Facilitated by Lance Weiler, the director of Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (aka Columbia DSL), storytelling practitioners from a dozen countries met this afternoon for an informal dialogue about Parallel Narratives. Columbia DSL is a next generation media lab harnessing the arts, humanities and emergent technology to tackle some of the world’s impossible problems through collaboration, creativity, exploration, experimentation, reflection, and design research; all approaches that are at the heart of the Parallel Narratives process.

The discussion covered a wide range of topics, including the application of the fantastic in our changing world, storytelling and immersive work with incarcerated populations, the sustained impact of the “storycircle” as a medium, and the gamification of narratives for deeper social engagement. Thank you to the vibrant practitioners that participated in the discussion and generated fantastic narratives through a guided exercise from Rodari’s The Grammar of Fantasy.

If you are interested in participating in the Columbia DSL prototyping community, you can join here. The network welcomes storytellers, game designers, makers, hackers, producers, directors, writers, designers, activists, academics, students and those who are interested in how creativity and the arts can tackle complex challenges.