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#LetsTalkAboutDeath Global Storytelling Events

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Join us in this global effort — launch or join an End of Life Storytelling Event in your community

We are kicking off OpenIDEO's End of Life Challenge with an Inspiration phase, collecting powerful stories about end of life from people around the world. 

We believe that bringing people together to share their stories will build community and help us devise human-centered solutions to reimagining the end of life experience for ourselves and our loved ones. 

We all have experiences related to death. Perhaps you’ve experienced the death of a loved one or have been close to death yourself. Maybe you have experience working in a care facility, or are currently in the process of watching your parents age.

We invite you to organize your own #LetsTalkAboutDeath event. Whether you bring six friends to your living room or host a larger event, this is an opportunity to create a space of vulnerability and encourage people to share their stories around this powerful topic.

Here's how to host a #LetsTalkAboutDeath event:

  1. Complete this form to tell us about your event, and we will include it on our list below.
  2. Use Eventbrite, Facebook or a similar service to set up an event page and allow guests to register (we've included sample text below!).
  3. Invite friends and others in your community to share their stories around the end of life topic.
  4. Use this Storytelling Event Toolkit to help plan and facilitate your event. The prompt: “Share a personal story about an end-of-life experience that’s impacted you or a loved one.”
  5. Share photos, insights and multimedia from your storytelling events by tweeting them to @OpenIDEO or using the #LetsTalkAboutDeath hashtag


Upcoming #LetsTalkAboutDeath Events

  • Aguascalientes, Mexico | May 26, 2016 | Host: OpenIDEO Aguascalientes
  • Amstelveen, Netherlands | May 28, 2016 | Host: Agnieszka Makowska
  • Ashland, OR, USA | June 15, 2016 | Host: Selene Seltzer
  • Bamenda, Cameroon | TBD | Host: Maurice Beukam Kamdem
  • Bangalore, India | May 24, 2016 | Host: Paulami Roychoudhury
  • Bangalore, India | TBD | Host: Shruti Sanganeria
  • Barcelona, Spain | TBD | Host: Arianna Mazzeo
  • Blantyre, Malawi | TBD | Host: Kenwilliams Mhango
  • Bogotá, Colombia | May 19, 2016 | Host: OpenIDEO Bogotá 
  • Bratislava, Slovakia | TBD | Host: Ulrike Reimann
  • Caracas, Venezuela | May 21, 2016 | Host: Mairim Quijada
  • Carborro, NC, USA | May 25, 2016 | Host: Sue Kemple
  • Chicago, IL, USA | TBD | Host: Janice Cho
  • Cuernavaca, Mexico | May 30, 2016 | Host: Marea Saldarriaga
  • Dallas, TX, USA | TBD | Host: Miike Nwoke
  • Delhi, India | June 3, 2016 | Host: Nitin Bathla
  • Detroit, MI, USA | TBD | Host: Dextina Booker
  • Durham, NC, USA | May 31, 2016 | Host: Lorraine Davis
  • Gainesville, FL, USA | May 28, 2016 | Host: TiaMa
  • Goma, DR Congo | TBD | Host: John Vulume
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong | May 26, 2016 | Host: Janice Yeung
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong | May 26, 2016 | Host: Jessica Wing TungLeung
  • Kampala, Uganda | TBD | Host: Christa Preston
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | TBD | Host: Gwen Yi
  • London, UK | TBD | Host: Panagiotis Pentaris
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA | May 25, 2016 | Host: Annie Luchsinger
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA | May 23, 2016 | Host: OpenIDEO Los Angeles
  • Louisville, KY, USA | May 31, 2016 | Host: Justin Magnuson
  • Lusaka, Zambia | TBD | Host: Donald Bilham
  • Madrid, Spain | TBD | Host: Álvaro Guirao López
  • Manila, Philippines | TBD | Host: Leah Del Rosario  
  • Mexico City, Mexico | TBD | Host: Isabel Barraza
  • Mexico City, Mexico | TBD | Host: Pablo Antonio Bañuelos (looking for event support)
  • Milan, Italy | TBD | Host: Marihum Pernia
  • Munich, Germany | TBD | Host: Sabine Flechet (looking for event support)
  • Nairobi, Kenya | TBD | Host: Simon Nderitu
  • New York, NY, USA |  May 18, 2016 | Host: OpenIDEO New York City
  • New York, NY, USA | TBD | Host: Guirlaine Belizaire (looking for event support)
  • Nyamira, Kenya | May 21, 2016 | Host: Samuel Mongoni
  • Nzega, Tanzania | TBD | Host: Japhet Aloyce Kalegeya (looking for event support)
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA | TBD | Host: Serena Bian
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA | TBD | Host: Leslie Garner Franklin (looking for event support)
  • Portland, OR, USA | May  26, 2016 | Host: Michael Curry
  • Portola Valley, CA, USA | May 26, 2016 | Host: Anne Bonaparte
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | May 26, 2016 | Host: OpenIDEO Riyadh
  • Sacramento, CA, USA | TBD | Host: Christine Cress
  • San Carlos, CA, USA | May 21, 2016 | Host: Freddy Alili
  • San Francisco, CA, USA | TBD | Host: Brad Wolfe
  • San Francisco, CA, USA | May 23, 2016 | Host: Scott Shigeoka
  • San Mateo, CA, USA | TBD | Host: Josephine Tsay
  • Santiago, Chile | May 23, 2016 | Host: Luke Ball
  • Singapore, Singapore | May 28, 2016 | Host: Giok Chua (looking for event support)
  • Singapore, Singapore | TBD | Host: Dave Lai
  • Singapore, Singapore | May 21, 2016 | Host: Evelyn Ooi
  • Taipei, Taiwan | May 29, 2016 | Host: Yu-Juin (June)Wang
  • Vancouver, Canada | TBD | Host: David Adams (looking for event support)
  • Vienna, Austria | TBD | Host: Ulrike Reimann
  • Virtual | TBD| Host: Jacqueline McMenamin
  • Virtual | May 29, 2016 | Host: Marionne Bronner (E-mail her to participate)
  • Warsaw, Poland | TBD | Host: Mariusz Halaczek (looking for event support)
  • Washington, DC, USA | TBD | Host: Laurent Guinand (looking for event support)
  • Washington, DC, USA | May 30, 2016 | Host: Jia Ling Lim
  • Wellington, New Zealand | TBD | Host: ClareOLeary
  • Zurich, Switzerland | May 31, 2016 | Host: Alenka Bonnard


Do you want to support an event in your city that needs event support (people to help co-host, find venue space, etc.)? Contact sshigeoka@ideo.com to get connected and collaborate on launching an event.

Sample E-mail Invitation

This is just an example of what an e-mail might look like, feel free to customize it.

Hi [NAME],

As part of OpenIDEO's End of Life Challenge, I am joining a global effort to collect powerful stories about end of life. People around the world will be hosting storytelling events that bring people together to share stories that will connect us to each other and help our community devise human-centered solutions to reimagine the end of life experience for ourselves and our loved ones.

This project is about cultivating spaces of vulnerability, and encouraging people to share their personal stories around death or dying.

I would be honored if you would take the time to join me and a few guests on [DATE OF EVENT] at [TIME] at [LOCATION OF EVENT] for our #LetsTalkAboutDeath event. 

The goal is to spark human connections and conversations about life and its end. We'll then join a global conversation and submit our stories and experiences to the Inspiration phase of the Challenge

Follow the conversation on social media @OpenIDEO #LetsTalkAboutDeath.

I hope you'll join us as we unite as people to talk about a process we will all experience. Together, we can reimagine death to help us live fully till the end.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]