Stories of Lived Experiences
Stories. the lived experiences that people choose to share about their own understandings of the
world. are of increasing importance in decision making processes and are instrumental to creating
new ideas. ways of doing things and ultimately bringing about social change. They provide useful
insights into what is happening people’s lives and the communities that they are a part of. In the
VOICITYS project. storytelling is being used to support decision-makers at local and national
levels to design better policies and services.
Working with communities in Ge rm an y. Hungary. ltaly and the United Kingdom . the VOICITYS
project trained residents in specific neighbourhoods as Community Reporters who have used these
skills to tel1. understand and share their own stories on topics and issues pertinent to diversity
where they live. This report provides an overview of this methodology and its implementation within
the project. the findings from the stories gathered. and pan-European reflections on emergent
trends across the dataset.