Below is a note from Larry Johnson, World Storytelling Day organizer and past president of VFP Chapter 27
"I served as a conscientious objector, unarmed medic, during the War in Vietnam, and have taught storytelling and video all my life, mainly focussing on environmental and peace with justice content. In 2003 I was able to be part of a worldwide group of storytellers, led by Ulf Arnstrom in Sweden, planning what has come to be World Storytelling Day at www.globalstorytellingday.org Each year, since 2003, there has been a worldwide theme and events happening around the world, these days in 25 or more countries. Most events are not overtly peace-oriented, the way we think as peace activists, but the initial inherent theme was something like, "If I can hear your story, it's harder for me to hate you". I choose to organize here in the spirit of the peace activism I believe in.