Joining Forces: Storytelling in Advocacy and Coalition Building

Responding to social, cultural and political challenges requires leaders to draw on sources of inspiration and empowerment in a manner that moves us to action. Storytelling has the ability to integrate complex ideas into rich narratives that can have a long lasting effect. Designed for organizers, activists and others who are interested in policy, leadership, and coalition building, this program shows how personal stories can be presented to live audiences and the media in a way that informs people about social/ political issues and move them to action.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Create a compelling public narrative that demonstrates a campaign goal, outlines a strategy, and inspires others to act
  2. Describe a purpose for motivating others and define the values of a community that might join you in action.
  3. Understand the elements of stories, including plot, characters, and moral in a manner that challenges hidden assumptions and creates alternative visions for the future. 
  4. Learn how public narratives can be used for effective, meaningful, and culturally competent communication.
Dawn was able to provide invaluable coaching to our academy managers. The teaching helped them better identify and tell stories of their academies’ (and their pupils’) achievements, plus build confidence and excited to want to share these stories more often in the first place. Sessions were interactive and fun, and resounded well with all participants.
— Marie Leznicki - Bridge International Academies
Dawn, you are the single most impactful speaker the Corvias Foundation has brought in. You empowered this group. Thank you!
— Director, Corvias Foundation