ivoh created the Restorative Narrative genre, a strengths-based approach, to tell the deeper stories of people and communities experiencing adversity—such as a school shooting or natural disaster, or systemic barriers, like poverty—and tapping into their strength and resilience to cope and grow.

Restorative Narrative captures the realities of those working to reclaim or rebuild their lives. It highlights strengths, potential, healing and growth, instead of underscoring what is broken as conventional news does.

Through this type of storytelling, we are seeking to amplify the voices of those who are traditionally unheard. These stories can inspire audiences who see renewed potential for their own lives and communities and change perspectives by showing commonalities across differences. Ultimately by telling more complete and authentic stories, we can increase confidence and trust in storytellers.

Featured Restorative Narratives

Restorative Narratives

Relationship between stress and social media is indirect, Pew study finds

Many studies have looked at the negative effects of social media. Some have found that it silences debate, increases feelings of envy, and undermines well-being by making us feel sad and lonely. A…

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Restorative Narratives

Fellows meet at University of Missouri to explore Restorative Narrative genre

This past weekend, ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Fellows met for dinner and a day-long dialogue and training workshop at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. We held the…

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Strengths-based Media

Students visit Fukushima to report stories of resilience in tragedy’s aftermath

The mountains rose in the distance, and a large “supermoon” lit the sky. Natalie Yemenidjian looked around. She couldn’t help but notice how the communities seemed built…

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ivoh was inspired by Rachel Aviv’s New Yorker story chronicling how the Newtown Bee, a small weekly community newspaper, responded to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Curtiss Clark, the editor, thought about the paper’s purpose during the tragedy’s aftermath and determined “We need to extract ourselves from the sticky amber that freezes things in time” and so highlighted the community’s “acts of benevolence.”

Clark’s thoughtful response caused ivoh to consider how media tends to focus on”what happened” instead of “what’s possible”, which can make it challenging for a community to move on from a devastating experience. Instead, Restorative Narratives can tell and spread those stories of resilience and recovery.