Story Practitioner Atlee Presenting Free Personal-Branding Webinar Feb. 22

Story practitioner Cindy Atlee, a participant in my Q&A series, will co-present a free webinar this Friday, Feb. 22, at noon Eastern. The webinar is entitled “Becoming Known Well: Authentic Personal Branding for Professional Success, Fulfillment, and Contribution.”

“What authentic storyline lies at the core of your professional identity, strengths and values?” is the question asked on the page describing the webinar. “A Hero? A Jester? An Innocent? A Revolutionary?” The webinar will offer participants the opportunity to explore their storyline.

More from the site:

You don’t have to “get ahead” by being someone you’re not!

Did you know that your personal brand can help you avoid a work-life identity crisis – and succeed by being your best self at work every day?? Find more professional satisfaction and meaning no matter what you do? Help you become a more influential and inspiring leader? It’s true!

Becoming Known Well
Be more successful – for being who you are!

If you’ve ever felt you can’t be “the real you” at work, then you’re in the right place. The insightful personal-branding strategies we’ll teach you in this session will give you insights on how your authentic personal brand can change all that and has the power to:

    • create more purpose, passion and power in your work life
    • define who you are at your best
    • build a reputation for what matters most to you
    • naturally attract people to your ideas and initiatives
    • position you to make an impact
    • develop your true leadership presence and voice
    • better understand and lead others
    • control your professional destiny

5 authentic personal branding strategies for professional development and personal fulfillment

Join us in this complimentary webinar to learn the five strategies of authentic personal branding, including how to:

    • become known well
    • let purpose trump “charisma”
    • stay in character
    • take a stand
    • get to your “happy ending”

Start your professional journey into your authentic self and find out how your most fundamental uniqueness can contribute greater meaning and motivation to your worklife.

New Book on Why Our Evolution as Storytellers Matters

I just received notification of a new book, From Apes to Apps: How humans evolved as storytellers and why it matters, by anthropologist and a storyteller Trish Nicholson.

I haven’t read it, but it’s a low-risk investment since both Kindle and ebook versions are $2.99. I’m guessing it’s also very short since it’s part of a new “BiteSize Science” series.

From the book’s Web site: “One of the fascinations of science is the endless scope for reading between the lines to ask new questions and speculate on what might be – the ‘what if’ question beloved as much by scientists as story writers. This ebook draws on current research to pose an original perspective on the part played by stories in our human evolution. It casts storytelling in a dominant role in the development of our ancestors’ capacity to think, reason, imagine and relate to others – all the things that make us human. … From Apes to Apps reviews relevant research in psychology, archaeology, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology, to tell the tale of how we evolved with a brain function based on storytelling. And why does it matter? Because we are also primed to obey the stories we are told. This leaves us vulnerable in our new digital environment.”

And a bite-sized excerpt from the bite-sized book:

“In some respects, we are returning to the immediacy and malleability of oral traditions: stories mutated through different tellers and a plethora of listeners.

And yet, this freedom is more apparent – perhaps more virtual – than real. Larger presences making more noise with even better technology are also telling their stories, filling the air with narratives they want us to accept.”

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Update on 100 Storied Careers

Last summer, I announced plans for a complete revision of my Storied Careers: 40+ Story Practitioners Talk about Applied Storytelling ebook when I hit 100 Q and As.

I hit that mark and thought the revised book would be out in the fall. But life happens, and I have a tendency to take on too many projects.

In addition, I needed to contact the 100 practitioners with whom I’ve done Q&As to get permission to excerpt their responses in the new book. I even engaged the services of a crackerjack virtual assistant to line up those permissions. But 33 story practitioners still haven’t responded. I’m just now at the point where I can follow up with those I still haven’t heard from.

I think I learned my lesson about promising the book at a specific time, but I promise it will be available just as soon as I can make it so.

The updated book has been retitled 100 Storied Careers. In addition to other formats, I plan to format the book for Kindle since demand seems to be so great for that format (all formats except Kindle will be free; Amazon does not permit free Kindle books except at certain times. I will give the Kindle version the lowest price Amazon allows, which is $2.99).

If you’d like to be notified when 100 Storied Careers is ready, Email me, and I’ll put you on the notification list. Please also contact me if you’re one of the Q&A subjects, and you still haven’t given permission.

Q&A Participant Burnham Is Back with Book of Stories about Bicycling for Food

I’ve completed Q&A interviews with 100 story practitioners here on A Storied Career. Note that if you check these out, the formatting is kind of funky because I haven’t fully transferred them to my new WordPress platform. Also look soon for an update on my compilation of the 100 Q&As.

Recently, one of the interviewees, Kimberly Burnham, contacted me about the possibility of contributing to an anthology she’s doing on the theme of “Bicycling for Food.” I’m seriously considering contributing the story of my 2012 Summer Sunrise bike rides. I undertook them to take advantage of how early the sun rises in my northern latitude — to see and photograph incredible sunrises amid the beautiful scenery of Eastern Washington. They were also tied to food in that I was working on losing weight; interestingly, my weight loss slowed during the eight weeks of the bike rides because I wasn’t eating enough to sustain biking up the steep hills here, and my body went into survival mode. The photo shows my shadow at a mid-point in what was an eventual 85-lb. weight loss.

Here’s the story of Kimberly with a new Q&A about the book, and the accompanying biking project. Be sure to note the end of the Q&A if you have interest in contributing to the new anthology and be aware of the Feb. 10 deadline to let Kim know you want to contribute:

Known as The Nerve Whisperer, Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine)  is the author of  Our Fractal Nature, a Journey of Self-Discovery and Connection, Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open, and the forthcoming book, Harnessing the Placebo Effect, It Is Not What you Think, It Is What You Expect.

This spring she is editing an Amazon Kindle anthology, Bicycling for Food. and then setting off across the US with Hazon, a sustainable agriculture and food justice non-profit. If YOU would like to be one of the 30 or so authors in Bicycling for Food, contact Kim and share your story of how bicycling, the natural environment and food intersect in your life.

Read Kim’s earlier interview.

Why are you combining bicycling and food in your upcoming anthology, Bicycling For Food, Nourished by Beauty?

Obesity costs the United States roughly $150 billion dollars. Imagine if we could put that money towards feeding the 50 million Americans, including 16 million children, who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

Imagine if everyone who is overweight could exercise more, bicycle and enjoy the beauty of this country fully. Balancing food and exercise solves several serious problems.

Medical costs for people who are obese are $1,429 higher than those of normal weight and we are talking about 60 million Americans, 20 years and older who are obese.

Nearly 24 billion dollars will be spent on obesity related health issues in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan, four of the 14 states I will be riding my bicycle through, Summer 2013.

My grandfather died of diabetes. My uncle lost his leg to the disease shared by 18 million Americans. Avoiding their footsteps at age 55, I enjoyed a thousand shades of green in the Connecticut Berkshires in 2012, raising money for sustainable living with Hazon, which means Vision in Hebrew.

As I crested the last hill, my bicycle odometer read 53 miles. I never expected to be able to finish the ride. The experience unleashed my inner “I can do it” activist. Less than a month later, five pounds lighter, I rode 71 miles. Yes, I was sore but I could feel the brilliant beauty in my health and surroundings. Now, I can imagine long cross-USA days that begin with dipping my bicycle wheels in Seattle’s Pacific Ocean and setting off on a 3,300 mile journey to Washington, D.C., raising $10,000 and sharing magnificence with everyone I meet. To follow my 2013 summer bicycle ride visit this site.

I look forward to talking to people in towns like Lake Village, IN;  Xenia, OH; Coshocton, OH;  Ohiopyle, PA and Winchester, VA, as I ride my bicycle and take in the sensations and nourishing beauty of this country.

Who benefits from Sensational Medicine?

The aim of Sensational Medicine is healing the sensory system with new activities. You know the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But remember the second half?

“The fastest way to become an old dog? … Stop learning new tricks.” So this year learn something new, a new trick, observe a new sensation, or notice something old in a new way. These are the ways to improve your brain health, your nervous system function, and decrease your pain while improving the quality of your life and the way you move and contribute to your community. Do something unique today to feel better, accomplish your goals and bring a smile to your face.

Pick something up every day and notice the shape, color, texture, sound, taste, smell, temperature, and consistency. Notice how the parts make up the whole and how it is connected to its surroundings. How is it similar or different from the other things around you? What changes in you when you truly see your natural environment and the people around you.

This is an exercise that help you to see others, your connections and relationships while noticing your surroundings. Like bicycling, these activities connect you to the cycles and rhythms of life.

What is an easy exercise for cyclists to improve their vision?

I developed an easy exercise for vision improvement after seeing a pair of Nike goggle designed to speed up an athlete’s reaction times.

I call it: The Rhythm of Blinking

Do this for 2-5 minutes on your bicycle or while walking or even just sitting. Then notice how the colors around you pop more and edges seem clearer.

Blink your eyes while looking around. Look for a specific color, (ie) notice everything that is red in the area. Do this for a minute or so. Stop doing this exercise if as any point if feels unsafe.

Then repeat with a new question in your mind. For example, “What do I see that is round? or “How many people with blue clothes do I see?”

Notice what changed about your balance, your vision, the brightness of colors, etc. Write some notes.

The blinking exercises are like pushups for the eyes. You can hear more of my story and these exercises in my interview at the 2012 Consciousness Raising Summit.

What do you expect to see from your bicycle saddle this summer?

When I was eight years old, my father helped me catch a blue morpho butterfly in Colombia. Its iridescent wings were the most beautiful things I had ever seen. Later I became a professional photographer, then one day it all changed in an ophthalmologist’s office. In his white coat with impressive degrees on the wall, he told me I had a genetic condition of the eyes and that I should consider my life in case I become blind. He said, “Kim, it is genetic so there is nothing you can do.”

Fortunately I found my way to massage school, a profession where you don’t have to be able to see to practice. From there I learned acupressure, craniosacral therapy, nutrition, Matrix Energetics, and more and today at 55 have the best vision of my life.

I can almost imagine the colors, shapes and textures I will see as I ride through towns with image evoking names like Skykomish, WA; Soap Lake, WA;  Pinehurst, ID; Big Timber, MT;  Bowman, ND;  Lemmon, SD;  Hutchinson, MN; and Pepin, WI.

I have an undergraduate degree in zoology, and while my focus was aquatic and marine biology, I studied trees, birds, insects and wildlife management. I look forward to seeing hawks, pelicans, blue jays, as well as the stark black and white of magpies.

Who knows; I might even see a bear, a moose or a stonefly.

I will be posting pictures and describing the sensations I experience along the way. You can contribute a few dollar, sign up to ride with me or follow along on my Hazon page.

What is your interest in Parkinson’s Disease and bicycling?

In 2006, I completed my PhD in integrative medicine. My dissertation focused on the use of hands-on (Integrative Manual Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy) approaches to decrease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. I read through lots of research showing the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson’s. Exercise can decreases tremors, while improving stiffness and pain. It can help you sleep better, but there is something special about bicycling.

In 2011, Anke H. Snijders, MD, and colleagues published in the Journal of Movement Disorders, saying, “Patients with freezing of gait (FOG) have episodic problems with generating adequate steps. [Problems initiating and taking steps.] This phenomenon is both common and debilitating in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) or atypical parkinsonism. We recently presented a video case of a patient with longstanding Parkinson’s disease and severe freezing of gait, who showed a remarkably preserved ability to ride a bicycle.”*

A 2010 New York Times article entitled, “Cycling Provides a Break for Some With Parkinson’s,” described one man’s experience in this way, “We helped him mount the bike, gave him a little push, and he was gone, Dr. Bloem said. He rode, even making a U-turn, and was in perfect control, all his Parkinson’s symptoms gone. Yet the moment the man got off the bike, his symptoms returned. He froze immediately, unable to take a step.”

More recent research points to the possibility that not only does bicycling provide a break from symptoms but also delays deterioration.

I am currently working with a number of clients in my private practice who are maintaining quality of life or seeing improvements in their symptoms of Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

What should cyclists do if they want to participate in your upcoming book?

There is no cost to participate, and funds raised through anthology sales will be donated to Hazon, a non-profit serving people in the sustainable agriculture field and connecting people to where their food comes from.

The eBook will include 30 or so bicyclists, including Diana Black, author of The Organic Cyclist blog; Victoria Carmona of A Caring Touch Massage and Matrix Energetics; Adrienne Winton of Hazon Cross USA Program Director; Kathy Hansen, a Storied Career and initiator of Sunrise Bike Rides; and more. Please contact me if you are interested in participating.

Some of the topics and ideas that will come through in the book are: How bicycling and sustainable agriculture or food justice has changed my life. Bicycling helps me get out into the natural environment and helps connect me to the green world, farms and fresh fruits and vegetables. When I bicycle, I enjoy the beauty in the world, and become more conscious of my surroundings and the resources and opportunities I have available to me. Obesity and hunger are connected. What I see as beautiful I preserve, enjoy and keep safe for others in my community and the next generation.

The purpose of the book is to share stories that inspire readers to connect and preserve the natural environment, eat healthier and bicycle or exercise. Each story will share an individual’s experience as well as ways the reader can live a healthier life or steps they can take to ensure healthy food is available for generations to come.

For similar projects I have worked on, see my Amazon Author’s Page.

If you are interested in participating, let me know by Feb 10 or so and then send the following to theburnhamreview AT by May 15, 2013 (Publication on Amazon Kindle for June 2013).

    1. A well edited personal story 500-3000 words attached as a Word document.
    2. A 100-200 word bio with a weblink to your site or somewhere you want readers to go after reading your chapter. (each story will have the authors name under the title and the short bio and weblink at the end)
    3. Title the emails “Bicycling for Food eBook.”

I look forward to hearing your story and how you are changing the world.

*Snijders, A. H., I. Toni, et al., (2011). “Bicycling breaks the ice for freezers of gait.” Mov Disord 26(3): 367-371.

Worldwide Story Work Moves from Ning to Facebook

Back in December, Madelyn Blair sent a message to the 689 members of Worldwide Story Work noting that she and the other two administrators of the Ning group were contemplating moving the group to Facebook.

Ning, which began as a free platform on which users could create free social-media venues on a huge variety of niche topics, began charging fees to Ning-group creators a few years ago. As Madelyn reported in her email, Worldwide Story Work member contributions to cover the costs had not kept pace. From my observations, it seemed the group had also become less active than it used to be, possibly because members felt spread too thin with their social-media lives (too many venues to visit and interact with). Madelyn asked members for feedback on the possible move.

I wrote back to support the idea (Facebook is my primary social-media outlet) and found myself volunteering to help the group move.

Last weekend, I sent an email to all members informing them of the new incarnation of Worldwide Story Work on Facebook. I’m pleased that, as of this writing, more than 100 members have joined the Facebook group, including a few new folks who weren’t previously members of the Ning group. Lively activity seems to be under way.

You’ll find a wide variety of story practitioners and story appreciators in the group, and you’ll note no restrictions on membership. The group is described this way:

Worldwide Story Work is a community of story practitioners focused on the application of story-based techniques in organizational settings. … Connecting story practitioners wherever the are. This group is the successor to a Ning group of the same name.

I will be moving worthwhile content from the Ning group to the Facebook group. Anyone else who wants to save or download content from the Ning group should do so by Feb. 28, when the group will close down.

Whether or not you were a member of the Ning version of Worldwide Story Work, I hope you’ll consider joining us on Worldwide Story Work on Facebook.

On My Way Back …

After an absence that began in late September 2012, I am making my way back to this blog … in some fashion.

You’ll notice a bit of a re-design and a switch to the WordPress platform from Movable Type. Movable Type may be good enough for President Obama, but I’ve never found it intuitive or terribly easy to work with, and the commenting function has never worked properly.

I removed a lot of clutter from my sidebar and now have more navigation in the nav bar at the top of the page.

You’ll probably notice a few glitches, broken images, and broken links as I make the transition.

This is the third launch of A Storied Career. I launched the blog in 2005 and blogged infrequently. I re-launched with a redesign almost exactly five years ago and committed to blogging 7 days a week, a pledge I kept up with for at least four years.

I don’t yet have a clear vision for the focus of this relaunch (other than the WordPress switch/redesign). Here’s my current thinking:

  • A major focus will be my storytelling-related curations. I’ll call your attention to current thought-leadership and activity in the applied-storytelling world.
  • I will blog to announce timely applied-storytelling events.
  • When I come across an especially outstanding applied-storytelling resource that deserves more attention than a listing in the curations, I’ll tell you about it.
  • When I have time and the spirit moves me, I’ll writer longer, more analytical pieces that synthesize current thinking in the field.

Thrilled to be coming back. I’d love to know what you’d like to see.

New Year, New Project … and Re-Entry to this Blog?

The wonderful Madelyn Blair has asked me to spearhead a project that will get me back into the storytelling world after an absence of several months.

I’m hoping working on the project will also transport me to resuming and/or re-launching this blog.

I won’t say more about the project until I’m more into it (some of you may have guessed it upon reading Madelyn’s name), but will announce it soon as it will likely be of great interest to everyone who has read A Storied Career over the years.

I’m excited to be working on this important project and to return to the story world I’ve greatly missed. Watch this space as I dip my toes back in and let you know about the project and (probable) blog relaunch.

Boost Your Job Search by Learning to Tell Your Accomplishments Story

My new book, now available in Kindle format is You Are More Accomplished Than You Think: How to Brainstorm Your Achievements for Career and Life Success. I’m announcing it here because if offers many elements of job-search storytelling. Most statements about accomplishments, after all, are expressed in story form.

The book tackles the issue of brainstorming, tracking, communicating, and leveraging accomplishments so you can detail them in resumes and cover letters and articulate them in networking and interviewing. It contains a chapter filled with more than 200 prompts to help job-seekers and others identify accomplishments.

Career professionals have evangelized for years that accomplishments and results are at the heart of any successful effort to advance one’s career. Duties and responsibilities do not impress employers. (The “Current State of Performance Management and Career Development 2010” noted that when employers evaluate performance, almost two-thirds of them favor results over process.) Job-seekers and workers have been slow to grasp this message and still produce resumes, cover letters, and other communications that emphasize duties and responsibilities.

Career practitioner Rob Sullivan articulates this problem:

“I’ve been working with job hunters for more than 17 years. In that time, I have yet to meet anyone who can, within the first 45 minutes, clearly articulate their most compelling accomplishment as it relates to why a potential employer might hire them. This is a HUGE problem when you consider that most interviews are only about 45 minutes long.”

The reason most people don’t effectively communicate their accomplishments is usually pretty simple: they have no idea what they are. People might think they know, but they still miss a staggering number of opportunities to share their true capabilities.

Even when they do understand the importance of measurable accomplishments, job-seekers and workers have difficulty remembering, tracking, and articulating their accomplishments. When they find themselves unexpectedly in need of a new job, in a position to seek a raise or promotion, or preparing for a performance review, they often encounter difficulty in brainstorming the accomplishments they’ve accrued in current and past jobs because they haven’t recorded achievements as they occurred. As career guru Jason Alba puts it, “When you most need this information is the time you are least likely to recall it.” In addition, job-seekers face a psychological barrier – difficulty talking about what they’ve done in their jobs in a way that frames these activities as accomplishments.

While You Are More Accomplished Than You Think: How to Brainstorm Your Achievements for Career and Life Success is primarily aimed at helping readers mine their accomplishments in job-search and career situations, it also strives to assist them in boosting their self-esteem and setting goals by recognizing achievements in all aspects of their lives. Entrepreneurs out to win new clients will also find valuable guidance in the book. Here are some scenarios in which readers would find this book useful:

  • Jeff just learned his company is downsizing, and he will be losing his job in a few weeks. He knows he needs to update his resume and prepare for interviews. The last time he was in this position was a nightmare; Jeff found it extremely hard to remember everything he’d achieved in the job he was in at the time. His resume was substandard as a result, and his job search took much longer than he felt it should have. This time, he is confident because he has read this book.
  • Danielle has decided after considerable agonizing that it’s time to ask her boss for a raise. She is determined to arm herself with a solid set of bullet points outlining her contribution to the company. That’s easy for her to come up with because she has been tracking her accomplishments – complete with metrics ­- the way she learned to do in this book, including documenting revenue earned for the firm, money saved, client relationships cultivated, and problems solved.
  • Trudy set a number of goals for herself – things she wanted to accomplish over a year’s time. The year is almost up, and she wants to see how well she has done with meeting her goals. With the help of this book, she’s all set to go.
  • Meredith is trying to start a small business and must present a proposal to venture capitalists to get the funding she needs. These firms want to know what Meredith has already accomplished that qualifies her to launch her dream business. Through this book, she has learned to uncover the achievements that will help her sell her qualifications to her would-be backers.

Buy Kindle Version now.

How Storytelling Generates The “Power of We:” Blog Action Day 2012, #powerofwe

For the fifth year, I’m participating in Blog Action Day; the theme this year is “The Power of We.” It’s about growing movements of people working together for positive social change.

From the Blog Action Day organizers:

Whether using digital tools like blogs, social networks and mobiles, or meeting face to face in local community halls, neighbours house, andpublic streets. Greater numbers of people have been coming together to make change, either for their own communities or the world at large. … we see The Power of We as a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world.

I’ve never found it difficult to tie in story and storytelling to the Blog Action Day themes, and “the power of we” is especially easy. You can check out my Links to Social-Change Story Initiatives and Resources for more.

I’ve seen and reported on countless examples in which stories are collected and shared to create social change. Here are just a few that I’ve come across in the past year:

    • StoryLab (see pilot projects at that link) is an initiative of the Center for Digital Storytelling, a “hub for innovation with a big aim: to radically improve public conversation in the U.S. and around the world. Everybody talks about it, but CDS actually knows how to do it. To change the world, you first have to change the story.”
    • Social media is perhaps one of the most powerful representations of the “power of we” of our times, and venues like Facebook Stories collect these narratives. 6 stories of life-changing social media connections is another source of stories of how social-media connects us, inspires the “power of we”, and changes lives and the world.
    • Co-Creative Communities: Forum and Lab/Storytelling Futures for Community Arts and Media is a conference next month (Nov. 8-9) in Queensland, Australia, about “collaborative media production practices that have emerged at the intersection of community-based media, arts and cultural development, and which have fundamentally different methods and values from more professional or commerical examples of participatory media. They actively encourage social learning and ‘bottom up’ participation through creative expression and storytelling.” Among the conference activities, leading researchers, practitioners, and activists will discuss models and best-practice principles for working with communities to help tell their stories and create positive change.
    • WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human  rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.
    • My Networked Life: is a documentary-style video series that takes viewers around the world for a look at how young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and students are using connected technology to achieve goals and realize dreams. “These stories are personal, they are real and they are powerful,” the site says. Social change may be arguable here, especially because Cisco is behind the site, but the “power of we” here is the power of stories to inspire.

  • A story from this year that generated enormous “power of we” was that of Caine’s Arcade, which I wrote about here. The story of the cardboard arcade made by 9-year-old Caine Monroy inspired children and adults everywhere to build their own arcades The story of Caine generated the Global Cardboard Challenge, inviting the world to play while raising funds to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in kids, as well as the Imagination Foundation, established to find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids. Caine’s story shows that sometimes a single story inspires hundreds of others (while many of these other initiatives comprise collective stories that inspire individuals).
  • With stunning design and technology, Faces of Drunk Driving tells and collects stories of drunk drivers in the hope of saving lives.
    • The site of the GlobalGiving Storytelling Program says the organization has learned “that one of the best ways we can contribute to social change is to develop better feedback loops.” The organization is committed to finding better ways for stakeholder voices to be heard in the development process. With initial funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Storytelling Project is an experiment in collecting community feedback. GlobalGiving has started by recording thousands of stories told by people from areas where GlobalGiving partners work.” The site offers resources for collecting stories in local communities, as well as other ways to get involved and donate.
  • Earlier this year when the Komen Foundation momentarily defunded Planned Parenthood breast-cancer screenings, sites sprang up like Planned Parenthood Saved My Life (not affiliated with Planned Parenthood) to show the value of the reproductive-health organization, not just regarding breast concur, but also its other services. This one “posts stories of women whose lives were saved or changed because they had access to affordable health care like cancer screenings through Planned Parenthood.”
  • Similarly, sites like one from the National Women’s Law Center share and collect stories of people positively impacted by the Affordable care Act (so-called Obamacare). In fairness, at least one site collects negative stories; however, at the one I saw, only positive stories are posted.

Bottom line: Want to generate the “power of we?” Want to inspire people to work together for positive social change? Tell stories.