While statistics and fact sheets are powerful tools, a personal story really has the power to transform a policymaker’s perspective and inspire them to make a difference. Last summer, RESULTS launched our Experts on Poverty project, bringing a cohort of fifteen participants to Washington for training on telling their own stories in various advocacy settings. They have been working hard to share their own critically important perspectives on nutrition programs and poverty in America back home in the media, with elected officials, and in community events with tremendous success. This session will share some of the best practices from the Experts on Poverty as participants develop their own story using the Self/Us/Now framework for conversation with politicians, the media, and in community outreach. We’ll also review how to adapt your advocacy pitch for brief opportunities using a “laser talk” – perfect for those heading to Capitol Hill.
- Meredith Dodson, RESULTS