2019 Fall

Creating Connection Through Dialogue

"Many people avoid the challenge of emotionally charged conversations. Unfortunately, this avoidance can lead to feelings of disconnection and isolation within individuals and communities. Danny Mazur, founder of Soul Stories, details how creating space for dialogue can lead to authentic relationships, meaningful collaboration and personal transformation. From his family's mental health issues to difficult conversations with opposing political perspectives, Danny shares his journey on how dialogue has changed his life. In a time of political and cultural division, he believes facing the challenge of emotionally charged dialogue is our greatest tool to bring people together.

Danny Mazur is a storyteller, facilitator, mental health professional and founder of Soul Stories, which uses personal storytelling, dialogue, and creative expression to tackle difficult subjects.

" Danny is a storyteller, facilitator, mental health professional and founder of Soul Stories, an organization dedicated to creating connection through dialogue.

Danny has found a passion for difficult conversations. During the daytime, he works in mental health specializing in crisis intervention, de-escalation, and restorative practices with youth who have experienced trauma. In his free time, he leads Soul Stories which uses storytelling, dialogue, and creative expression to tackle difficult subjects. Over the last 5 years, Soul Stories has hosted over 100 events that have impacted 2,500+ participants in the metro Denver area. Him and his teams have co-created initiatives like "A Seat at the Table" which addresses gentrification and "Un/pact: a creative dialogue on consent" which, in partnership with the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, aims to catalyze nuanced conversation on sexual consent.