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Stories Matter: 12 websites offering resources, learning and inspiration.

There are countless websites offering free resources and toolkits for organisations and individuals seeking to shift the narrative. As well as online publications telling stories to inspire and motivate. Here are 12 recommendations from SCCAN Story Weavers Kaska Hempel, Joana Avi-Lorie and Lesley Anne Rose. 

Resources and Toolkits 

1.     Stronger Stories 

Stronger Stories urge you to change your story and change the world. They offer a good set of resources for finding and crafting stories to drive social change. Their resources are based on marketing, but applicable in storytelling for change.

2. digital storytelling toolkit

350 fight for a better world beyond fossil fuels. Their website features helpful resources on how to find your own climate action story – either as an individual or organisation.

3.     Stories for Life

Inspired by the question “how do we tell the story of a new economy?, Stories for Life details how our stories can help redesign an economy in service to life.  Their site features some nice ideas for a powerful shift in framing re: systems change.

4.     The Centre for Story-based Strategy 

The Center for Story-based Strategy cultivates imagination spaces where story, grassroots leadership, organizing, and democracy are interwoven strategies to build power. Their site featured detailed resources on The Battle of Story and how to re-frame narratives of power.

5.     Wellbeing Economy Alliance 

The wellbeing economics resource pack re: shifting the narrative and new stories about the purpose of economy is a brilliant resource, especially the Stories for Life toolkit.

6.     Green Stories Project 

Green Stories competition has some useful fact-based resources on positive climate solutions for writers to include in stories.

7.     Good Energy: A playbook for screenwriting in the age of climate change

An open source digital guide to portraying climate change on-screen, including story inspiration, cheat sheets, character profiles, solutions and projections into the future.

8.     Project Drawdown 

Project Drawdown is a leading resource for Climate Solutions. Through their website you can learn more, find resources and be inspired to take action.

Reading and Inspiration

9.     Emergence Magazine 

The notes from the editors of Emergence Magazine starts with the statement that: “It has always been a radical act to share stories during dark times.”  Be inspired by the interviews, essays, articles and films.

10.  The All We Can Save Project

The All We Can Save Project has a mission to nurture the leaderful climate community we need for a life-giving future. Explore their website for a Read & Reflect programme.

11.  Yes!

Yes! magazine supports solutions journalism. There is host of stories online and back issues to browse through.

Including an issue dedicated to storytelling 

Storytelling issues

12.  International Institute for Environment and Development

IIED is an independent research organisation that delivers positive change on a global scale. Deep dive into the blog posts, news items and insights on their website to be inspired.

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