In this dynamic discussion, described as a "master class on narrative" from the 2021 Collective Impact Action Summit. Melody Barnes (Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions) leads a conversation on the importance and power of narrative in collective social change efforts.

Joining Melody are Crystal Echo Hawk (IllumiNative), Rashad Robinson (Color of Change), and Nayantara Sen (Real Food Real Stories.) Before the discussion, Seattle poet, organizer, and attorney Troy Osaki performs the poem, "In the New World We Laugh and This Time We Mean It.”

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Resources and Footnotes

Troy Osaki

Video and Transcript: The Role of Narrative Change in Collective Action (Collective Impact Forum)

Building Narrative Power (Color of Change)

IllumiNative Insights and Actions Guide (IllumiNative)

Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy (The Culture Group)

Cultural Strategy: An Introduction and Primer  (Art/Work Practice and Power California)

Stolen Land, Stolen Bodies, and Stolen Stories (Stanford Social Innovation Review)


The Intro music, entitled “Running,” was composed by Rafael Krux, and can be found here and is licensed under CC: By 4.0. The outro music, entitled “Deliberate Thought,” was composed by Kevin Macleod. Licensed under CC: By.

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