Final Aladdin Meeting – Talentenhuis

This trip to Amsterdam marked, unfortunately, the end of this large-scale project. For this occasion, we organized a week bringing together not only the project partners but also some participants. For three days, we shared the different activities carried out in each country, having as a common theme the intergenerational relations, but treated in different…

Colours

Some days ago, I read a text from a good friend, in which months of the year were identified with different colours. I thought it was a good description of the evocative possibilities of the words in a story, a narrative, a story. But also, it made me think a little further. In fact, the…

Straits Meet Slow Elderly People

Young people and the elderly. Two groups seem to get farther apart, especially when it’s not about their own family. Because Grandma or Grandpa is cool, but an older one standing in front of you at the cash register is difficult and slow. And the grandchildren are the lovers of the whole world, but a shovel on the street is especially scary…

Is it a Coincidence or is it Meant to Be?

A friend calls out of the blue. Out of the blue? From the great blue skies above, seemingly out of nowhere, by chance, by coincidence. Coincidence perhaps, because that same friend had been in mind, for a few days. Then, they call. Words are spoken in surprise. “I have been thinking of you lots lately,…

Partners meet in Wellington

European partners of the Aladdin project met once again in February, in Wellington. Welcomed by our English partners, we spent a journey as enriching as friendly. Friendly thanks to an exchange and an international cooperation in which each person could appreciate qualities of the others : thus, partners’ humour and rigour were complementary. It was enriching because everybody could…

Digital Storytelling

Surfing through social networks in search of ideas and materials on storytelling techniques we stumbled upon a text of the Observatory of Educational Innovation from Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico) that we found very interesting. The text spoke, among other things, about the use of digital technology in storytelling. According to this text, the use of a digital format in storytelling, facilitates the development of communication…

Society based on stories

Human beings are storytelling beings. We base our lives on stories, about ourselves and about the other. And mainly about the other, certainly in areas where people with different identities live together. We use stories to connect, but often also to separate ourselves from the other. Reinforcing ones own group by making people afraid of the group of the…

My Parents are Fascists

My Parents are Fascists Wait! Stop! This is- how can you?- STOP! The title of this article disturbs me. Please change it.   At the time of writing I could change it, sure; but I didn’t! I felt that I had to get something ‘off my chest’ as we say here in the UK. What…

Sarah and the Monster

A story Sarah and the Monster (the significance of inner pictures and imagination) They say, and there is a lot of written material on the subject as well, that stories, folktales train the imagination and help inner images evolve in children (indeed, in anyone) – and the ability to create inner images is a fundamental,…