The What and Why of Narrative- A Powerful Tool for Social Change

Funders Convening
September 24, 2013, 10:00-4:30pm (EST)
Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street, New York City
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The ability to tell a powerful, values-based story about core beliefs is an important capacity that all organizations should have. Funder colleagues gathered for an important discussion to learn about narrative and why its use is an effective tool for social change. Essential elements of a compelling narrative were explored, including:

  • What is narrative and what distinguishes it from other communications practices?
  • Why are powerful narratives effective tools for advancing social change?
  • What can we learn from state and national efforts that are already using a narrative strategy?
  • What can you do to build capacity for incorporating narrative into your program areas and the work of your grantees?

Panelists and roundtable discussion leaders included:

  • Ella Andrews, Progress Alliance of Washington
  • Meg Bostrom, Topos Partners
  • Christine Cordero, Center for Story-based Strategy
  • Meg Gage, Proteus Fund
  • Richard Healey, Grassroots Policy Project
  • Cuong Hoang, Stoneman Family Foundation
  • Robert Kraig, Wisconsin Values Project and Citizen Action of Wisconsin
  • Richard Kirsch, Roosevelt Institute and USAction
  • Ami Nagle, GIST
  • Rashad Robinson, Color of Change
  • Anna Wadia, Ford Foundation

Sponsored By: Funders Committee for Civic Participation - GIST/GCYF/GIH Communications Collaborative - Rockefeller Brothers Fund - Stoneman Family Foundation - The Proteus Fund - The Ford Foundation