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. Through experiential education, skill-building, and publicity support, CERITA empowers 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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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
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
Jakarta, Indonesia – 2020
Interfaith Youth Camp
The Hague, Netherlands – 2018
CERITA Singapore @FB
Singapore – 2019
Online – 2021
Events hosted on Instagram Live and Zoom
Participants reached around the world
Pages of programming expertise and best practices compiled into a CERITA Playbook.
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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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.