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Storytelling for Social Change
Harness the power of storytelling and improve your communication skills
On this course, you’ll discover the secrets of storytelling from expert performers and artists.
Stories are a powerful way to engage an audience and deliver impact. Using characters creates empathy, and makes people more open-minded to hearing something new or engaging with a complex topic.
Learn how storytelling can communicate powerful ideas
By following some simple rules of story craft, any communicator can create empathy and interest – both vitally important when trying to get a message across.
You’ll explore how professionals use stories to drive social change, and understand how introducing multiples perspectives can boost the impact of your message.
Utilise the power of visual storytelling
You’ll learn how visual elements can enhance a story and keep people listening.
You’ll discover how to identify your audience, and create a protagonist that can connect with them, building awareness and shifting attitudes.
Improve the impact of your communication skills
Using peer feedback, quizzes, and personal reflection, you’ll improve your own storytelling techniques, whether you work with a brand, a not-for-profit, or just want to become a better public speaker.
Studying performances and hearing from storytelling professionals, you‘ll end by developing a creative project of your own.
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Discuss how professionals use stories to elicit social change.
- Introduce multiple perspectives into stories for social impact.
- Learn how to identify an audience, communicate a message, and develop a strong protagonist to deliver your message.
- Identify how empathy and belief systems affect storytellers and audience members.
- Use visual elements to enhance a storytelling project.
Who is the course for?
This course would benefit professionals who want to tell an impactful story, including those working in not-for-profit or commercial sectors, marketing teams, writers, educators, and public speakers.
Who developed the course?
As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).
LocationAnn Arbor, Michigan, USA
World rankingTop 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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