Laura Simms
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  • New York, NY
  • United States
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Laura Simms replied to Kausar Skhan's discussion SALT Approach to mental health & suicide prevention
"Like so many of the good responses, I agree that being engaged in finding and articulating one's strength basically renews a sense of possibility into one's life.  The act of speaking one's strength changes an inner stuck…"
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Gender
female
Name
Laura Simms
Organisation
storyteller
Skype and telephone
storydevi 212 674 3479
About Me:
I am a professional storyteller working with peace buildng, community, life transformation, education, interfaith literacy and the power of narrative to heal, unite and transform. I work in Haiti with Mercy Corps, and throughout the world offering workshops, performances, trainings and key note inspiration. I am presently a Senior Research Fellow at Rutgers University in Newark; and part of the Manhattan Therapeutic Arts Alliiance.
My dream:
to promote the use of enriching narrative and dialogue that opens the heart of conversation and reconnects people in the digital age with inner capacities for imagination, inner contentment and tolerance.
My concern:
I am deeply concerned by an increase in violence, poverty and climate change that is excacerbating intolerance and reliance of outside aid and rigid dogma. Storytelling can naturally provoke a settled mind, resintigate open dialogue, community experience and insight. It can also antidote habits of victimization and inner misery.
I'm proud of:
my work in general. My trainings worldwide that have gone beyond the focus of storytelling as a moralistic teaching into a deeper process that unlocks inherent capacities in people of all ages to empower themselves, think with pliancy and find inner joy and discernment, protection, regardless of circumstances
What I think of Community Life Competence:
excellent
Website 1:
http://www.laurasimms.com
What do I want to do to spread Community Life Competence?
Join a facilitation team, I want to apply SALT in my own life (S: Stimulate; Support; A: Appreciate; L: Listen; Learn; Link; T: Transfer; Team)
If you choose other, please specify
I would very much like to learn more about what you are doing and perhaps collaborate on an indepth storytelling training that would have enduring benefit.
The small secretariat of the Constellation also needs help. Do you want to help? I want to:
Writing skills
If you choose other, please specify
I can offer stories that are powerful from different cultures to express the experience of meaningful agendas.. and can be used in many ways in education and community

Laura Simms's Blog

FOCUS ON STRENGTH as source of TRANSFORMATION

Posted on March 3, 2017 at 2:04am 1 Comment

   I am working as a storyteller in a very diverse and difficult public school in Manhattan.  Inspired by the SALT method, that I am learning,  I asked  22 young people in a third grade class to describe their strengths. "I am kind."  "I love to read"  "I can run really fast" and so on.   They  were learning to be storytellers  to present folktales that inspired leadership and advocated against bullying.  During our session I noticed a boy who kept to himself and was avoided by the…

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At 3:06am on April 7, 2014, Rituu B. Nanda said…

A very happy birthday dear Laura. Best wishes and stay well.

At 9:04am on November 29, 2012, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Thanks Laura for your warm note. You were in my thoughts on the day we did the story telling session.

At 6:43pm on July 7, 2011, Rituu B. Nanda said…
Laura, please share any inspiring story, whatever moved you. You can put it up as a blog. I can't wait to read it:-)
At 6:31pm on July 7, 2011, Rituu B. Nanda said…
Thanks for uploading your photo. You look gorgeous:-) Would you like to share a inspiring story from your Haiti experience with students? We could learn from the 'storyteller'.
At 6:06pm on July 7, 2011, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Dear Laura,

 

Welcome to Community Life Competence!

 

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