Storytelling 4 Social Change

Social media has the power to encourage the telling of stories.  Fred Rogers, well known PBS host of “Mr. Rogers,” carried a piece of paper in his wallet that had  a quote on it from a local social worker.  It stated, “There isn’t anyone you can’t learn to love, once you‘ve heard their story. “ Mr. Rogers exemplifies  the spirit of how powerful stories can be.   Andrew Stanton, from a presentation he gave through TED Talks, states that “ we were born for stories. We look for the affirmation that our lives have meaning.” Nothing provides us with greater affirmation than when we connect with others through stories.”  Stories help us to know what to do, what we can do, and empowers us to take action.  Stories, as in the days of oral tradition, hold keys of learning, make meaning of past experiences, shape new experiences, and help us create and compose new stories for our lives.  The stories about experiences  inspire people.


Check out U CAN 2 on Facebook and U CAN 2 Miles on Pinterest to read and share active transportation stories.

These tips might help:

The simplest way to tell a story is to take a snapshot and write a caption for it on Facebook or Pinterest .

Use a few primary questions to answer much like an interview-

  • What did you see, hear, or feel along the way?
  • What was going through your mind?
  • What surprised you?
  • Did you face any challenges? If so, how did you handle them?
  • What motivated you to walk, bike, board, or skate?

Think of 5-10 words that describes your experience and write them like a free form poem.

Make a short video message, audio message, and attach it to a photo or not. Simply post it.