As we reimagine the future of cities, of human society and how we live and intermingle with one another, technology and the planet — what is the role of the narratives we hold, and how are we using stories and the new narratives within our pursuits? How can we transform ourselves and our society through our narrative(s)? This session presented a unique storytelling session that enabled the participants to reimagine the stories they told themselves and how these can be used to ourselves and our society.
As the future of cities and societies change, what role do our narratives play in the shaping of those spaces? a webinar on reimagining new narratives.
Michael Mutisunge Phoya (Muti), a Malawian artist, author and filmmaker, designs and delivers projects that tell stories challenging the Malawian status quo. He highlighted four key areas that should guide African storytellers as they push towards re-imagining new narratives for their contexts: the ownership of stories, creating meta-data, creating thriving local ecosystems, and ensuring inclusivity and showing up on the global stage.
Coumba Toure, a coordinator for Africans Rising, highlighted the importance of creating and showcasing narratives that promote women in everyday scenarios.
Finally, Anirban Dutta, a filmmaker and photographer pointed out that stories tend to build off each other and before one gets to share a story, it is important to embed oneself in the community.