Building community through
the power of storytelling

We envision a world where community and civic engagement replace loneliness and isolation, and where people meet each other with curiosity, not animosity.

Our mission

Create a global community where young people learn and lead with curiosity, deep listening, and imagination.

By inhabiting someone else’s story—even for a moment—we are better able to understand each other and better equipped to change the world, student by student, school by school, story by story.

See how we’re putting our passion into action

Discover our story from students, educators, and artists like Marlon James, Rosanne Cash, and Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

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Our manifesto

Stories are the one common bond every person shares.
The ultimate democracy
— but with a touch of magic.

Stories champion our differences, Mend our divisions, Make us think less about our kind, And more about being kinder.

Stories are the one common bond every person shares.
The ultimate democracy
— but with a touch of magic.

Stories champion our differences, Mend our divisions, Make us think less about our kind, And more about being kinder.

Guided by our history, inspired by our future

In June 2012, a formidable group of literary minds, artists, philanthropists, and educators gathered to imagine ways to transform the world through stories. Five days later, Narrative 4
was born.

With our past as a guide and our purpose as a beacon, we are more motivated than ever by the future we’re creating together.

Milestones, moments,
and triumphs

December
2012

Narrative 4 is formed.

June
2013

Sting publically launches Narrative 4 in Chicago.

December
2016

Launch of Narrative 4 Ireland.

May
2020

Launch of Narrative 4 Nigeria.

June
2020

Narrative 4 expands to six regional hubs in the U.S.

August
2021

Launch of Narrative 4 Mexico.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of our story

Everyone has a story worth telling and we want to hear yours. We believe that listening to one another’s stories deepens our understanding of each other and the world.

To understand–and be understood–are essential foundations for authentic human relationships–where people are free to show up as their fullest selves, and where our differences form a bridge, not a divide.

We believe our neighbor’s wellbeing is intertwined with our own. If we can know one another more deeply, we can look out for each other, support each other, and stand up for each other in our communities and around the world. 

We know that stories are just the beginning. Real world change takes positive action. We are building a global community committed to sparking collaborative change. We won’t always get it right, but we will always aim to do and be better. 

We envision a world of equality, freedom, and dignity for all. We believe that if we can imagine a more just and equitable future, we can create it together, one story at a time.

Be the change you want in the world

Stories are our fuel. Positive action is the engine. A more equitable future is the destination. You can help get us there. All of us.

Your school
can be next

Our educators are fostering connection and bringing life-changing experiences to the classroom. Bring N4 to yours.