Erin Kang is a passionate storyteller, event producer, social entrepreneur and city-builder. She is the founder of Stories of Ours, a project that aims to deepen community, invite solidarity and challenge dominant narratives through intentional acts of storytelling.

Through her professional work at the Centre for Social Innovation and her personal endeavours, Erin’s goals are always to connect the right people to each other in order to collaboratively tackle issues, empower individuals, increase civic engagement and fight systemic oppression. Erin’s passions are visible in her actions, such as co-founding Turnout Toronto, a civic engagement fair, and CSI Pop Up Markets that showcase the work of artists, entrepreneurs and social enterprises.

It was Erin’s firm belief in the power of storytelling to achieve social change that led her to founding Stories of Ours. The mission of the event is to create a space for everyday voices to be heard and experiences to be shared, with an emphasis on empowering people who may exist outside of dominant, normative narratives and structures. At each event, storytellers of various cultures, ages and experiences share true stories with the aim to go beyond cross-cultural dialogue and reach a place were we can lean into and support a culture of inclusivity and anti-oppression.

Paul was excited to sit down with Erin and talk about what storytelling means to her and the concepts and ideas behind Stories of Ours. For more information, visit storiesofours.org, join the Facebook group and follow Erin on Twitter @e_kangster. Stories of Ours was chosen by BlogTO as one of the top ten best storytelling events in Toronto. Read about Erin and Stories of Ours in the Toronto Star. Watch the video below with Bandana Singh to get a taste of what you’ll hear at Stories of Ours. The next event is on Thursday, May 26th.

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