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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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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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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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Polyvocal narrative strategy: Turning many voices into durable change

Polyvocality is the power of many voices to shift and sustain narrative change. Polyvocality can shape culture, politics and society.

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Thinking with our eyes: Understanding the power of visual narrative

We think with our eyes. Here, Liz Banse of Resource Media shares case studies show how visual narrative strategies move people with photos, video and more.

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Our futures now: Turning imagination into narrative power

Narrative Initiative connects futures and narrative to create power. This article describes why futures are important to narrative projects and how to use futures in your work.

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Constructing Gravity: Frameworks and tools for narrative change

Constructing Gravity is a series of Narrative Initiative articles sharing resources, tools and opportunities for reflecting on how to create, deploy, measure and improve narrative change.

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