Discovering your “Sound of Belonging”: Building Empathy through Soundscapes

When you think of where you belong, what sounds do you hear? What emotions, memories, realizations come to mind? Do those sounds transplant you to a particular place or time?

These are the kinds of questions the “Sounds of Belonging” project encourages people to consider. The project invites individuals from all backgrounds to record a soundscape and share their story. We are also encouraging stories from Indigenous communities to highlight their voices and long-term knowledge of place. We respect the sovereignty of each person’s stories.*

The project is intended to open up the world of sound and insight from disparate locations. The hope is that “Sounds of Belonging” can help make the vast landscape of our planet closer and more intimate.

Join us for this special Earth Month BRIDGING Communities Café** session featuring Dr. Melissa K. Nelson, Professor of Indigenous Sustainability at Arizona State University. Learn how you can connect your inner voice with your outer soundscape and share your unique narrative with the world.

*For questions about Indigenous stories, contact Native co-producer Melissa K Nelson ([email protected]).

**The BRIDGING Communities Café Series is a signature program of the BRIDGES Sustainability Science Coalition, an UNESCO Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme ( This special Earth Month Café session is co-hosted by the BRIDGES Flagship Hub at ASU and The Narrative Storytelling Initiative at ASU. For questions or feedback about the BRIDGING Communities Café Series, please contact Julianna Gwiszcz ([email protected]).

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