// Posts by Ted Fickes

Narrative Initiative

Explanation and the “How” of a Narrative

We recently spoke with Julie Sweetland, Senior Advisor at FrameWorks Institute, about Unleashing the Power of How: An Explanation Declaration. Released in March as part of FrameWorks Institute’s 20th anniversary, the Explanation Declaration asks communicators to help people understand the “how” behind issues and see that how as a critical part of engaging and empowering…

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Flooding the channels: Information abundance and narrative change

Is there a conflict between how (and how fast) modern communications platforms are used and the long-term work of shifting deep narratives about the economy, race and social justice? The internet, global media platforms, and big data offer countless new tools to authoritarian populist leaders. Disinformation and misinformation spreads rapidly. Attention is diverted by a…

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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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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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