Personal Storytelling for Social Change

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
PRX Podcast Garage
267 Western Avenue
MA 02134
PRX Podcast Garage

This workshop is co-presented by the PRX Podcast Garage and EMW Bookstore.

What if your story could change the world?

When it comes to creating social change, we imagine that only front leaders of huge organizations with big budgets can make a difference. It feels like we can’t do much more than sport a Livestrong bracelet or tweet #BlackLivesMatter.

What if we told you the most influential tool you can use to incite change is something you already owned? When it comes to inspiring action and harnessing momentum, storytelling is a key tool in shaping how people understand the world. Whether we’re rallying, attending a conference, or sitting in a classroom, we have opportunities to share our personal narratives.

Join us for this 6-hour workshop where you’ll:

-learn how to analyze and construct strategic stories using Story-Based Strategy
-learn how to use your personal story to strategically undermine dominant narratives
-workshop and practice telling your personal story
-walk away with a professionally-recorded audio story about your life that you can use however you want

This workshop is partnered with EMW Community Space and all participants will be invited to share their story during the August East Meets Words Open Mic on Friday, August 11, 2017.


To ensure a diverse, motivated classroom, we’re requiring potential students to fill out this short application. Registration is rolling – apply by July 30th to secure your spot!


Apply before July 16th, 2017 at 5:00pm EST: $45
Apply after July 16th at 5:00pm EST: $55

About the instructor:

Lawrence Barriner II is a communications strategist, connector, and systems thinker. His current work includes communications and narrative strategy at the Community Innovators Lab at MIT, serving as Executive Editor of the blog CoLab Radio, and running a coaching practice. Learn more about Lawrence on his Now page or at his website.