scroll through all of the amazing photos, and contact us for more information. Special thanks goes to Karen Hollins and The Elizabeth Foundation for ongoing support of our annual summit!
This year, summit participants were inspired to “Be the Change.” These global ambassadors fanned out into the heart of The Delta and examined a host of extremely complex issues currently dividing the United States – and the world. This was an unprecedented exploration that is already leading to some amazing work in the field. Each person created a year-long “empathy into action” plan that will be guided and supported by a student-led, global action committee. Our first meeting is August 26th so please stay tuned!
Our journey in Louisiana included day-trips to the vanishing lands of the First Nation communities of the Bayou, still-manicured sugar plantations, Acadian communities wrestling with religious persecution, jazz halls filled with joy and rebellion, private homes, faith institutions, an innovative cafe that employs marginalized youth, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and more. Much of the experience was drawn from the rhythm and heart of history. We had a first-hand glimpse at the jails and systems that have worked for – and against – its citizens. We walked on levees that try – and sometimes fail – to protect an entire state. We heard the music of our ancestors, art, activism and change.
Sometimes you need to step into a different community in order to more clearly see both the problems and strengths of your own.
On the final day of the summit, we challenged our N4 ambassadors to think about how we, as individuals and a group, can leverage empathy in order to tackle some of the most intractable problems of our time. Young leaders brainstormed ways to address socio-economic divides, river clean-ups, the plight of refugees, water shortages, LGBT rights, religious freedom and tolerance, sexual assault, and countless other issues. All with the powerful tools of stories and storytelling.