Grassroots Organizing — Storytelling Academy
October 26 – November 16, 2021
Through narrative and storytelling, we — as individuals, communities and nations — can learn how to make choices in response to the challenges of the uncertain world we live in. Narrative is how we communicate our values through stories, bringing alive the motivation we need for changing the world. Because it engages the head and the heart, narrative can instruct and inspire, not only teaching us about why we should act but also moving us to take action.
In this course, participants will learn the public narrative framework and will develop stories about why they are called to leadership (“story of self”), how their values are connected to the collective values of their communities (“story of us”), and what challenges to our values demand urgent action (“story of now”). They will also learn how to effectively coach and support others in developing and sharing their stories.
Who is this course for?
- Open to new things: Participants should be movement-focused people who want to learn a framework for storytelling that is rooted in grassroots organizing. We welcome folks who are organizers, campaigners, communicators and/or those who are just generally interested in the craft of storytelling.
- Relational & people-focused: Ideal participants are excited to build relationships, to invest in the leadership of others, and to continue telling stories to bring people together and move them towards action.
- Involved in movement work: We seek to support folks who are currently part of an organizing or community-building effort, or are seeking to build one alongside others they know.
- October 26th – November 16th
- Tuesdays, 6 – 8 pm ET
Thursday, October 7. Admissions decisions will be delivered by October 14th.
You’ll make a sliding scale contribution of $200 – $600.
We believe people with more wealth, privilege, and access to money—and who benefit from systems of oppression—should pay more.
If you work at an organization with more than 60 employees, please ask your employer to cover the full cost of this training. If there’s anything that would help you make the request, please let us know.
We know that this might be a new way of looking at things. Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.
Ideal applicants come from all walks of life — we welcome everyone from activists looking to deepen their skills, to complete beginners who are passionate about organizing. Here are some attributes shared by all our applicants:
Relational: We are interested in people who are curious and committed to working in collaboration with others. If you are interested in building power with your community, or in investigating innovative ways of bringing people together for social change, then you may be a good fit.
Organizing Insight: You don’t need to be a professional organizer but we’re looking for applicants with some experience doing organizing and/or community-building work on the ground. That work can be tied to grassroots, electoral, and/or issue organizing. We seek to support people who are currently part of an organizing/community-building effort or are seeking to develop one.
Dedication to Inclusive Politics and Intersectional Solutions: At re:power Fund, we center race, class, gender and sexuality across all our trainings – it’s part of our practice of inclusive politics. We encourage organizers to be open to new ideas regarding inclusive politics, especially from their fellow organizers who will reflect our diverse communities.
You will need a technological device capable of connecting to the Internet. Windows machines, Macs and Unix boxes all welcome. We will be using Zoom and request that whenever possible, you turn on the video function.
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.