// Category: Commentary

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We all have narrative power

Narrative is shaped in conversations. Here’s how a meeting with a Ukrainian cab driver in New York clarified one person’s identity.

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What listening to Rusty Mae Moore taught me about narrative change

The story of Rusty Mae Moore and Chelsea Goodwin shows us how the strongest narratives are complex and woven through the richness of life.

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Photo of a man feeding flying birds at the top of an open stone stairway. Photo is from the film All that Breathes.

Five films we’re watching at Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival starts next week, January 20th, 2022, with incredible storytelling on tap. Here are five films we’ll be watching.

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Narrative Initiative

A 2021 narrative reading list to launch your 2022

The articles, essays, resources, podcasts and more that made us think about how narrative change is working as we head into 2022.

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People gathered at sunset. Narrative organizing. Photo by Rita Vicari, Unsplash.

Narrative Organizing: How we shift power towards justice

Narrative organizing is the act of building, creating and using narrative to shift power towards justice, equity and democracy. Here we look at why we connect narrative to organizing. We will describe narrative organizing and highlight some of the practices and skills we have found necessary to do narrative organizing.

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Terms of Abuse: White Supremacy, Structural Racism and White Nationalism

Scot Nakagawa guides us through the cultural and legal systems of white supremacy, structural racism and white nationalism to find new narrative power.

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Systems Language for Narrative Power

Our systems language too often disempowers people. Putting people into systems stories as proactive agents of change is a skill we can practice and improve to create more powerful narrative change.

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How to do Intersectionality

Getting intersectional analysis right is an important piece of the narrative puzzle. Here are great examples of intersectional organizing to learn from.

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Over a million gathered in the Dignity Plaza, Santiago, Chile on International Working Women's Day. Photo: Coordinadora 8M. (CC BY-SA)

Feminist political organizing offers lessons in narrative power

Feminist narratives are powering some of the most important movements of the 21st century by turning anger to joy, creating care in spaces of insecurity, and looking to the future.

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Newspaper headline about US Capitol attacks. Jan 7, 2021. Photo by little plant on Unsplash.

Narrative change happens fast

Narrative change happens fast in times of crisis and national trauma. We look at how the “terrorist” stories of this past week (and the weeks and months after 9/11) shift American life and how Arnold Schwarzenegger’s video message puts a new “story of us” into the narrative.

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