2023 Storytelling Strategy to Fight Disinformation
Deadline for Applications is March 15.
The cost for this training is $300
Whether you work on issue campaigns or electoral contests, the insidious and divisive effects of political disinformation have huge implications for your work and the communities you serve. Organized efforts to mislead and manipulate people on nearly every major issue — from climate change to pandemic response to voting rights to reproductive justice and beyond — is one of the biggest collective challenges we face. But simply exposing or “debunking” disinformation doesn’t make it go away. Indeed, many progressives’ habitual responses to disinformation campaigns actively make the problem worse. Fortunately, that means we have considerable power to fix this.
We have everything we need to defeat disinformation— if we develop the strategic mindset and discipline needed to embed inoculation tactics within every aspect of our campaigning, especially our external communications. In this practical, interactive two-day training designed for progressive communicators and policy advocates, we’ll explore and address:
How disinformation intersects with other forms of political manipulation to undermine our advocacy and our communities’ overall well-being
How bad actors weaponize our good intentions against us – and what we can do about it
How values-driven messaging & storytelling strategies help neutralize disinformation in the short-term and inoculate our communities over the long-term
How to integrate (and/or improve upon) strategic messaging and storytelling efforts within our current communications and advocacy campaigns.
The target audience for this training are Progressive Communicators and Advocates
Sabrina Joy Stevens
Sabrina Joy Stevens is a storyteller and movement-builder who has spent the last 20 years organizing and advocating for human and civil rights. Over the past decade, she has served as an accomplished communications and issue campaign strategist for several of the country’s leading labor and civil rights organizations. She recently launched Sabijoy Creative Solutions, a boutique social change consultancy dedicated to cultivating joy and courage for personal and collective liberation. Her words and work on issues related to power, identity, and democracy have appeared in a range of outlets, including MSNBC, The Washington Post, Sirius XM Progress, TIME.com, CNN.com, Education Week, The American Prospect, The Hill, Roll Call, and more.
Our goal is to train the next generation of progressive digital trainers across the country and we are committed to bringing together a cohort that represents everyone in our progressive movement without regard for race, national origin, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or parental status.
A limited number of scholarships are available for this training. Please apply by March 31, we will notify recipients by April 5. Please note you must fill out the full application for the training itself as well.