Updates from Historieberättarna, december 2017

Culture Forum 2017 in Milano took place between 6-8th of december.
Historieberättarna participated at the conference and represented the project Storytelling Without Borders. Anusha Caroline Andersson, director and founder from Historieberättarna, shared experiences from the project, and talked about how the work with culture and integration can be approved. She encourage the European Commission to be brave; a crisis needs flexible and innovative thinking to create new possibilities. Culture is not only a way to build bridges when it comes to culture differencies and languages, it is also a bridge to education and job opportunities.
Anusha finished up her speech by reading a poem that a 8 year old girl sang to her at a refugee camp in Thessaloniki. Anusha didn’t recognize it then, however, she recorded it and later found out it was a poem by William Blake. EU asked Anusha if they could close the conference Culture Forum 2017 by reading the poem once again:


Listen to me
Open your eyes
You need me, I need you
We need each other
Open your eyes and you will see
I need you, you need me
I am your sister, your brother, your child and your teacher
As you are mine
As you are mine
As you are mine


The Fika Method:

Moreover, Anusha Caroline Andersson did under the work with Historieberättarna work a lot with food as a way to connect with the participants and she called it – The “fika” method. Food is one of our basic needs and is often connected with security. When we work on locations where we know it is possible to arrange a space for “fika”*, we always bring some snacks (cookies, fruit, dried fruits and drinks. When it is possible and there is access to a kitchen we also cook something together with the participants. When bringing snacks and food we respect the preferences of the participants. And always makes sure about allergies. Starting a workshop with a “fika” is a good way of spending time together and naturally starting a dialogue without effort and stress. To share food and snacks create a sense of belonging. During the fika, participants often start telling something that the pedagogues can pick up and in a very natural way a storytelling process is initiated. 


December 9, 2017