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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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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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Four Baskets identifies and explains the capacities needed for narrative change projects: Create, translate, deploy and observe together.

Four Baskets: Necessary capacities for narrative change

The Four Baskets hold capacities and processes needed to create, implement and continually strengthen narrative change projects. As they are filled, the Four Baskets (Create, Translate, Deploy and Observe Together) provide campaigners, communicators and leaders with a framework for doing narrative change.

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Waves: A model for deep narrative change

Waves is both a simple illustration and a model that unpacks the complex relationship between values, narratives and stories.

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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 Tech: Categories, needs and what’s next

How can we assess, categorize and prioritize the technologies that create, distribute and test narrative change? Together with dozens of artists, campaigners, communicators and technologists we’re identifying and evaluating the tech tools we have and need for narrative change.

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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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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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