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Meet the Advocates
in Living Proof

Find additional Advocates' Stories in the Living Proof Blog.

Becky Blanton

speaks about her year of being homeless at TED Global 2009.

Kristin Brumm

blogs about going public with her story of domestic violence at Wanderlust.

Majora Carter

tells how a stray dog led her to fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx. Here's her speech at TED.com.

Derek Cotton

and others touched by cancer speak in a video for Gilda's Club Twin Cities.

Scott Harrison

is the founder of charity: water. He uses his story of transformation to explain the organization's mission: Big Omaha speech.

LeDerick Horne

weaves his personal story into speech and poetry.

Gayathri Ramprasad

speaks about her rise back from mental illness in this TEDx speech.

Ocean Robbins

draws upon his family history to talk about citizen involvement. The excerpt of his speech quoted in Living Proof is around the three-minute mark.

Loren Vaillancourt

Miss South Dakota 2010, tells the difficult story of her brother's death to advocate for stricter distracted driving laws: CBS The Early Show and the US Department of Transportation.

Zach Wahls

delivers the 3-minute speech that went viral on YouTube™.


WomenHeart draws its power from an army of champions telling their stories. Here's a video introduction to the organization.


Advocating with personal stories is a very specific activity that requires practice with elements of persuasion, public speaking, media interview skills and storytelling—not to mention healthy doses of fortitude and commitment. Here are some of our favorite links offering guidance and inspiration for “story advocacy.” We’ll keep gathering and adding. Have a useful resource? Tell us.

  • The Adversity2Advocacy Alliance “Because the science is clear; we help ourselves by helping others.”
  • Gregg Morris‘ thoughtful exploration of story and narrative, with an exhaustive list of more resources.
  • Filmmaker, advocate and Interfaith leader Valarie Kaur‘s blog: Story+Advocacy=Social Change
  • A Storied Career, Kathy Hansen’s blog to explore applied storytelling, with an extensive list of links to story-related resources.
  • Working Narratives, Paul VanDeCarr’s exploration of the many forms of storytelling, “from journalism to genealogy to psychology to film to literature to walking tours, and more.”
  • Wanderlust, Kristin Blumm’s award-winning blog about the healing power of storytelling. A powerful advocate working for awareness of domestic violence, she tells her story with candor and surprising wit.
  • StoryCorps: Record, share and preserve stories.
  • Six-Word Memoirs at SMITH Magazine
  • OurStory, an online tool for creating a digital “Story Map” of your experience
  • At GetStoried, Michael Margolis spreads practical wisdom about the many applications of stories
  • The Center for Story-based Strategy brings about social change


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