- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An effort to showcase individual and personal stories of failure that gained momentum in Michigan is planning an international expansion.

Failure: Lab on Tuesday announced 15 independently organized events are planned in 2015 along with a new website that aims to encourage communities to organize more. They say events are planned in Sydney, Australia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Mexico City.

The international presence earlier included an event in Chandigarh, India, that organizers say drew more than 500 people. Organizers say that planned events in the U.S. next year are expected in Pittsburgh; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Anchorage, Alaska.

Organizers say the aim is to eliminate the stigma around failure and encourage risk-taking.

Every Failure: Lab will be required to follow certain guidelines. Each event must include short stories and performances from community members and experts in their respective fields, but they will ultimately revolve around a personal story of failure.

Jonathan Williams, a Failure: Lab co-founder, says in a statement that: “What makes our format so exciting and appealing is the lack of lessons and canned answers to adversity. Our storytellers don’t share what they learned after their struggles, they just open up about the vulnerable truth.”




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