Interact with the Agenda: Storytelling Deep Dive

Agenda Anchor Sam Dorman developed an innovative agenda for WOC11, grounded in conversations about the big themes in our space. Read the entire agenda outline here.

In the community spirit of Web of Change, we want to start having these conversations now, before the event begins, and with members of our community who can't make it to Hollyhock this year.

So we're experimenting a bit: breaking up the agenda themes into separate posts, seeding it with the comments from the WOC11 Fellows and other members of our community, and inviting you to weigh in.

First up: Storytelling. Here's what the Fellows had to say:  

There's a process of people discovering their story.  They know their story because they lived it, but it's about working together to structure a visual narrative that uses their experience as a powerful organizing tool. The visuals of the narrative compel others to take action based on values they share with you.

— Juan Rodriguez, Florida Immigrant Coalition, WOC 2011 Fellow

We all know we need to tell better stories. But too often that process feels like magic or just innate skill. What we need is a coherent strategy for discovering the story behind the passionate work we do. That strategy is what I've been building and am excited to share.

— Jonah Sachs, Free Range Studios, WOC 2011 Fellow

We have to tell stories here.  We're going to do that.  But you still don’t see that many great deep story campaigns. Let’s talk about what a great story looks and feels like.

— Jake Brewer, Fission Strategy, WOC 2011 Fellow

Now your turn: what do you think?  How are we, as a sector, using storytelling well to change the world? How could we do better?  What's rockin' and what's missing? 

Add your voice in the comments.