Use EcoFaith Recovery’s materials from a three-part workshop series drawing on Marshall Ganz’s Public Narrative format by creating a story of Self – Us – Now. You’ll learn the craft of storytelling for organizing, have the space and opportunity to write your story with the support of experienced mentors, and have ample one-on-one practice in sharing your story. Use this material to run your own storytelling training or reach out to us for possible co-facilitation by emailing

EcoFaith Storytelling Training – Crafting Personal Stories to Support Organizing Efforts

“Stories not only teach us how to act – they inspire us to act. Stories communicate our values through the language of the heart, our emotions. And it is what we feel – our hopes, our cares, our obligations – not simply what we know that can inspire us with the courage to act.

– Marshall Ganz

We are at a pivotal time for our society as we witness systemic racial injustice, economic injustice exacerbated by pandemic and escalating violence. All of this with the backdrop of the climate crisis that disproportionately affects people of color and low income populations. It feels overwhelming with so many intersecting crises at this one moment. What can one person do in this moment?

A successful movement will require strong relationships to unite our political power, create a common vision and sustain our movement for the long struggle ahead. That is where our personal stories are vital. Authentically sharing our stories with other individuals, with community, or publicly, will help develop our relationships.

Your story has power. It can give people hope and mobilize them to act with you to make a real difference. Effectively crafting and telling your story as to why climate, racial justice and economic justice matter to you is a key aspect of organizing your community to take action towards a just society and a sustainable economy.

Workshop Overview

You will come out of this workshop series with a powerful three minute personal story, following the Self-Us-Now format, that you can use in service of campaigns you are working on now and in the future. Below you will find session videos as well as additional resources that include the training script & slides, Marshall Ganz Public Narrative Worksheet and more.

Session One will cover…
  • Why is storytelling important?
  • Models of effective stories
  • How-to Craft your Story of Self
Session two will cover…
  • Space to Practice One-on-One
  • How-to Craft your Story of Us and Now
  • Mentor writing support available
Session three will cover…
  • Putting it all together
  • Practice in sharing your complete story
  • Suggestions on Campaigns to Support with your New Powerful Tool

Session Videos

Addtional Resources

“Although setbacks of all kinds may discourage us, the grand, old process of storytelling puts us in touch with strengths we may have forgotten, with wisdom that has faded or disappeared, and with hopes that have fallen into darkness.” 

– Nancy Mellon