Brightest Minds: Paul VanDeCarr on Storytelling for Social Change

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
9:30am to 11:30am EDT
AARP Foundation
601 E Street NW
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According to Paul VanDeCarr, stories are more than a just a communications tool. Stories are a “fundamental aspect of human consciousness; they’re an essential part of how we think, feel, remember, imagine, and relate.”

Join us to hear from Paul, managing director and co-founder of Working Narratives and the author of “Storytelling & Social Change: A Strategy Guide for Grantmakers,” about how both grantmakers and grantees can harness the power of stories to bring about change on entrenched problems. This session will explore where the practice of storytelling for social change stands, provide outstanding examples of funders and their grantee partners’ effective use of storytelling, and explain the pitfalls to avoid.

Since 1995, Paul has worked as a writer and strategist for nonprofits in the areas of media, arts, and religion. He has authored and co-authored a number of publications that have strengthened the field of media activism. He has worked in diverse storytelling forms, including for playwright/actress Anna Deavere Smith and the Columbia Center for Oral History, and has trained nonprofit groups in storytelling and media production.

WRAG Members: Free
Non-Members: $45.

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