Julie Catterson Lindahl
Julie Catterson Lindahl is an author, researcher and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Stories for Society (www.storiesforsociety.com), a Swedish-based non-profit dedicated to renewing the art of storytelling for improved learning and communication, with an emphasis on youth. Most recently, Julie worked in ethnically divided and marginalized communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina to facilitate the creation of common stories in post-conflict settings.
Julie's non-profit work emerged out of her experience of the transformational power of writing and storytelling. She is the author of four books, and has previously worked as a newspaper columnist, blogger and editor. Her many years of voluntary work in story-reading in the classroom suggested that methods for group story-making were needed in order to address complex issues among youth. Her previous work as a social entrepreneur in the field of health (see www.nordicwellbeing.com) suggested that the wider use of such methods in schools could have a beneficial effect on psychological and physical health.
In 2012 Stories for Society launched its Beyond Tolerance initiative, focusing on a new understanding of how to achieve a sustainable diverse society. This initiative is based on Julie's experience as a historian. During the past years Julie has researched the story of her grandfather's role in National Socialism and the SS in Germany, Poland and Brazil. She writes and speaks about her findings in order to generate a wider and more detailed awareness of history, how its legacies bear themselves out in the present day and why discussing the past is essential to peace in our time . In the context of this work she was named Honorary Research Associate of University College London where she was affiliated with a project concerning the reverberations of WWII on the generations that followed, as well as Stevens Traveling Fellow 2015-2016.
Julie engages in a wide range of intercultural projects, including in the developing world, motivated by her belief in the need continually to support the emergence of an ever growing global collaborative community. Previously, she worked for a range of development consulting companies including KPMG Management Consulting, Rambøll and Landell Mills Limited.
Julie has a B.A. (English Literature) from Wellesley College, USA, an M.Phil. from Oxford University (International Relations) and is a former Fulbright Scholar. She was raised in ten countries on three continents. During a decade she lived on an isolated Swedish island with her husband and twins, an experience about which she has written extensively.
Awards and Recognition
- 2010, Awarded a prize for best back cover text from Gather Community Press to publish "Rose in the Sand," an account of ten years lived on an isolated island in Scandinavia.