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= Case description =
Our European societies are facing many challenges connected to increasing migration and cultural diversity. Problems including segregated communities, racism and various forms of intolerance and extremism endanger our welfare and our sense of security.
These challenges inspired the staff of the youth centre, part of the Department of Culture and Leisure of the Municipality of Simrishamn, Sweden, to look for solutions. Together with secondary school students and some adult volunteers, they developed More Than One Story, a practical method of working actively towards integration, understanding, healthy curiosity and respect between people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. From the very beginning, the aim was to create an accessible, inexpensive and popular tool; a method which would produce such a powerful affect among individuals and groups that it would inspire participants to work with them.
Staff from the municipality’s youth centre spent over six months developing the More Than One Story card game, together with secondary school students and adult volunteers. As they worked together, they tested many possible cards and began to notice which ones produced the desired effect, to help people let go of prejudices and come closer to each other. This method is now being introduced at schools, youth centres, homes for the elderly, festivals, conferences, meetings and events. Most of the work and time invested in spreading More Than One Story is done by private individuals and the hundreds of public service employees or non-profit association members in the Simrishamn municipality and other municipalities who have chosen to use and promote this method.
This project has received an incredibly enthusiastic reaction from schools, institutions, families and
organisations all over Sweden which are now using More Than One Story as a tool for social integration and inclusion. More Than One Story is being used all over Sweden, as well as in some other countries, to create increased harmony and appreciation across generations, amongst students and teachers, parents and children, immigrants and other residents.
Because of the minimal cost of each card game, it is possible even in difficult economic times, for
municipalities, organisations and individuals to use More Than One Story to increase social inclusion and intercultural understanding. This method requires no specific training and everyone is able to lead the game after reading the simple instructions.