Each January, the Center for Civic Engagement hosts the Community Innovation Institute; a daylong event aimed at advancing community change and promoting collaboration. For 2022, the institute will be offered as a workshop series over the course of the spring semester. 

Register for this April session. Breakfast will be provided.

From corporate branding to academia, “storytelling” has become a widely-used powerful buzzword, but what does the word really mean and how can it play a role in policy creation? Sara Kate Baudhuin has spent the last four years studying this question through a self-designed major, “Storytelling as a Tool for Social Change.” Through her work with activist art groups in Charlotte and in local environmental issues in Durham, Sara Kate has gathered case studies of how specific modes of storytelling can directly impact policy and affect community change.

This collaborative session will explore the question: what is social change storytelling? By thinking through diverse narrative approaches, strategic outcomes, and ethical frameworks, our group will develop a set of best practices and takeaways to leverage the power of storytelling for social change.