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Storytelling

  • Yale School of Management, Room 4410 165 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT (map)

Join us for a storytelling workshop with award-winning journalist, educator, cultural organizer, storyteller and Tsai CITY Mentor in Residence Abdul-Rehman Malik.

Abdul-Rehman Malik is an award-winning journalist, educator, and cultural organizer. Currently a Postgraduate Associate at Yale University’s Council on Middle East Studies, he is also programs manager for the Radical Middle Way, which offers powerful, faith-inspired guidance and tools to enable change, combat exclusion and violence and promote social justice for all. Abdul-Rehman has pioneered platforms which champion the intersection of arts and social change, promote civic action and promote resilience to violence. He recently trained over 150 young civil society leaders in Indonesia to use the power of storytelling to bridge interfaith and intercultural divides against the backdrop of violence and discrimination as part of a Google.org funded initiative called Project Cerita.

Abdul-Rehman is a journalist for BBC Radio, offering contemporary perspectives on spirituality and presenting documentaries and programs for Radio 4, Radio 2 and the World Service. His recent documentary work includes the “The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee”. He also regularly presents the popular Pause for Thought segment on Radio 2 and Something Understood on Radio 4. In addition to providing curation and content guidance to a variety of cultural and literary institutions, Abdul-Rehman is also director of the Insight Film Festival, a unique year-round festival that celebrates the intersection between faith and film. He was creative advisor to English Touring Theatre’s acclaimed, radical reimagining of Othello in 2017. He continues to curate The Othello Project, a multidisciplinary festival of artistic responses to the production which tours the UK again in late 2018.

He was a 2017 Yale Greenberg World Fellow and is currently a Postgraduate Associate at Yale University's Council on Middle East Studies, where he is Outreach Coordinator 208 and is also undertaking a project on “rethinking” the field of Countering Violent Extremism. He is also the director of the Muslim Social Justice Leadership Lab being incubated at Yale’s Dwight Hall Center for Social Justice and Public Service. Abdul-Rehman also serves on the advisory board of the Said Foundation’s Amal Muslim Cultures & Arts program fund.

This workshop is part of the Innovator's Toolkit, a series of free workshops focused on key skills for innovation.

The series is presented by the Yale Collaborative on Social Entrepreneurship, a partnership of the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology, Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, Dwight Hall at Yale, InnovateHealth Yale, The Policy Lab, Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, Yale Landscape Lab, and Yale School of Management’s Program on Entrepreneurship and Program on Social Enterprise.

Earlier Event: February 15
Member Orientation