Denver Gazette: ‘Stories matter — they make policy personal’

May 10, 2021

“The stories of the great books, the stories of the founding of our country, the stories of the Bible.

Storytelling is the string that ties our society together, that ties us together. It’s how we keep connected to loved ones lost, and the lessons learned in previous generations. It’s how we share our experiences.

Think of the impact Anne Frank’s story has had on our understanding of the Holocaust. Think of the courage exemplified in the story of Helen Keller. Or Martin Luther King Jr. Or Malala.

People’s stories give us a window into their culture, their family — they help us understand each other and celebrate our differences, and our similarities. Now more than ever, we need to hear each other’s stories to cross the ugly divide we feel in our country and in our Colorado communities. Healing can come through finding connection one conversation at a time.”

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