Learn about our current and upcoming dialogues, and explore this month's feature tactics and resources.

Join our conversation on harnessing the power of narrative, this week!

Join the Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) and the New Tactics community for an online conversation on Change the Story: Harnessing the power of narrative for social change from October 14 to 18!

People and communities use stories to understand the world and our place in it. These stories are embedded with power - the power to explain and justify the status quo as well as the power to make change imaginable and urgent. A narrative analysis of power encourages us to ask: Which stories define cultural norms? Where did these stories come from? Whose stories were ignored or erased to create these norms? And, most urgently, what new stories can we tell to help create the world we desire?

This conversation is an opportunity for human rights defenders to learn more about story-based strategy and how to integrate it into campaign planning. This is also an opportunity for those practitioners using story-based strategy to share their experiences, questions, and ideas with each other.

We're thrilled to have such an enthusiastic group of practitioners to lead this conversation:
  • Danielle Coates-Connor (Conversation Facilitator) of the Center for Story-based Strategy
  • Nathan Schneider of Waging Nonviolence
  • Jen Soriano of Lionswrite Communications
  • Kathleen Pequeño of the Progressive Communicators Network
  • Nadia Khastaqir of the Design Action Collective
  • Kristi Rendahl of the Center for Victims of Torture
  • Lama Sangye and Justin Von Bujdoss of the New York Tsurphu Goshir Dharma Center
  • Chris Cavanagh of the Catalyst Centre
  • Dr. Cara Lisa Berg Powers of Press Pass TV
  • Laura Revels, Digital Storytelling Trainer
  • Shreya Atrey, practitioner
Join us all week for this important online exchange!

For help on how to participate, visit these instructions. If you get stuck, contact me! I'm here to help.

Our conversation series on tactics for building awareness

This month's conversation on the power of narrative is the second of a three-part series on building awareness. In September, we hosted a great conversation on Media Tactics for Social Change. A summary of the exchange is now posted on the conversation page. Thank you to all of those who contributed to the discussion and a special thank you to Holly Hammond of Plan to Win for her excellent facilitation of the conversation!

In November, we'll be hosting a conversation on Visualizing Information for Advocacy, in partnership with Tactical Technology Collective. If you are interested in helping to lead this conversation, please contact me!

 

See you in the conversation!

-- Kristin Antin, New Tactics Online Community Builder
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New Tactics in Human Rights helps human rights defenders work more effectively so they can achieve their goals and better address human rights violations around the world. New Tactics is a program of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). CVT works to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and their communities and to stop torture worldwide. New Tactics supports this work by strengthening the culture of human rights and the ability of human rights defenders to more effectively advance and advocate for human rights.
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