Our first Being The Story event was held in 2016. You can watch all of the powerful talks from the day here.

  • Documenting The Legacy of War

    Giles Duley spoke about the ability photography can have to transform lives. Recounting how a small gift changed his own life and how that led to his work documenting the refugee crisis in Lebanon for the UNHCR. Duley tells the stories of normal families caught up in the horrors of the Syrian civil war, and his belief that each act, no matter how small, can create positive change.

  • Turning Pain into Power through the Power of Love

    What do you do when you’re faced with life changing challenges which invade your quality of life, environment and community? In a society where regeneration is implemented but it seems that only the structures and systems have changed. The People that count have been further disempowered the impact of youth violence has risen causing more pain in the community. In her talk Lorraine shared her quest of how she turns Pain into Power through the Power of Love.

  • My Journey to Europe

    Hassan shared his experience of turning the camera on himself to record this life-risking journey that thousands of refugees have made. Now living in London, he reflected on how his journey and resettlement have impacted upon him. He has provided a voice for many unheard refugee stories and he discussed the implications of this.

  • Telling my story to help others share theirs

    Mandy shared her personal story of being in an abusive relationship and how this led her to campaign about domestic abuse. Through sharing her experiences, Mandy wants to raise awareness and increase understanding of domestic abuse.

  • Building on our experience to change the future

    Andiamo recounted their journey so far; how their difficult personal experience spurred them on to advance this technology to ensure that no child anywhere in the world has to wait more than a week for their orthotics device. They drive forward through empathy, designed around the child and their family’s life and want to bring their social tech to as many families as possible.

  • My Beautiful Black Dog

    Brigitte explored how performance can be used in mental health education and will be performing a selection of songs and poems from her critically acclaimed ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’ which tackles the complexity of our mental health and challenges the stigma that surrounds depression – but it’s not depressing – it’s joyous, funny and hopeful. Brigitte has performed at Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude, Bestival and sold out runs at the South Bank WOW festival and Hackney Showroom.

  • Dropping the P Bomb

    Emma shared her personal story of how being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a young age changed her view of the condition. She discussed why she is trying to raise awareness of Parkinson’s so that more young people realise it can affect them too. Through her social media campaigning, Emma has done so much to raise the profile of this condition and we heard what Being the Story has meant to her.

  • Re-writing the Labels that Hold Us Back

    Sam shared his own personal story of how he overcame barriers from his tough background and rejected the labels given to him to become a successful social entrepreneur. He challenged us to help support and empower future generations and give them the confidence to choose their own identity.

  • Why Jodie is Fighting for Equal Opportunities

    Disabled people are four times as likely to be unemployed as the non-disabled. Many are not being given the opportunity to show what they have to offer facing barriers to finding employment. Jodie knows this from personal experience, she overcame these challenges and is now taking a stand to ensure young people with disabilities are given more equal employment opportunities. She won’t be stifled by systems; she reaches out directly to chief executives to bring about change for other young people like her.

  • A Mile In My Shoes

    A Mile in My Shoes is an interactive shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally. This exhibit holds a diverse collection of shoes and audio stories that explore our shared humanity. From a sewage worker to a sex worker, a war veteran to a prison psychiatrist, visitors are invited to walk a mile in the shoes of a stranger whilst listening to their story, taking a physical and emotional journey. They collect new stories and shoes at each location that they exhibit, and brought a selection of stories and shoes to Conway Hall in 2016.

  • The Power of Stories to Make the Invisible Visible

    Sue’s mantra to “find the story and give the client a voice” guides her work. At Being The Story 2016 she described what her “normal” looks like. Sue shared her belief that in order to find solutions for people, it’s important to know their stories. By finding someone’s story, Sue believes you can properly advocate on their behalf and ensure they get access to justice. She also set a challenge to those in positions of power, including the media, who can influence change to do more to put a spotlight on what is happening to some of the most vulnerable in our society.

  • Singing together against isolation

    Micro Rainbow International’s Interfaith Choir performed at Being the Story 2016. Formed just two years previously as a creative tool to combat isolation and heal trauma – their priority was to have fun – singing was secondary. But they have gone from strength to strength and are now 30 strong. They have performed at the opening of the new TATE Modern building, the Royal Festival Hall with Guy Garvey and the UK Black Pride.