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Laura Simms
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.
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

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Posted on March 2, 2017 at 9:34pm 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 11:36pm on April 6, 2014, Rituu B. Nanda said…

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

At 4:34am 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 3:13pm 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 3:01pm 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 2:36pm on July 7, 2011, Rituu B. Nanda said…

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