Marina Cantacuzino

Founder and Chief Storyteller, The Forgiveness Project

Marina is an award-winning journalist who in 2003, in response to the imminent invasion of Iraq, embarked on a personal project collecting stories in words and portraits of people who had lived through violence, tragedy or injustice and sought forgiveness rather than revenge.  As a result Marina founded, The Forgiveness Project, a UK-based charity that uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and restorative justice can be used to impact positively on people’s lives.  The Forgiveness Project has no religious or political associations

Marina also has a blog on The Huffington Post. In 2012 she spoke at the UN before Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about her work and is a contributor in the film documentary Beyond Right and Wrong.  She also teaches about the Trauma Cycle and runs workshops exploring concepts of forgiveness and restorative storytelling. In 2015 Marina’s book The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) was published in the US and UK.

The Restorative Power of Storytelling

Identifying and sharing real life stories of transformation is The Forgiveness Project’s key tool for change. Marina will talk about her work with narrative and look at how we can share stories that reach across rifts and create a new story.