Unifying National Narratives Call

June 30, 2014, 2-3pm ET
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Narrative is the expression of core values, ideas and beliefs that form the foundation for what we do
and what we fight for. Narrative is embedded in and shapes culture.

The GIST/GCYF/GIH Communications Collaborative, along with several other affinity groups and foundations have been working together to identify ways in which communications experts and the advocacy field can better align their communications under unified narrative work. By creating the relationships and infrastructure for shared learning, we allow more opportunity to move a common social and economic agenda over time.

This webinar will explore the outcomes from a recent meeting on unifying national narratives where a small group of practitioners and funders engaged in narrative work joined together to determine the degree of agreement and alignment, as well as any important differences on the shared themes of a commonly shared progressive narrative and explored ideas for strengthening collaboration and changing practice in the field. This meeting built off a convening held in September 2013 on the importance of narrative as a tool for social change.


  • Deb Ross, Executive Director, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
  • Ami Nagle, Co-Director, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce
  • Jann Jackson, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Jean Ross, Program Officer, Government Transparency and Accountability, Ford Foundation
  • Matt Hollamby, Program Officer, Wyss Foundation


Sponsored by the GIST/GCYF/GIH Communications Collaborative and Funders' Committee for Civic Participation