Disrupting the Story Workshop, Manchester 23-24th May

A workshop on framing and story for anyone wanting a chance to dig into how can we take control of the narratives around our movements. Apply for Disrupting the Story here!

Language disrupts. bell hooks

The old stories— that told us things would only get better, that gender is binary and fixed, or that if we work hard, we’ll do well in life—have failed us. Our movements—the organisations, groups and individuals struggling for a more equitable, liberatory, sustainable world—are at the fore of creating new stories. But how can we do this most effectively?

Join us for a two-day workshop on story and framing in which we’ll dig deep into the stories that are blocking our way, and work to develop the ones that propel us forward.

When? 23rd & 24the May
Where? Manchester
How much? Free and subsidised places available (including travel bursaries); sliding scale for organisations up to £350.

Apply for Disrupting the Story

What will we do?

  • Explore why framing and narrative matters through the lens of the experiences of everyone in the room;
  • Map out the narratives around our movements, punctuated by examples drawn from your experience and from our work (such as looking at how the economy is currently framed in the UK and how LGBTI equality is framed in Europe);
  • Explore how to change the narrative through better processes, including through testing your messages.

Who’s this workshop for?

This workshop is for anybody organising for systemic change on issues of social, economic and environmental justice. We’re looking for people who want to learn and work with others around story and framing both in and across issues. This might be in a paid or an unpaid capacity as an organiser, activist, campaigner or in another role.

We’re committed to making this opportunity open to as many people as possible, and we have resource available—for travel, accommodation or childcare, for instance— to make sure this is the case. So if there’s anything you need in order to make this opportunity accessible to you, please let us know. And we’re also asking that if you or your organisation can afford it, paying for your place will help us to support others to attend.

If this sounds good, apply here by midnight on Sunday 29th April. 

If you want to know more, or you want to ask anything, just get in touch with Dora!

Apply for Disrupting the Story

What people have said about our previous workshops:

“PIRC are very knowledgeable and experienced in what they do. They were flexible and supportive throughout their work with us, putting on a day workshops tailored to us and our current work and providing support before and after the workshop day, which has been fundamental for our messaging.”  Liz Goodfellow, Sisters Uncut

“This day has really made it feel like we’re a national movement and not just a disparate group of activists”

“Inspiring AND practical…”

Through story, every culture defines itself and teaches its children how to be people and members of their people. Ursula le Guin

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