Start Making Sense: A Working Convening on Technologies of Narrative Change


Civic Hall

118 West 22nd Street #12th Fl, New York, NY 10011

New York, NY, US, 10011

Narrative Initiative and Forums @ Civic Hall invite you to participate in an all-day convening on technologies of narrative change. This all-day, invite-only convening on September 7th follows a public event on narrative change in the digital age the evening of September 6th (a separate Eventbrite is forthcoming and the link will be posted here).

Rashad Robinson of Color of Change has written that “narrative power is the ability to change the norms and rules our society lives by” and that “narrative infrastructure is the set of systems we maintain in order to do that reliably over time.” Increasingly, those systems require the use of a diverse set of technologies.

In that spirit, this all-day convening aims to help figure out the best uses of tech for narrative change. Our goal is to begin to give some definition to those uses, offer some mapping of the tools and actors already on the playing field, and connect technologists and practitioners (like you) to each other.

We are in an emergent moment for the practice of narrative change organizing, a practice with a long lineage. Many people and organizations are exploring how to  counter dominant narratives that enforce the status quo, and proliferate narratives grounded in equity, inclusion, and liberation. In that process, they are experimenting with existing and new technologies that work to help baseline, listen to, test, create, align, organize and respond to media and online discourse at scale.

The agenda will be updated here as it comes together, based in part off of the attendees themselves. Please RSVP as soon as you’re able.  Space is limited! Please note that food and beverage will be provided throughout the day and your dietary needs and restrictions should be noted in your registration.

Expect to have active communication with the Narrative Initiative and Civic Hall teams as they put together the schedule. We are particularly interested in case studies of how practitioners have uniquely used technologies for narrative change, ideas for other participants, and any other needs we might be missing.