[act-ma] 11/10 Boston one-day story-based strategy training

Christy Pardew christy at riseup.net
Wed Oct 19 08:07:40 PDT 2011

Great one-day training in Boston coming up in November! The application 
deadline is this Friday by 5 pm. Apply here 
-- and read more below.

*Story-based Strategy: Framing and Narrative for
Social Change Makers*

        Frustrated with the current terms of the debate around your
        issue? Is the right wing meme machine getting you down? Do you
        want skills to change the story? Join us!

/*A one-day training for organizers, communicators & activists
Thursday, November 10
At the SEIU Building <http://www.seiu615.org/>, 26 West Street in 
Downtown Crossing
Application deadline: Friday, October 21 by 5 pm EST
Notification date: October 28

Apply now 

"Challenging, productive, practical."

"Excellently executed."

/"The most useful training I've ever been to."/

smart/Meme has trained over 4,000 activists since 2002 and collaborated 
and consulted with over 150 social change organizations to apply this 
framework to critical campaigns.By popular demand, we are offering a 
series of 1 day story-based strategy trainings for strategists, 
communicators, and organizers in cities around the country [San 
Francisco on December 14 and New York City on January 17].

Storytelling has always been a powerful tool for organizers and movement 
builders to name problems, unite constituencies, and mobilize people 
towards solutions. Story-based strategy links this traditional 
organizing technique with new strategy, training, and communications 
methods----like framing and branding---to give social change advocates 
the tools to hone their story, challenge prevailing cultural narratives, 
and ultimately win campaigns on the issues that affect all our lives.

*THE ONE DAY TRAININGS*offer a unique opportunity to learn basic 
story-based strategy skills such as framing, narrative power analysis, 
and effective message development. /smart/Meme's hands on, multimedia 
curriculum will help you integrate the power of storytelling into your 
organizing and campaign strategy. Included in the tuition of $250*, 
participants receive lunch, training materials, and a copy of 
smartMeme's bookRe:Imagining Change -- How to use story-based strategy 
to win campaigns, build movements, and change the world. 
<https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=199>Each of 
these workshops will run from 9:30AM-5PM.APPLY NOW 

*THE 2012*/*ADVANCED PRACTITIONER'S TRAINING*/will take place near 
Boston, MA at the beautifulEssex Conference Center and Retreat 
<http://www.eccr.com/>from_*April 15-19, 2012*_. Please save the date - 
Applications will be opened soon.

The Advanced Training is designed as a full immersion 5 day, 4 night 
residential experience. This training aims to grow the progressive 
movement's network of story-based strategy practitioners.The Advanced 
Training is for/smart/Meme training alumni or practitioners familiar 
with the story-based strategy approach, either from attending a training 
in the past or partnering directly with/smart/Meme through their 
organization. Folks with this experience will be prioritized when 
reviewing applications, but please apply if you feel this is the right 
training for you. Space is limited.

The Advanced Training provides deep exposure to/smart/Meme's story-based 
Strategy curriculum. Participants will learn how to integrate narrative 
power analysis into their campaign work and get hands on experience 
facilitating story-based strategy exercises. Intensive team-based 
simulations provide an opportunity to apply story-based strategy 
concepts to current issues and organizing challenges. This comfortable 
location, just north of Boston on the coast, offers a chance to shift 
gears and thinking.

Included in the tuition of $1500* is 4 nights lodging, delicious meals, 
and 4 days of intensive facilitated training on story-based strategy.

*/*Scholarships may be available for all trainings. Please do not 
hesitate to apply. We also offer discounts if multiple members of an 
organization want to attend. /*//

For more information contact:training at smartmeme.org 
<mailto:Danielle at smartmeme.org?subject=smartMeme%20Training>

/Smart/Meme's training work is made possible through the generous 
support of/smart/Meme's member donors*(LIKE YOU - Donate now!)* 
The Frances Fund, The UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, Ben & Jerry's 
Foundation, and the Levinson Foundation. THANK YOU!

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