Certain stories are more likely than others to spark emotion and motivate people to take action. In this second part of our series on storytelling and empathy, Perry Firth takes us through fascinating research that explains why.
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.
The StoryCorps mobile app is an exciting new tool for recording and sharing meaningful conversations. We discuss ways the app can help social change organizations advance our work.
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.
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.