When we can't dwell in our cities,

it's our stories that should wander. 

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 more than 150 stories told by a diverse body of contributors, originating from cities all over the world. In April 2020, our initiative was awarded a grant by the Chair of Social Entrepreneurship at Complutense University Madrid, as it was recognised as a  "student-led solidarity initiative which aims to alleviate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic."

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. 

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