The measures that are adopted to combat the spread of the Coronavirus are radically transforming cities and urban life. In a vast and increasing number of cities around the world, large events are banned, schools closed, and public facilities shut.
Spread stories, not the virus is a platform for citizens to share their experiences and reflections in their locked-down cities. Our initiative collects stories that offer particular and alternative perspectives on the kind of city that emerges when people have to practice social distancing and are confined to their homes.
Our platform has rapidly grown to become a space where citizens from all over the world share creative, constructive and reflective stories. So far, we have published 100+ stories told by a diverse body of contributors, originating from cities all over the world. The stories on our website always appear in English and often in the native language of the authors as well. Read more about our initiative in "Why we spread stories in times of Coronavirus".
Get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about our initiative or have (media) inquiries. Contact: spreadstoriesnotthevirus [at] gmail [dot] com.
We spread stories, not the virus
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about our initiative in
"Why we spread stories
in times of Coronavirus"
Who are we?
As an international group of young urbanists, we saw our universities closed overnight and our cities go into lockdown. Confronted with these measures, we became intrigued by the new urban conditions that have emerged in the midst of the global outbreak of the Coronavirus.
We decided to dedicate our period of self-quarantine to collect, and spread, stories of cities and citizens around the world. Instead of echoing the dystopian images of abandoned streets that dominate the media coverage, we wanted to provide a platform for citizens to share their experiences and reflections in their cities on lockdown. On March 16th 2020, we launched our website - followed soon after by our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Our team is made up of students and graduates of the 4CITIES Erasmus Mundus master's in Urban Studies.