We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB and Sydney Story Factory

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Sydney Story Factory

When we began this blogfest we said we wanted to hear stories.  This May post is about a story.  It is also about how a story draws out many more stories from a lot of people.

Little people.

Strugglers.

Battlers.

It is about unlocking the stories they have within.

For the We Are the World Blogfest post this month I would like to feature the Sydney Story Factory.  When you go to the link be sure to check out the youtube clip.  

In the meantime, here’s a bit from their website:

At the Sydney Story Factory we believe that all Australian young people, no matter their background, should be given opportunities to develop the communication skills and flexibility of thinking that will allow them to live their lives to their full potential and flourish in a rapidly changing world.

Our priority is marginalised young people – those most at risk of losing confidence in their writing and switching off at school. We light the spark of creativity and help them find their voice. 

Programs are for young people aged 7 to 17, in primary and high school, and are designed by creative writing and literacy experts to:

  • improve young people’s written and oral communication skills; 
  • enhance self-confidence and self-efficacy; 
  • nurture creativity and empathy; and 
  • deepen engagement with learning.

All of our lives are story factories.  The Sydney Story Factory is a very special one. I wish we had a story factory in the towns I lived in as a child.

We all love to hear stories

To hear them all the time;

About the drearies and the glories,

The downtime and the prime.

I love to hear a tale,

And see others give their spiel;

Even if their voice is frail,

I know we’ll get the feel.

A feel for what is rising,

of creativity deep within;

Whether great or small by sizing,

We welcome stories in!

 

A larger story goes on….

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by co-hosts. This month’s co-hosts are Peter Nena, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal , Roshan Radhakrishnan , Emerald Barnes and Lynn Hallbrooks

Please SIGN UP for WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST in the linky list below:

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~~~GUIDELINES~~~

  1.  Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
  6. To signup, add your link in WE ARE THE WORLD Linky List here.

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Can you help us on a team of Co-hosts?  Contact Damyanti on atozstories at gmail dot com.

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We Are The World Blogfest Launch! #WATWB

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I celebrate myself, and sing myself, watw-turquoise-badge-320-x280-whiteAnd what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
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Welcome to the beginning of the
We Are The World Blogfest #WATWB .  It is a place where we share good will between others.  A platform built on hope and peace that is intended to share some good news on the social media feeds that we receive.
There are a group people mentioned here who have begun the journey.  Please have a look at their posts.

Belinda Witzenhausen, Carol Walsh,Chrissie Parker, Damyanti Biswas, Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Kaur UppalKate Powell, Lynn Hallbrooks, Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Simon Falk, Susan Scott, Sylvia Stein, Sylvia McGrath

“We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many cases of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.

We will link to charities supported by the co-hosts, and you could choose to donate to some of them or add links to local charities you support, so we could all chip in to a good cause if we like.

Let us flood social media with peace and love, and “In Darkness, Be Light.” The first post for We Are The World Blogfest is on the 31st March 2017.

~~~GUIDELINES~~~

  1.  Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
  4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar, and help us spread the word on social media. Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.
  6. To signup, add your link in WE ARE THE WORLD Linky List below.

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Please SIGN UP for WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST in the linky list below:

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