“Storytelling and Social Change” guide

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Story guide cover jpegWHAT’S NEW: We’re working on a new and improved second edition of “Storytelling and Social Change” for an audience of nonprofits and activists. We’re taking the best ideas from the first edition, adding excellent new content, and putting it all in a streamlined publication that provides practical how-to guidance and worksheets on every step of social-change storytelling.  Expected release in Winter 2014.  Read below for information on the first edition, which is for grantmakers. 

STORYTELLING AND SOCIAL CHANGE: A STRATEGY GUIDE FOR GRANTMAKERS is the first comprehensive publication of its kind. Based on over 75 interviews with grantmakers, communications experts and storytellers of all sorts, the guide serves grantmakers interested in so-called “narrative strategies” for their funding and communications programs.

The guide looks at the recent history of storytelling and social change; reviews the theories of change behind this work; provides case studies of 10 projects and their funders; offers guidance on every stage of grantmaking; includes sidebar interviews and other features; and lists resources for additional exploration.

The guide also features a foreword by playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith, and an afterword from philanthropy expert Gara LaMarche. Activists, storytellers and others outside the field of philanthropy will find it useful as well.

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This project is supported in part by funding from the Brimstone Grant as administered by the National Storytelling Network. Many thanks also to the Nathan Cummings Foundation for support of this guide and of Working Narratives.

Story Guide Project Map

A map of projects profiled in case studies in "Storytelling and Social Change."