PAC World Café on the Power of Storytelling


vrijdag, 1 jun 2018, 14:30


vrijdag, 1 jun 2018, 17:30

Faculty Club (17th floor, Tinbergen (H) Building), Erasmus University Rotterdam

On 1 June, the Department of Media & Communication will host a World Café on “the power of storytelling”. This event includes high-profile speakers, a panel session and table discussions.

Storytelling is an important principle to get a message across and to engage audience members, users, customers or citizens in different disciplines, such as in journalism, creative industries, media and marketing departments of organisations and brands. Since the adoption of the internet and social media, this concept seems to be more important than ever -- It is perceived as a powerful tool in our digital era to get the attention of people in a world of information overload.

The concept of storytelling has several layers: On the one hand, a story needs to be created and contains certain elements, such as characters, suspense, humour or visuals. On the other hand, storytelling can be perceived as an activity in which the story is shared with a specific audience, through one or more channels. The sender has a particular purpose in mind by telling the story, the receiver has motivations to pay attention to the story, and give his/her own interpretation – and maybe even contribute to it.

During this World Café, we will explore the various aspects of storytelling, and the importance of it for the media, communication and business field. Our distinguished speakers will share with you how they use storytelling as a powerful way to inspire action.

This event is hosted by the Professional Advisory Committee  (PAC) of the Department of Media & Communication. It aims at enhancing the link between our students and the experts in the work field.

Registration for this event will open soon on this page. Only 40 spots are available and will be given out at a first-come-first-serve basis. Registrations are possible until the 25th of May latest.

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14.30     Doors open

15.00     Welcome by Dr. Yijing Wang

15.05 – 15.30 Panel discussion (Moderator: Dr. Mijke Slot)

  • Dewi Lammerding, Former Digital Transformation Manager at Hearst Netherlands
  • Freek Staps, Editor in Chief at Dept
  • Mia Mckenzie, Coordinator Integration/UN Migration Agency at
  • Rolf Harbers, Senior Consultant Corporate Communication & Public Affairs at Hill+Knowlton
  • Shelley Barendregt, Brand Relations Manager at FITGIRLCODE

15.30 – 16.50 World Café (Moderator: Dr. Joep Hofhuis)

               15.35 Moving to tables

               15.40 First-round discussion

               16.00 Moving between tables (getting a drink/snack)

               16.05 Second-round discussion

               16.25 Moving between tables (getting a drink/snack)

               16.30 Third-round discussion

16.50     Break

17.00     Harvest & wrap-up

17.30     Group photo & lottery