“Stories we tell ourselves as a society”: Four key takeaways from the Future of Good Storytellers’ Summer Camp

Speakers shared practical tips for unearthing the narratives informing your work and telling stories that connect to your communities

Why It Matters

Every social purpose organization tells stories — whether they’re part of a communications plan or more unconscious narratives about their work. Changemakers can benefit from taking a closer look at these stories and asking whether they’re helpful or harmful, our speakers say.

Stories have immense power. And it’s not just books, television, and advertisements, but deeper, underlying narratives that are informing the way we all move about the world.

This is the message attendees heard at a recent Future of Good digital event on storytelling — the stories social impact organizations tell about themselves, about their communities, and about society. Speakers from various organizations and sectors shared how they use stories to make change, why it’s important to examine the subconscious narratives that shape their work, and more. 

Here’s a sample of what we heard:

Don’t underestimate the power of stories

Since 2019, Inspirit Foundation has focused its granting on what it calls narrative change — ”really the power of narrative to change everything,” said Sadia Zaman, CEO of Inspirit Foundatio

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