“What is Public Narrative?” with Jake Schlachter

Monday, April 7th



Friends Meetinghouse (1704 Roberts Ct.)

Due to the NCAA championship game on Monday at 8:10pm, we’ve moved up our regular meeting time to 6:30pm in case the Badgers are playing.  We’ll gather for dinner at Pizza Brutta at 5:30pm.

Public Narrative is a technique of storytelling for grassroots organizers, developed by Marshall Ganz and the New Organizing Institute.  It’s through effectively telling our own personal story of why we are called to act that we are able to convey what motivates us, our values and our intentions.  (When we don’t do this effectively, we allow our opposition the chance to characterize our intentions for themselves.)

Through storytelling, we are able to frame an issue as an urgent problem to others, create hope to displace fear, engage our audience’s values, and create an opportunity for people to take action with us.  Stories move us to act.

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Jake Schlachter, an organizer with Let’s Co-op and a volunteer with 350-Madison, has been leading workshops in Public Narrative for the past two years and has helped hundreds of volunteer organizers practice the technique.  We hope you can join us on April 7th for an introduction to Public Narrative and a workshop on crafting our Story of Self.

Join us for dinner before the meeting, at 5:30pm at Pizza Brutta (1805 Monroe St.), for some socializing!

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