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Nonprofit Sustainability Through the Art of Storytelling
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Q&A with a Story Guru: Patrick Reinsborough Part 5: Too Many Contemporary Uses of Storytelling are Coercive, Destructive, Pathological - A Storied Career

Q&A with a Story Guru: Patrick Reinsborough Part 5: Too Many Contemporary Uses of Storytelling are Coercive, Destructive, Pathological - A Storied Career | Storytelling for Nonprofits | Scoop.it
Q: Are there any current uses of storytelling that repel you or that you feel are inappropriate?

A: Tragically far too many of the contemporary uses of storytelling are not only inappropriate, but downright coercive, destructive, and pathological. Currently, many of the best storytellers and image-crafters in our culture are hired guns that sell us an imagined vision of ourselves, complete with the appropriate brand of carbonated beverage, designer jeans, or suitably inspirational political candidate.
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Q&A with a Story Guru: Patrick Reinsborough Part 3: Book Gives Momentum to Harnessing Power of Narrative

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Q: What kind of response have you had to your book Re:Imagining Change?

A: The response has been really fantastic. The book has been out for a little over a year, and it’s now on its second printing. . . . It’s helped advanced the discussions around narrative and framing to include a more refined sense of power and how to apply a narrative power analysis to social-justice campaigns.
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Q&A with a Story Guru: Patrick Reinsborough Part 1: Injecting New Ideas into the Culture Through Story-Based Strategy

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I learned of Patrick Reinsborough when I learned of his organization smartMeme earlier this year and wrote about it. I’m intrigued by the organization’s work and Patrick’s book co-authored with his partner, Re:Imagining Change — How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World. Patrick’s partner, Doyle Canning, also has been invited to participate in a Q&A. This Q&A will run over the next six days.
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Q&A with a Story Guru: Patrick Reinsborough Part 4: Society's Guiding Meta-Narratives Need to Shift

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Q: The storytelling movement seems to be growing explosively. Why now? What is it about this moment in human history and culture that makes storytelling so resonant with so many people right now?

A: I think storytelling and narrative are core to the human experience and have always been at the center of culture. However now I think we’re experiencing a growing interesting in story because there is increasingly recognition that many of the dominant meta-narratives that have been guiding our society need to shift.
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Q&A with a Story Guru: Patrick Reinsborough Part 2: Helping Progressive Movements Communicate Compelling Stories

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smartMeme's Founding Story:

SmartMeme began as a three-day training exploring strategies for building a transformative, earth-centered social movement in a North American context. The founding collective brought together a number of people who were veterans of different social movements — fighting to protect the environment, stop wars, organizing for racial and economic justice.

We all shared a common analysis of the need for fundamental change in the direction of our society but brought very different skills to the table. My background was as a grassroots organizer, campaigner and direct action strategist.

The other founders included an advertiser, a filmmaker and a forest ecologist turned international finance campaigner. As the project evolved we were fortune to add a fifth person to our collective — a teacher who had decided to work as an educator in social movements rather than in a traditional class room setting. . . .
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