The Bear presents PURPOSE:

stories from the non-profit world

Photo courtesy Jeremy Bishop

Photo courtesy Jeremy Bishop

I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose.
— R.J. Anderson, Ultraviolet

March 15, 2019

Doors and Bär Bar open at 7:30 pm / Show starts at 8 pm

Venue: Maschinenhaus at Kulturbrauerei; Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin

Tickets: General Admission 13 euros; discounted 10 euros.

THE BEAR, Berlin's popular storytelling show presents an evening of true, personal stories from the non-profit world.

Storyteller Claudio Paganini; Photo: Felix Limmer

Storyteller Claudio Paganini; Photo: Felix Limmer

On March 15, we will shine a light on what drives people to commit their lives to a cause. Storytellers explore, sometimes in the most unexpected ways, the challenges, unexpected twists, transformative moments of truth that are just part of an ordinary day at work. By amplifying these voices, we want to spark empathy, inspiration and connection in our community.

In keeping with The Bear tradition, stories are true and personal, in either German or English, told within 8 minutes, without notes. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining.

Show host Dyane Neiman charms the audience with lively interaction. Singer/ songwriter Teresa Seabird accompanies the evening with live music.



What kind of stories

We are looking for stories exploring, sometimes from the most unusual angle, the challenging and extraordinary moments of lives dedicated to a purpose; careers rooted in the non-profit world.

Storyteller: Run Zhang; Photo: Felix Limmer

Storyteller: Run Zhang; Photo: Felix Limmer

For example:

• Alice is sent to the rainforest of Papua New Guinea to explain the Greenhouse effect to tribal leaders seated above her in the treetops. They don't speak the same language and there is no interpreter.

• Lourdes returns to her native Haiti to start a business when a natural disaster causes her to spend the next 3 years doing daring deeds to help rebuild the lives that were destroyed in the aftermath.

• Boris has 40 minutes to convince 2,000 volunteers that their skills and dedication are making a huge positive impact around the world. How does Boris overcome his extreme fear to speak in public?

• Alma's Powerpoint presentation on gender equality receives blank stares from the Bedouin elders seated in their tent in the Sahara desert. How can she create connection and understanding?

Pitch a story idea

Send us your story idea either in written or audio format. Although there is no compensation for speaker's participation, all selected speakers receive professional speaker coaching, as well as a video and photo documentation of their story.

About us

The Bear's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. The Bear promotes understanding and connection through the practice of storytelling and by elevating the artform on stages, airwaves and in workshops in Berlin and beyond.

Founded in November 2015 by Dyane Neiman and supported by a team of volunteers, The Bear has presented 35 evenings and over 360 stories. With a diverse cast of storytellers ranging from wanderers to wolf researchers, from around the world, in English and German, the Bear's fourth season has been regularly sold-out: a telling sign the ancient art of the raconteur is alive and well. The Bear challenges dominant narratives, inspires greater confidence in storytellers, and deepens connection in the community by sparking empathy and understanding among listeners.


If you have a story to pitch, a storyteller to recommend, or would like to support our evening in any way, please contact us:; Michael Rost, Tel. +49. 176. 654. 256. 35.


This evening is co-presented by KCRW Radio, Meeet AG,