Our workshops are one-of-a-kind learning experiences that delivers the best tools and thinking to amplify the impact of organizing for social justice with the power of story. Our workshops provide participants with comprehensive frameworks to create more holistic social change narratives, while integrating messaging and storytelling with solid grassroots organizing and effective campaigning.

We also have a new Community Leadership Program that uses participatory leadership theory and experiential learning modes, which builds skills and awareness that enable individuals and organisations to navigate complexity and change within social justice projects and broader social change campaigns.

Strategic Storytelling for Social Change

This workshop is two full days of advanced strategic storytelling training

The Advanced Training IS: An intense training exclusively focused on Sparks story-based methodology for movement building.

The Advanced Training IS NOT: A media 101 training. An organizing 101 training. An anti-oppression training. A messaging consultation for your organization. An introduction to story-based strategy.

Strategic storytelling is a practice of leadership – inviting others to join us in a shared social change purpose in the face of uncertainty – requires engaging the heart, the head, and the hands and feet: motivation, strategy, and action. This strategy can be used to access the emotional resources needed to respond mindfully by mobilising hope over fear, empathy over alienation, and self-worth over self-doubt. Learn how to tell a “story of self” that can communicate the values that explain why they have been called to lead; a “story of us” that brings alive values their community shares; and a “story of change” of the urgent challenge to those values that requires action. This articulation of the relationship of self, other, and action is also at the core of the Sparking Change strategic storytelling methodology.

Upcoming workshops 

All upcoming workshops can be found and booked via our calendar + booking page

We will be hosting the Strategic Storytelling for Social Change workshops in Melbourne twice a year.

Contact us to talk about hosting them in your organisation or community.

Costs

Our two day workshops costs $375.00 pp to attend.

Scholarship positions

We do have two scholarship positions for each workshop. One for a general person who can’t otherwise afford to attend, and one  for a First Nation Australian. For more information please read our scholarships program here.

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July 2018

Melody Sequeira sharing her experience of the leadership program

Story Based Strategy For Campaigning
Two day workshop on Story Based Strategy for Campaigning

The Advanced Training IS: An intense training  exclusively focused on a story-based strategy methodology and model of narrative and campaign development for movement organizations and alliances.

The Advanced Training IS NOT: A media 101 training. An organizing 101 training. An anti-oppression training. A messaging consultation for your organization. An introduction to story-based strategy.

This workshop is dedicated to exploring a story-based strategy campaign model. Understand narrative power analysis, explore the elements of story to deconstruct the stories we want to change as well as to construct the stories we want to tell. Practice the battle of the story method for creating social change narratives and messages, and explore the points of intervention model with a focus on action at the point of assumption as a means of shifting narratives.

Upcoming workshops 

All upcoming workshops can be found and booked via our calendar + booking page

Contact us to talk about hosting them in your organisation or community.

Costs

Our two day workshops costs $375.00 pp to attend.

Scholarship positions

We do have two scholarship positions for each workshop. One for a general person who can’t otherwise afford to attend, and one  for a First Nation Australian. For more information please read our scholarships program here.

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November 2018

Scholarship Overview
Sparking Change is a social enterprises – a business that trades to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, and help the environment. We take this really seriously, we really want to change the world. So.. we decided to give two free spots to the community workshops we run.
One spot is for a person who can’t participate due to financial hardship
One spot is specifically for a Indigenous Australian
What we are looking for in a Sparks scholarship recipient

I often get asked what we’re looking for in a Sparks change maker. The short answer is someone who will get the most out of the training we offer!

A longer answer would be someone who has:

  • A clear understanding of what you think you will get out of a Sparks workshop and some idea of what you will do with this.
  • Some campaigning experience – campaigning means many different things to different people. But if you are working to change something in the world, at whatever scale, chances are you are doing some campaigning of some sort.
  • An understanding of the bigger picture – how does your campaigning fit into the wider fight for a more just society?
  • Passion and commitment.

We prioritise people from from communities most impacted by injustice (for example, those from low-income/working class backgrounds, people of colour, LGBTQ+ people, migrants, people with disabilities) as well as those who campaign on issues that affect them or the communities they are from. This is because:

  • We think these groups are less likely to have access to great trainings like ours!
  • We believe that the best communities are formed when difference is embraced.
  • Campaigning works best when those on the frontlines of an issue are the ones to decide how to confront it.
Guide to the application process
For each question we have set a limit of 200 words for your answer.

Find out what kind of answers would get high marks below:

1. What campaigning are you involved in now?

The best answers would:

– Give evidence that you have been involved in some advocacy, campaigning or activism (we’re looking for people who have some experience, but still have a lot to learn).

– Clearly explain your advocacy/campaigning/activism goals. Why does your campaign matter?

– Be specific about what you worked on when campaigning, not just what your broader group or organisation worked on.

2. What are you hoping to gain from the Sparks workshops?

The best answers would:

– Give clear examples of concrete things you want to gain.

– Reflect on the skills or tools you would like to develop and the specific blocks you are finding in your campaign work.

3. What motivates you to be involved in the specific social change work that you do?

The best answers would:

– Show passion and commitment!

– Explain why you do the advocacy/campaigning/ leadership work you do – give us concrete examples that show knowledge of the issues you care about.

– Show us that you have a sustained interest in campaigning.

4. What are you going to do with what you learn at our workshops?

The best answers would:

– Give concrete examples of what advocacy/campaigning/activism/leadership you are planning to do after the workshops.

– Explain how what we teach will impact your advocacy/campaigning/leadership.

To sum up…

  • Be specific. Use concrete examples of things you have done/would like to do in your campaigning and how Sparks workshops might help.
  • Be personal. Tell us about you – what work you have done, what you believe and why you care. But…
  • Be mindful of the big picture. Tell us how your Sparks experience will not just impact you, but the wider issue on which you campaign.
  • Be clear and concise. Make sure you explain everything clearly. Don’t use a lot of acronyms or assume we are already familiar with your field.

All the best with your application! If you have any questions about the application please feel free to drop me an email on hello@sparkingchange.com.au

Send all applications to hello@sparkingchange.com.au

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