Advocate Resources

Wired for Empathy: Why We Can’t Resist Good Narrative

Jack London’s Call of the Wild transports readers to the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, where sled dogs are in high demand. Image from <a href="https://myfavoritewesterns.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/the-call-of-the-wild.png"><span class="s1">myfavoritewesterns.com</span></a><span class="s2">.
Jack London’s Call of the Wild transports readers to the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, where sled dogs are in high demand. Image from myfavoritewesterns.com.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Stories make great advocacy tools. In a three-part blog series that launches with this post, school psychology graduate student Perry Firth explores how stories serve important functions in our day-to-day life, a reality that social justice advocates can harness for awareness raising and motivating public action. From the role of stories in social communication, to our brain’s response to compelling narrative, this series illuminates the “why” behind the human love of stories.

Infographic: How the Housing Trust Fund Helps End Homelessness

The Housing Trust Fund is our state's best tool for creating and maintaining affordable housing. A couple of years ago, we teamed up with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance to create an infographic explaining how the fund works. The graphic was such a good way to break down a complex issue that we decided to update it and bring it back this year! Check out version 2.0, and encourage your lawmakers to invest in affordable homes through the Housing Trust Fund.

Spark Change Podcast Episode 14: “Finding Our Way”

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We give background on how the "Finding Our Way" storytelling project was conceived and executed, including details about the participant recruiting process and our “listening parties.” We also walk you through the new StoryCorps section of our website, explaining features of the public page’s edited stories, and offering a sneak peek at the raw story archive, which is still under construction but will soon be available for advocacy partners to access.
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