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Stories can change not only how we see the world but also spark change globally. Jay Poudyal from Stories of Nepal shares about his experience of sharing stories of local Nepalese and how it changed himself and his readers. I’m asking Jay:
- Why did you decide to pick a camera and share local stories?
- What is the privilege of sharing stories and how can we handle this responsibility?
- What is the story that touched you the most?
The power of stories – how can we use it, Jay?
“What people want to share is more important than what I want to know“
Jay founded the Blog Stories of Nepal back in 2013, starting off as a photographer and later also sharing the conversations he had with the people he met. Inspired by Humans of New York, he captured the stories of people in Kathmandu and later whole Nepal, traveling to the most remote places. We talk about his difficult phases in life and how he decided to start something new, follow through and bring himself a new sense of hope and belonging in this world.
He shares his approach on storytelling and teaches us, what we have to keep in mind when we want to share stories of others, especially when we are travelling. We talk about our and also his privilege to go with a camera into these communities and how he constantly reflects his work.
He shares with us his approach to handle sad stories and how he finds the strength to change something. Jay is not only a storyteller but also an activist and changemaker, constantly raising money for vulnerable communities and making sure that reaches those who need it the most.
“I really despise the word voiceless, because everyone has a voice. You say voiceless because you chose to mute them.”
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