Green Card Voices shares stories of immigrants and has to date recorded and shared stories of 500 immigrants/refugees originally coming from 140 countries. We’ve created first person video narratives, produced books, exhibits and curricula, and host myriad of in person storytelling panels and book readings. While we knew it was important to reframe immigration narratives with authentic first-person stories of immigrants and refugees, we also knew that it was important to deepen the conversation.
Everyone has a story to share. We wanted to design a way to facilitate the exchange of stories between immigrants and refugees, and their new neighbors.
In order to find a perfect tool, we reached out to our community to join us for a series of co-creating game tests. Eventually we settled on Story Stitch! Story Stitch was created to serve as a guided storytelling activity that connects and builds empathy between people of different cultural backgrounds, through the art of storytelling. Created by and for the community.
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The game consists of Story Cards and Stitch Cards. With a story card, a player has a chance to share a story from their life. With a Stitch Card, a player has a chance to engage or/and build on the story told. The end goal:
- a meaningful story exchange
- learning about unique backgrounds of immigrant and non-immigrant community members through storytelling
On December 13, 2018, more than 70 community members joined Green Card Voices for the Story Stitch Launch Party at Gandhi Mahal Restaurant in Minneapolis. Since Gandhi Mahal hosted the co-creation sessions, it felt great to come full circle and share our finished product with all who were able to attend. Thank you to everyone who came to eat, share and play. We loved hearing all the different stories.