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?
We really like this short video created by the In Your Words Project, a partnership of Western University – Canada and Mind Your Mind. The 10 Tips are guidelines that support youth in the process of telling their stories about living with a mental illness.
Thedatabank, provider of software for nonprofits, is generously hosting us next week for a free webinar: Five Qualities of the Well-Told Advocacy Story. Join us!
Do you rely on individuals’ stories to raise awareness, solicit support, change minds, or touch hearts?
Chances are you do, whether through dedicated spokespersons and advocates, or through communications from leadership, staff, volunteers, or board members. Spoken personal stories have the power to move audiences from apathy to empathy to action — but without the right preparation and strategy, stories can fall flat or miss the mark.
Join us Tuesday, September 22, 1:00 – 2:00 CST, for this free webinar about how you or your advocates can tap the power of personal storytelling, covering topics such as:
- How advocacy stories differ from other forms of storytelling
- When and why stories work—and when they don’t
- Finding your own store of powerful personal stories
- The Five Qualities of the Well-Told Advocacy Story
- Exercises and tips to explore your storytelling advocacy
- How to encourage and support storytelling advocacy in your organization
REGISTER TO ATTEND
We see some interesting possibilities in this simple app.
Tim and I visited the memorial at Ground Zero this past weekend. As we stood watching the rush of fountain waters cascading into a seemingly bottomless hollow, it began to rain lightly.
Here’s another inspired and inspiring organization that understands what it means to use personal narrative as an agent of change: Adversity to Advocacy (A2A) Alliance, an organization we recently featured here on the website, in the press and in our speaking engagements.