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“Harnessing the Power of Narrative for Social Change”


As a writer, I often wonder about the future… 

Power of Narrative for Social Change

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Actually, because of some of my research, I hold the future in Great Wonder.

And, because I’m a writer, I have the power of words to help me, even if falteringly, to potentially shape some of the Future.

What if you knew about an organization that could help you  “change the story on the issues that matter most.”

Change the Story

Some say we humans are story-telling creatures.

Think for a moment about all the stories you hear every day—from family, friends, co-workers, bosses, corporations, and governments

Well, that organization that can help change the story that surrounds certain issues has a Vision:

“We believe that together we can move towards a just economy, a healthy planet, and a better future for all.”

Something else this organization says, that evokes deep feelings for me, is:

“We believe the root cause of today’s crises lie in the potent mythologies that normalize an unjust status quo.”

The organization is the Center for Story-Based Strategy.

One thing I find fascinating about this organization is their willingness to teach the power of sharing compelling stories to help create a better future for our human family and this home, our planet

The title of this post is the title of a .pdf you can download—Harnessing the Power of Narrative for Social Change—which includes the elements of story-telling as well as this quote:

“There are many different ways to win the Battle of the Story whether it’s by re-framing the issue, amplifying previously unheard voices, or offering new solutions. The story-based strategy approach offers a flexible methodology for campaign or community stakeholders to encapsulate their common experience and vision into a powerful, shared narrative.”

Here’s another .pdf you can download—Giant Whispers: Narrative Power, Radical Imagination and a Future Worth Fighting For…—which has this quote:

“Beyond our much-hyped opposable thumbs and our ability to stand erect on two feet, humans are unique in the animal kingdom for our relationship with narrative. We humans are storytelling animals, constructing our social reality through our ability to create, interpret, and contest stories about the world around us and our place within it. We think, dream, remember, and believe through the filter of narrative.”

Do you tell stories?

Do you feel they have power?

Do you wish you could learn how to make them more compelling?

I’ll leave you with this video, which brings up a story from Amazon


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3 responses to ““Harnessing the Power of Narrative for Social Change”

  1. Jane Watson May 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I really enjoyed visiting the website of the Centre for Story based Strategy. I downloaded quite a few pdf’s from their site about narrative for social change. Thank you, I think it is a very useful web site… Story appeals and reaches people on an emotional level that rules and telling folks what to do does not, I believe. I wrote a newspaper story article many years ago which was made into a film about the plight of Lebanese refugees in Australia at that time. I think the film got the message across more powerfully than telling people how these people were suffering because it told the *story* of one refugee boy who was struggling with post traumatic shock after coming from a war zone….

    In the last few days many people have watched the video on news channels of Tara the cat saving her 4 year old owner from a vicious dog attack. The video told a story that was compelling and amazing and moving. It made a point through story about badly brought up untrained dogs. It was more powerful than any sermon. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27428819

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      So, so true, Jane—the stories told—the stories We tell—have power to change things

      Thanks for referencing Tara :-)

      Also, is there any way to see the movie derived from your article??

      Like

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