Migration Storytelling

Source: Quartz

Amidst the rancor in Europe and the United States over migration, its risks and how to contain or adapt to it, the world is witnessing the rise of new nationalist movements.

Against this background, Urban Logic began researching the history of migration, and how migration stories are told, mythologized and forgotten.

Along with other nonprofits and academic scholars, we are designing the Migration Storytelling Project, with the goal of deriving a common vocabulary to describe the triggers and dramatic elements  of how migration journeys begin, progress and through absorption, delay or repatriation, end.

In September 2016, Urban Logic partnered with 6 Degrees in Toronto Canada and the 19 Million Project to convene a successful simulation of the migration experience.

Our approach to this work builds on that of 19 Million Project’s November 2015 gathering in Rome to assist international journalists in authentically report the journey of Middle Eastern and North African migrants.

Ultimately, we plan to build a Periodic Table of Migration Storytelling Elements as an aid in developing the language for media and ordinary citizens to recount the similarities between their ancestors’ migration journeys, and the migrants’ journeys of today.

Migration Storytelling will help Urban Logic in creating greater social financial literacy for un-/underbanked populations by recalling ancestral traditions and beliefs around responsible economic and monetary actions, such as prioritizing savings and investment for durable assets, over spending and borrowing for the frivolous.

Bruce Cahan

Bruce Cahan is CEO and co-founder of Urban Logic, a nonprofit that harnesses finance and technology to change how systems think, act and feel. He is an Ashoka Fellow, aa Lecturer at Stanford University's Department of Management Science & Engineering, a Distinguished Scholar at Stanford mediaX and a former CodeX Fellow at Stanford's Center for Legal Informatics. Bruce was trained as an international finance lawyer at Weil Gotshal & Manges in NYC (10 years) and as merchant banker at Asian Oceanic in Hong Kong (2 years). Bruce graduated The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (B.S. Economics 1976) and Temple Law School (J.D. 1979). Bruce has been licensed to practice law in California (2006), New York (1980) and Pennsylvania (1980).

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