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Narrative infrastructure to build a bigger we

Campaigners, funders, strategists and storytellers are all thinking about the systems and tools needed to measure, teach and test narrative change strategies. At Meeting the Populist Moment, a convening co-hosted by Narrative Initiative and Open Society Foundations in Berlin this past June, participants spoke of narrative infrastructure in a time of rising populism. We spoke…

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A Pre-Forum Primer: “Building a Bigger We: Narrative Change in the Digital Age”

“Building a Bigger We: Narrative Change in the Digital Age” (Sep 6, 2019) is a conversation about organizing, technology, and how conversations are shaped today.

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Wir Machen - We Do - taken at Fabrik23 in Berlin

Three lessons for creating powerful collaborative gatherings

Collaborative gatherings can be powerful solutions in a time that demands a bigger, more powerful we. Here are three lessons for your next big event.

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Beyond Neoliberalism: Narrative approach to the Next Economy

Neoliberalism is dying. What narratives can replace it?

Dominant for 40+ years, neoliberalism is dying. “Beyond Neoliberalism: A Narrative Approach” explores the narrative strategies that advance a more equal and just political economy.

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What We Learned in Minnesota

Read the Full Report: Building Narrative Infrastructure in Minnesota, August 2019

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A Big Narrative Change Reading List

A dozen recent essays, insights and reports focused on the intersection of narrative, movement power and culture change.

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Poster used at Meeting the Populist Moment event in Berlin

Narrative Strategy in a Populist Moment

Organizers, storytellers, artists and technologists from North America and Europe gathered for three days to talk about Meeting the Populist Moment. The convening was part of a longer process of exploring how the global rise of populism is rupturing traditional political systems and opportunities for shifting deep narratives on race, the economy, the role of...

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Narrative Change: A Working Definition (and Some Related Terms)

Narrative Initiative has been gathering up different ways people talk about narrative change, how it’s structured, and how it moves in the world. As our staff engage partners and practitioners, we’ve found it helpful to highlight existing terms in use and offer shared terminology where we identify gaps.

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Toward New Gravity Today

Recapping, and reflecting on, what over 100 changemakers told us about narrative change. The human impulse–no, necessity–to make sense of the world, to justify values and bolster beliefs, is innate and immutable. Two years ago, the Narrative Initiative (NI) team interviewed over 100 people working in and around narrative change. We spoke to campaigners and…

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Welcome the Narrative Initiative’s New Advisory Board Members

We’re excited to introduce you to the Narrative Initiative’s Advisory Board. Each of these people inspires us daily with their deep experience and innovative ideas. Collectively, it’s a diverse group working in advocacy, storytelling, strategic communications, nonprofit leadership, law, academics and other fields. We also want to thank outgoing Advisory Board members: Elizabeth Cahill, Ben…

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