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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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Narrative and COVID-19: Resources and reading lists

The Coronavirus pandemic is shaping (and being shaped by) narratives. These articles, essays, ideas and research offer guidance and insights into narrative change strategy in the context of COVID-19.

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Solidarity with Essential Workers by Melanie Cervantes.

Making meaning in a global pandemic

This is a moment when deep narratives are breaking down and being rebuilt. Here are four ideas for approaching narrative strategy now so that together we may weave together an equitable, healthy and just fabric – one strong enough to hold all of us.

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Narrative change in 2019

Deep narratives are built upon deep connections between people. Narrative is a thing (and narrative change is a practice). Deep narrative change needs deep values. Narrative Initiative exists to catalyze durable narrative change so we may make equity and justice common sense. We do that by connecting people and organizations, amplifying promising methods and novel…

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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 research: Access, methods and pathways to a stronger field

Successful narrative change projects require practitioners to know what strategies work. When to use them. Who their audience is. That takes research and data analysis, message testing and training. It means sharing what we learn with partners both old and new. It also means breaking down silos and pushing the capacity to test, analyze and…

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Start Making Sense: Narrative Tech convening at Civic Hall, September 2019

Decoding Narrative Technology

Narrative tech: What is it? What do we have? What do we need? And why does it matter? Takeaways from the Start Making Sense convening in September, 2019.

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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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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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