Narrative Practices Around the World: Intercultural Considerations

Narrative ideas and practices that began in Australia and New Zealand have now spread to many countries throughout the Americas, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa. What are some of the innovations emerging as practitioners apply narrative therapy to different culture, context and meanings? What kinds of questions do people in different cultures voice as they step into their cultural identities, and strive to make narrative therapy into their own?

The Galactic Federation of Narrative Planets

The Galactic Federation of Narrative Planets is a group of people linked primarily by bonds of friendship and respect. The nucleus of the Federation is located in Vermont (USA, Earth-1), a small fraternal planet where enthusiasm is cultivated, a sacred plant that nourishes curiosity and creativity. Vermont exports much of the enthusiasm it generates to every corner of the galaxy.

In addition to our affection for our common Vermont root, we live on distant planets with strange customs and different languages: Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, France, Colombia, USA… and yet we are united by a very strong bond, that of narrative ideas and the way they are constantly mutating, evolving and reinventing themselves as soon as they are subjected to a different cultural and linguistic bath. The Federation is therefore above all the place for a conversation on these topics, a passionate and exciting conversation, where ideas of freedom, cultural and linguistic colonialism, fair-trade translation, justice and hope, cultural and political imprint, and of course the common DNA we are offered to share, especially through the posture and ethics we like to embody in our different working contexts, are discussed.

All narrative planets are welcome to join the Federation and participate in its projects: to continue the exciting conversations that began in June 2019 on the shores of Lake Champlain and continued at the Collab Salon in January 2020, to see how these conversations can be reflected in the lives of the planets and their inhabitants, to develop a Federal culture that is attentive to the effects of power and privilege.

The Galactic Federation of Narrative Planets

La Fédération Galactique des Planètes Narratives est un groupe de personnes liées en premier lieu par des liens d’amitié et de respect. Le noyau de la Fédération se situe dans le Vermont (USA, Terre-1), petite planète fraternelle où l’on cultive l’enthousiasme, une plante sacrée qui nourrit la curiosité et la créativité. Le Vermont exporte dans tous les coins de la galaxie une grande partie de l’enthousiasme qu’il produit.

Outre l’affection pour notre racine commune du Vermont, nous vivons dans des planètes éloignées aux coutumes bizarres et aux langues différentes : Japon, Russie, Suisse, Canada, Mexique, France, Colombie, USA… et pourtant, nous sommes unis par un lien très fort, celui des idées narratives et de la façon dont elles mutent, évoluent et se réinventent en permanence dès qu’elles sont soumises à un bain culturel et linguistique différent. La Fédération est donc avant tout le lieu d’une conversation sur ce thème, une conversation passionnante et passionnée, où se discutent des idées de liberté, de colonialisme culturel et linguistique, de traduction fair-trade, de justice et d’espoir, d’empreinte culturelle et politique, et bien sûr de l’ADN commun qu’il nous est offert de partager, notamment à travers la posture et l’éthique que nous aimons incarner dans nos différents contextes de travail.

Toutes les planètes narratives sont les bienvenues pour adhérer à la Fédération et participer à ses projets : continuer les conversations passionnantes démarrées en Juin 2019 au bord du Lac Champlain et qui se sont poursuivies lors du Collab Salon de janvier 2020, voir comment ces conversations peuvent se refléter dans la vie des planètes et de leurs habitants, développer une culture de Fédération attentive aux effets du pouvoir et du privilège.

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Honoring Local Cultures, Contexts & Meanings: Translation poses interesting challenges where metaphors can have different local meanings, analogous to the process of acculturation that marcela polenco experienced in the “re-authoring of narrative therapy” into her Colombian Spanish. We continuously learn from others around the world who seek to make narrative practice fit within their own cultural contexts. Please check out our updated Intercultural Considerations 

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