The Power of Storytelling

The Power of Storytelling 2018: Rewrite

The Power of Storytelling

Join us on October 12-13 for the eighth edition of The Power of Storytelling, one of the most important narrative and storytelling conferences in the world, built around the idea that stories can change our lives, our communities and our organizations.

Our theme this year is REWRITE, because in today’s era of disinformation, division and distrust, all of us – journalists, artists, communicators, change makers of all kinds – can use good storytelling to rewrite the existing narratives, and craft a better, more inclusive and more connected future.

13 world-renowned and award-winning storytellers from many creative fields – from journalism to marketing, photography, audio, documentary film – will share their experience in how good stories can change our understanding and perspective of the world.

Find out more about the speakers and register here:


Here are the storytellers you’ll meet this October:

🔹 Brian Reed is the host and co-creator of the groundbreaking S-Town Podcast, which is a production of Serial and the public radio show This American Life. Reed is also the senior producer of This American Life and a 2017 Peabody Award winner in the Radio/Podcast category.

🔹 Anna Rosling Rönnlund is co-founder of Gapminder, whose mission statement is to fight devastating ignorance with a fact-based worldview everyone can understand. She was also a Senior Usability Designer at Google and co-authored the Factfulness book.

🔹 Anne Hull is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who worked for nearly two decades for The Washington Post, where she focused on in-depth reporting and storytelling on issues such as race, poverty, violence, and immigration.

🔹 Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, author and educator, winner of a World Press Photo Award in 2007 for the Portraits category. Her wide-ranging work looks at American politics, militarism, post-violence trauma and resistance.

🔹 Jonah Sachs is an author, speaker and viral marketing trailblazer whose pioneering new approaches to digital media were critical in bringing the ideals of social change—such as equity, empowerment, responsibility, transparency, and advocacy—to the forefront of business and popular culture. He’s the author of two books: Winning the Story Wars and the recent Unsafe Thinking.

🔹 Andy Mills is a producer and reporter for The New York Times, where he helped create The Daily (Apple’s most downloaded new podcast in 2017, winner of a duPont Award in 2018), and Caliphate (an audio series following Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul). Previously, he worked for several years at Radiolab Podcast.

🔹 Mila Turajlic is the director, producer, and writer of The Other Side of Everything, winner of 14 awards including the prestigious IDFA Award for Best Documentary Film.

🔹 Elle Reeve is a correspondent for VICE News Tonight on HBO. She covers national issues and radical and fringe political movements. Previously, she was a senior editor for The New Republic and a political editor for The Atlantic Wire.

🔹 Jennifer Brandel is the CEO and co-founder of Hearken, a consulting tech company that helps newsrooms change their mindset to include the public in editorial decisions. She co-founded Zebras Unite – a community and conference for startup founders looking for alternative paths to build equitable businesses.

🔹 Diana Markosian is an Armenian-American artist whose work explores the relationship between memory and place. Her images can be found in publications like National Geographic Magazine, The New Yorker and The New York Times. In 2016, she became a Magnum nominee.

🔹 Murray Nossel, Ph.D, is the co-founder and Director of communication consultancy firm Narativ, on the teaching faculty of the Program of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of Why Can’t We Be a Family Again?, nominated for a 2003 Academy Award. He also wrote the book Powered by Storytelling.

🔹 Vlad Mixich is a health policy expert and writer, currently based at Rollins School of Public Health (Emory University in Atlanta, US) as a Fulbright Scholar/ Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow.

🔹 Zuzanna Ziomecka is an American-educated, Polish media maker, founder and editor in chief of NewsMavens – Europe’s alternative front page created exclusively by women.

We thank our sponsors and partners for helping us spread the power of storytelling: Lateral Romania, UniCredit Bank Romania, Telekom Romania, Coca-Cola HBC Romania, MedLife, FAN Courier, Silva.

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