You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a colored symbolic "thinking hat." By mentally wearing and switching "hats," you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting.
When people connect to political issues through personal stories, they see them in a different way. They don’t just see democracy in the abstract, they see ‘my democracy.’ The transformative potential of storytelling is written into the fabric of our lives.
When primary care physician Suzanne Koven sees a patient with a sore throat, she begins by saying, “So tell me the whole story.”
Her colleagues might wince when she brings this up, feeling the pressure of cramming more responsibilities into overstuffed 15-minute appointments. But Koven believes that it actually saves time when patients tell their own stories in their own way.
Highlight a challenge and how your organization helped to overcome that challenge. Stories help elicit the empathy necessary to prime people to give. Keep the story short; focus on the drama as the characters struggle to meet the challenge.
Be creative with your storytellers by having the letter come from a donor, volunteer or program beneficiary. Research shows that donors are more likely to trust other donors or program beneficiaries because they are not seen as having a vested interest.
Understanding power for social change developed by Sussex University under John Gaventa
Barbara Ganley's insight:
Welcome to powercube.net – a resource for understanding power relations in efforts to bring about social change. Powercube.net contains practical and conceptual materials to help us think about how to respond to power relations within organisations and in wider social and political spaces. This resource is a collective effort, please contact us if you have something to contribute and share with others interested in power analysis.
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