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  • Re-authoring Confinement
     January 17, 2021
     4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Re-authoring Confinement: Creating a Collaboratory During the Pandemic

Sunday, January 17, 2021
4- 5:30 pm NY Time

With  İclal Eskioğlu Aydın, Jehanzeb Baldiwala,  Lodovica Guidarelli, Kiki Hart, Dean Lobovits, Peggy Sax, Pam Burr Smith and many more

Around the world, Covid-19 profoundly impacts our everyday lives. Dealing with the previously unimaginable, many of us are coping with worrisome, terrifying and heartbreaking crises or worrying about the future for ourselves and our loved ones.  While not in the same boat, we are in the same storm as each community – local and global -strives to come together to harness its unique skills, knowledge and experiences as we face very real challenges in everyday life.

Narrative approaches build on ideas and practices toward creating audiences, linking lives and reclaiming community out of catastrophe.  As narrative practitioners we are trained to double-listen to problems, to pay close attention to the suffering as well as to initiatives and events that might not be predicted by the problematic stories. Building  the Re-authoring Teaching virtual community applies similar practices to help us as individuals and communities endure the current pandemic in the digital age.  What are we discovering as we endure this pandemic together?  What are some of the sparkling moments where the dominance of the pandemic problem disappears?

Please join us as we begin our new year with inspirations  that illustrate our shared commitment to embody the spirit of collaboration and community by being such a community. A range of contributors will share Covid inspired music, Community gatherings that collect wisdoms, Children and Family projects, Arts & Crafts, Gardens & Nature, Performances, Poetry & prose.

Learning Objectives

The program supported me to:

  1. Identify contextual differences being together in the same pandemic storm while nor in in the same boat as we face very real challenges in everyday life.
  2. Describe the principle and practice of double-listening to problems, paying close attention to the suffering as well as to initiatives and events that might not be predicted by the problematic stories during the pandemic.
  3. Discuss some of the sparkling moments in everyday life for members of our global learning community where the dominance of the pandemic problem disappears, and that embody a spirit of collaboration and community. 

Recording of the January 17, 2021 Collab Salon

Continuing Education Credit

Here is the January 2021 evaluation form to fill out if have signed up to earn CE Credit (18 Credits for the entire 2021 aeries):


Materials to Review

Please review

Two Reauthoring Teaching webpages encourage members’ contributions to create a collaboratory together:

Sambhashan – a Free Open Access Peer-Reviewed Interdisciplinary Journal of the University of Mumbai- recently published an issue with articles by several people featured in this Collab



Pam Burr Smith: Poem from the Early Pandemic, April 2020

Kiki Hart,Michael Costelli, David Pare & Dean Lobovits


Charlie Crettenand (Sion, Switzerland)

Maria Tiunova (Moscow, Russia) and Elena Baskina (Moscow & New York)

Will Sherwin

Michael Costelli

Kiki Hart & Dean Lobovits

David Pare & Pierre Blanc-Sahnoun

Communities Collecting Wisdoms


Narrative Therapy India

Narrative Group Project in Turkey with İclal Eskioğlu Aydın

Kolkatha Community Care Collective Document

Special Lockdown Tree of Life for Children & Families: Bordeaux, France

Children, Families & Animal Companions

Lodovica Guidarelli

Ummeed Child Development Center

Akansha Vaswani