This month we're exploring how to practice strengths-based storytelling. Below we've compiled a reading list of articles, stories, and videos that provide good examples of strengths-based storytelling.

Strengths-based storytelling is a model of ethical storytelling that frames communities as they might see themselves, focusing on the strengths and assets they bring. You can read more about it in our explainer blog post from earlier this month.

  • The Black Cancer Podcast Centers People of Color Because "Your Life and Trauma Matters" [POPSUGAR]
    Cancer survivor Jodi-Ann Burey created her podcast, Black Cancer, when she could not find relevance in the cancer podcasts she listened to because none of them discussed race or racism as it pertains to disparities in cancer. Black Cancer highlights the shared understanding of what it means to be a person of color affected by cancer. 

  • Parenting Without Pity [Rooted in Rights]
    This series of stories by parents with disabilities explores their connection and identity with the disability community and gives them a platform to give advice to parents of children with disabilities today, by explaining what they wanted while growing up.

  • "We've got to fight, stand up, and do something!" [Firesteel]
    Toya Thomas shared her story at Affordable Housing Week 2017 of how she fought housing discrimination at Renton Woods Apartments. Hear how she bonded and organized with her neighbors to advocate at Renton City Hall and protect Section 8 holders from being evicted.

  • Poz Stories: Deborah Stanton [Poz Magazine]
    Deborah has been living with HIV for 30 years, and she uses her lived experience as someone who is HIV positive as a tool to help those who are just learning their own status. She says, "There’s nothing you can’t do because you’re HIV positive."

  • The Sculpture [Path with Art]
    Path with Art Student Artists with lived experience of homelessness, led by Teaching Artists Trimpin, Yonnas Getahun, and Michelle de la Vega, collaboratively envisioned, designed, and built a "kinetic sound sculpture." Lear about the construction of the sculpture, watch videos of the sculpture in action, and hear the poetry that it plays to experience this multimedia story of homelessness.

  • Forging a New Path for Disabled Design: An Interview with Liz Jackson [Adobe XD Ideas]
    Liz Jackson founded The Disabled List, a disability self-advocacy organization creating pathways for disabled people in design. She focuses on how disability is an asset in designing spaces to be accessible to everyone, and how cultivating that asset is necessary for all businesses.

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Eric Bronson

Eric Bronson is the Digital Advocacy and Engagement Manager at YWCA. He manages the Firesteel blog in addition to its social media streams and action initiatives. A graduate of Oberlin College, Eric focuses on the intersection of race and gender within the American political economy.


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