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Connecting the world
one story at a time

Connecting the world
one story at a time

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CERITA is a social cohesion and anti-polarization project, powered by technology, that amplifies citizen voices through storytelling. CERITA inspires influencers, stakeholders, and individual storytellers across all walks of life to fight discrimination, promote inclusivity, and build trust within and between communities.

By creating opportunities to explore–with honesty and complexity–the ways in which different cultures, religious beliefs, worldviews, and identities interact, the CERITA method builds resilience against narratives and ideologies which seek to undermine a diverse and inclusive social fabric. Through experiential education, skill-building, and publicity support, CERITA empowers storytellers to reclaim the narrative.

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JAMII

Sharing Stories. Building Communities. Changing the World.

CERITA-Jamii is the next-generation CERITA programme, developed in partnership with Meta. Engaging civil society actors, community influencers, and activists in designated countries, CERITA-Jamii creates platforms of self-expression for citizens to share stories across ethnic, religious, gender, political and cultural differences. Every part of the CERITA-Jamii programme is co-created with civil society partners to incorporate local expertise and reflect local priorities.

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Stephen Shashoua

CERITA Co-Founder
Co-Director of the Caravanserai Collective

Stephen is an award-winning innovator in the social cohesion field, having led the UK based Three Faiths Forum (3FF) for more than 10 years, turning it into one of the UK’s largest interfaith and intercultural organizations. Seen as having been central in changing the landscape of work in the field, Stephen built 3FF to a team of 20 to design and deliver a wide portfolio of award-winning social cohesion programs that encourage interaction and learning between people of different faiths and beliefs in the UK and internationally.

He is a programme designer, trainer, facilitator, and consultant to inter-governmental organisations, NGOs, and Foundations.

He is a Yale World Fellow, a KAICIID International Fellow, a member of the IF20 Educational Working Group, a Trustee of Keshet UK, an Advisory Board member of Standing Together Against Domestic Violence SAFE Programme, a Strategic Advisor to New Horizons in British Islam, and a UNAOC Global Expert. Having moved to the UK from Canada in 2003, he is now based in Lisbon, Portugal and works internationally. He is Co-Director of the Caravanserai Collective

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Meet The Team

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Abdul-Rehman Malik

CERITA Co-Founder &
Co-Director of the Caravanserai Collective

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Rahima (Ima)
Abdulrahim

CERITA Co-Founder


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Stephen Shashoua

CERITA Co-Founder &
Co-Director of the Caravanserai Collective

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Kellen Silver

Project Manager,
CERITA-Jamii


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The storytelling movement is digital

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CERITA is managed and run by the Caravanserai Collective. We are committed to teaching the tools and skills to activate individuals to become powerful movers for positive change. We are a cultural intermediary and consultancy focused on assisting individuals and groups to create the necessary shifts in their organisations and communities. We operate in the area of intercultural literacy, the arts, storytelling, conflict transformation, and organisational development by means of facilitated spaces, consultancy and programming.
We are a private limited company established in February 2017 in the UK.

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