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How to Tell Your Story to Make a Difference

Today is National Tell A Story Day. All across the U.S. and the UK, people are telling stories to delight, honor, remember, entertain, imagine…and make a difference as advocates, spokespersons and champions. #NationalTellAStoryDay

What better time to recall the Five Qualities of a Well-Told Advocacy Story?

It’s World Storytelling Day: break out the technology

Right now, all over the world, folks are telling stories to each other.

It’s World Storytelling Day, a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. Observed each year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the on the first day of the autumn equinox in the southern, World Storytelling Day is a chance to reflect on the storytelling power of the human voice.

So why choose today to focus on technology?

Guest Post: Ethics and Advocacy Performance

A guest post from Jen Tuder, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Her solo performance, Suicide Punchline, maps her experience of surviving her father’s loss to suicide. She has toured the show from San Francisco to Philadelphia.

Telling stories to advocate for social change is a compelling method of persuasion. Advocates use their personal stories as evidence. They use the peculiar influence of the “true story” to move audiences to take action. But like any powerful tool, advocacy stories can be used for good or for ill. 

Make a Difference Day 2015


For more than two decades, Points of Light and USA TODAY have partnered on Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. On the fourth Saturday of October, millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. Make A Difference Day is a day to celebrate the power of people to make a difference. What better time to share your advocacy story?

Or be inspired by some Points of Light volunteer stories here.