Overview

Today, Narrative 4 is working in four continents, twelve countries, and 18 US states. Our work - rooted in the N4 story exchange - equips people to use their stories to build empathy, shatter stereotypes, break down barriers, and - ultimately - make the world a better place. If we share today, we'll change tomorrow.

Our global headquarters are located in New York City and we opened our first physical space in Limerick, Ireland in September of 2016.

"THE ONE TRUE DEMOCRACY WE HAVE IS STORYTELLING. IT GOES ACROSS BORDERS, BOUNDARIES, GENDERS, WEALTH, RACE -- EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL."
- Cofounder & President, Colum McCann

Narrative 4 Works Globally

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Host an N4 Story Exchange at Your School or Organization

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One of our trained facilitators can come to you! We will work with you to plan and host a story exchange with your peers or colleagues,

Organize a Narrative 4 Facilitator Workshop

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Would you like to become an N4 facilitator or implement the story exchange in your classroom? Bring N4 to your school or organization for an introduction.

Join Educators - Change Classrooms with Your Words

27-06-2016

Narrative 4, a global non-profit that uses storytelling to promote empathy, exchange, and social change, launched their first global center in Limerick on the afternoon of June 27.

Colum McCann, President, Narrative 4, reads during the launch of the Narrative 4 Global Centre. 
58 O'Connell St, Limerick.
Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene/Fusionshooters

The afternoon featured readings by internationally renowned authors Colum McCann, Lila Azam Zanganeh, and poet Mary OÕMalley. It also showcased musical performances by violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Narrative 4Õs core methodology, the story exchange, asks participants to share stories and to step into each otherÕs perspectives to promote empathy. Co-founder Colum McCann explains, ÒThis is key to understanding the hopes, fears, experiences, beliefs, and world-views of others. ÊIt offers opportunities to recognize emotion in others and suggests that individuals refrain from judgment. ÊWe ask people to feel with and for others.Ó

ÒNarrative 4 is based on the simple idea that by knowing the story of another, we are able to better understand each other,Ó said executive director Lisa Consiglio. 
Regional director James Lawlor added, ÒLimerick is the perfect place to be a global center for Narrative 4 to to help Limerick students engage in their communities and change the world.Ó
Last year, over 25,000 stories were exchanged on four continents; the countries included Ireland, Mexico, Rwanda, Israel, South Africa, Palestine, England and the United States. 

Consiglio said, ÒIreland has given birth to some of the worldÕs finest storytellers. As we move to support both global and local actions towards change, we are excited to strengthen our organizational mission in Ireland by opening our first global headquarters in Limerick.Ó 

Narrative 4Õs 2016 summit began in Belfast on June 24, moved to Dublin and ends in Limerick on June 28. This yearÕs theme, ÒBroadening Our Reach,Ó will ask participants to focus on creating concrete actions to make change across communities.

Narrative 4 was founded by authors and continues to weave the written word into our program models (and all that we do!). If you are an author, contact us to get involved!

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