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Empowering People with Criminal Records to Change Policy: A Legal Advocate’s Guide to Storytelling

Empowering People with Criminal Records to Change Policy: A Legal Advocate’s Guide to Storytelling

Date Posted: 
06/11/2018

Communications is about delivering information to people, but it is also about delivering results. In this day and age, storytelling is vital. Storytelling can mean providing someone’s story with permission, including aspects of their story for a narrative, or having someone tell his or her own story.

A good story can expose an injustice, help achieve an advocacy goal, or bring attention to an important cause. There are many reasons to share personal stories and do communications work, which includes newsletters, print and other news media, and social media. Messaging along with stories is much more powerful and memorable than using talking points alone, and together stories and substantive information can make powerful change.  Moreover, at its best, storytelling empowers the storytellers.  They become more involved in making change that will help themselves and others.

There are also potential downsides of storytelling, and pitfalls that you must watch out for. This guide discusses sensible practices for sharing client stories, and gives recommendations so you can achieve policy goals without harm to your clients.

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