Connecting the world
one story at a time
Connecting the world
one story at a time
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. We work with CSOs, Foundations, universities, and the private sector empowering storytellers to reclaim the narrative.
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.
Our Caravan's Route
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The original CERITA programme, funded by Google.org and developed in partnership with the Habibie Center.
Kafe Cerita brought together community influencers and activists from five cities on Java for a 3-day intensive training to become Duta Cerita, story ambassadors.
Duta Cerita trained to bring the CERITA model to their communities.
Individuals engaged in follow-up programmes
Ambassador-led public storytelling events have engaged the wider public and inspired social change
Peterborough, United Kingdom – 2018-19
CERITA’s UK programme, funded by Google.org and developed in partnership with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Vivacity.
StoryTheCity trained community actors in the CERITA method while generating digital content to share and preserve powerful and diverse stories of place through the Peterborough Museum and local cultural initiatives.
Community actors trained to bring the CERITA model to their communities.
Video stories created and shared online.
App-based city tour has allowed users to explore the stories that make up Peterborough
CERITA-Nieuw Wij Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands – 2018
Employed the CERITA method to inspire groundbreaking conversations among key stakeholders, including professionals involving police officers, local government staff, artists, and civil society actors, with a specific focus on Indonesian-Dutch heritage.
Jakarta, Indonesia – 2020
Connected representatives from all 10 ASEAN countries in conversation hosted by the Habibie Center in Jakarta and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Interfaith Youth Camp
The Hague, Netherlands – 2018
Collaborated with United Religions Initiative (URI) and Arigatou International to inspire Dutch and Bulgarian youth participants aged 12-17 to connect deeply through storytelling as part of URI’s Interfaith Youth Camp.
CERITA Singapore @FB
Singapore – 2019
Designed six country-wide programmes to be implemented in 2020, in partnership with Meta and Roses of Peace, and hosted a daylong intensive kick-off training at Meta HQ before putting the project on hold due to COVID-19.
Online – 2021
CERITA’s flagship online programme, developed in partnership with Meta.
CERITA Caravan includes masterclass programming for previous participants and outreach to new audiences to build the storytelling movement, with a particular focus on Indonesia and Singapore and secondary focus on wider ASEAN countries and Europe. CERITA Caravan has hosted expert panel discussions, storytelling sessions, and more.
Events hosted on Instagram Live and Zoom
Participants reached around the world
Pages of programming expertise and best practices compiled into a CERITA Playbook.
Online CERITAFest storytelling festivals have brought participants together for reunion, reflection, and celebration.
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.