"Being the Story has an energy, intimacy and originality which makes it such a unique and valuable experience for all those taking part as well as all those in the audience."Marina Cantacuzino, The Forgiveness Project
#BeingTheStory is an annual immersive storytelling event featuring the powerful stories of inspirational individuals. Now in its third year, Being the Story provides a platform for people who don't normally have one, to inspire new ideas, challenge perceptions, ignite new organisational approaches and stimulate conversation on issues that need to be addressed. Think charity sector meets TedTalks.
Being the Story will take you to the heart of a wide range of social issues, and will demonstrate the power of storytelling as a catalyst for change. Whether you're a charity CEO, communications manager, or someone who wants to share your own story, the Friday 19 October event will inspire, move and motivate you. Storytelling is the most powerful tool an organisation has, explore how you can tell authentic stories to help you raise awareness, generate funds, influence policy, recruit volunteers and amplify your impact.
When: Friday 19 October, 9am-4pm
Where: Conway Hall, 25, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
In 2016 and 2017 collectively our events featured 20 thought provoking Talks and four dynamic live performances including a filmmaker, blogger, photojournalist, social entrepreneur, campaigner, and people with lived experience of everything from poverty to war. We'll be announcing our 2018 speakers soon!
This event is organised and curated by digital storytelling company sounddelivery. www.sounddelivery.org.uk
Why Being the Story matters?
Non-profits are trying to communicate in an increasingly crowded space. They want to reach supporters and decision-makers, to collectively make a difference. Stories are often the quickest way to build empathy and compassion. Yet, many lack the skills and confidence to be able to tell their stories in an impactful way. Organisations who work with vulnerable people or on sensitive issues find it even more challenging. Being the Story demonstrates the power of first-hand storytelling and showcases different creative methods to raise important issues.
Who is Being the Story for?
The Being the Story experience is for people working in or for the charity sector or socially minded individuals who are interested in the power of storytelling and the impact it can have to challenge prejudice, reframe narratives, raise awareness, engage supporters and generate funds. Delegates will include:
CEOs and senior management, Communications, digital, campaign and marketing staff, Funders, Fundraisers, "Service users" and expert citizens, Frontline / Outreach staff, Staff working in CSR for corporate organisations, Changemakers who want to develop the confidence to share their own personal story, and Journalists.
You will leave the event with:
» an understanding of the power of storytelling
» ideas for how to tell your organisation's story differently, with more authenticity, to build trust and to encourage supporters to take action
» inspiration about how to gather stories and find new creative ways to share them
» prompts to challenge your organisation's culture through new ideas
» confidence to share your own experiences, or support others to do so
» connections and potential future partnership
» inspiration –you may be challenged by what you hear, perhaps feeling angry or moved, but engaged and motivated.
"For me, it really drove home the power of people's voices and I'm now determined that quotes will always stay as pure to our supporters as possible. As a charity we can sometimes lose sight of their individuality in favour of inserting our own messaging." Natasha Pile Braintumour Research
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