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Storytelling and the Future of Advocacy in the 21st Century

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Good stories do not get told through serendipity alone – it takes care and investment to build a pipeline and a process for powerful effect.

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Civil society and advocacy groups continue to explore the potential of digital tools and platforms, and to navigate the risks that the digital world presents. As organizations, activists and donors confront this complicated opportunity, how should we use digital spaces to tell powerful stories that change minds and demonstrate impact? In many contexts, older technologies such as radio and print can still be the most appropriate and persuasive vehicles for storytelling. And in many donor-funded projects, the truest story may not include the impact the funder was expecting.

How do we balance these digital opportunities with the need to speak authentically and to localize the stories we tell? These are some of the questions motivating a conversation being hosted by the Open Gov Hub, Transparency and Accountability Initiative donor collaborative, and Accountability Lab. Our intent is to provide a space for colleagues working to support open governance and a variety of development goals, to compare notes, find inspiration and explore the challenges for storytelling and advocacy in a world of narrative bubbles, disinformation campaigns and short attention spans.

Join us for a series of 5-minute Lightning talks about creative efforts to use storytelling as a tool for advocacy, then small group discussion. Lightning talk presenters include Cheri-Leigh Erasmus from Accountability Lab, Nada Zohdy from the OpenGov Hub, Michael Silberman from MobLab, and David Devlin-Foltz of the Aspen Institute's Planning and Evaluation Program.

Here are the framing questions that will guide the event:

Since CSOs use stories to persuade and also to capture impacts, what approaches are they using and what challenges do they face? How do digital technologies factor in? What capacities do CSOs need to build in order to be able to harness storytelling approaches and be effective advocates given today's technological and political climate?

This discussion is one in a global series being organized in partnership with the World Economic Forum as they explore of the future of advocacy under a new initiative, "Preparing Civil Society for the Fourth Industrial Revolution."

See you on November 21st. Lunch will be served!

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