Story as Magic, Story as Tool: Collectively Crafting your Organization’s Story

Story is our most versatile organizational building block. It allows us to transform vision, need or opportunity into actions, strategies and objectives. When we approach a nonprofit organization as an unfolding story, we gain access to the most dynamic elements of the institution.

Each of us knows when we hear a story told well, or when we witness others being moved by a powerful story. This workshop will serve as a point of entry to crafting compelling stories for each of our organizations. The workshop is designed for nonprofit leaders who wish utilize the tools of story to engage and mobilize partners, team members, volunteers and donors.

Mark SimonJoin Mark Simon, principal consultant at Storywalkers Consulting Group. As an educator, consultant, writer and storyteller with more than 20 years of experience in social service, government, education, and faith-based organizations, Mark has helped small grassroots non-profits as well as large public agencies raise money, clarify vision and articulate key pieces of their story. He is adept with board and staff teams as well as with large-scale community-needs assessments.

This workshop is designed for organizations to bring multiple members including staff, board, even key volunteers.

The morning together will be entirely participatory and hands on. We will explore how story is arguably the most universal element of human culture and dabble in the magic ways that story binds, unites and engages people. Organizational teams will collaborate to identify and convey the story of what you do, why you do it and how others can help your organization succeed. By the close of the workshop you will walk away with tools and strategies that can be utilized immediately across your organization.

Presenter: Mark Simon
 Friday,  April 26th, 2013, 8:30am–12:30pm