The Secretariat of Earth Charter International, which is based at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, endeavours to promote the mission, vision, strategies and policies adopted by the ECI Council. The Secretariat guides and liaises with efforts to bring the Earth Charter to the fields of education, youth, business and religion. It manages communications with the larger Earth Charter network, and promotes the use of the Earth Charter as an international soft law document.
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is one of the most admired storytelling events in the world and the largest of its kind – both from a programming and participation perspective – encompassing a wealth of cultures, traditions and styles. A world of stories within the Festival City: Edinburgh.
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival has been running since 1989; 2019 will be the 31st Festival. The first official Festival welcomed 700 attendees, compared to 2017 when over 27,000 people took part in the Scottish International Storytelling Festival throughout Scotland.
The educational, multidisciplinary research and global dissemination works of The Earth Stories Collection requires the collaboration, in different degrees and commitments, of other educational and institutional agents. This is the reason why we invite other entities, such as universities around the world and international organisations, to participate in the development of this important project, which could well become the seed of a new civilization which will be more human, just, peaceful and respectful of nature.
In the interest of intercultural respect, it is absolutely necessary that The Earth Stories Collection forge and maintain solid relationships with representatives, keepers of traditions, and storytellers of all cultures. While all cultures originally must have shared a connection to the natural world, in many parts of the world these traditions have been lost to time. For these reasons, our focus has been on those Earth-connected traditions that have continued into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These cultures still have at their heart stories that convey a complex-systems worldview.