Week 7: Your public narrative.

Week 7: Feb. 24-March 1, 2016.


Reviewing and developing our understanding of what social media can (and cannot) do.  Honing the craft of story-telling.


  • Chapter 10, 11 and Conclusion in SMSG. The chapters on mobile media are important, but the short conclusion is the focal point for returning us to the question, “what can social media do?”
  • Read “Telling Your Story” (http://workshops.350.org/toolkit/story/) and craft a public narrative that is about what YOU want US to do on social media NOW.

Write blog essay #6: Your public narrative.
You all told a “story of self” in your first post about your avatar, who you want to be online. Re-read that post and look at what the notes on “Story of Self” in the Toolkit and see if you can sharpen / strengthen that story of self.  Emphasize choice points, a moment or two that sharpened your values.  But this time, you won’t stop with the story of self.  You will also think about what you can do online to engage, motivate, or move us to action on behalf of one of the organizations you followed during GHD, or on behalf of a cause you care about.  This might be as simple as asking us to follow and/or like an organization, or it could be a call for us to change our Facebook profile, attend an event, join a group, volunteer with an organization, etc.. Those are all pretty obvious choices–I encourage you all to be more creative than my prompt.

Don’t forget to include an image or two, a link or two, categorize and tag the post.


Use the social media channels we have available to us to workshop the components of your story. Definitely share drafts of your story in our private Facebook group before you go live.  Consider trying out some or all of your story Twitter,  Facebook or WordPress. Remember you can use your WordPress any time you want for whatever work you want–it is your space, not mine.  More generally as a student and writer, remember that you always have this vast feedback system at your disposal when writing: use it, try it, learn from it.

Keep doing the little stuff too: play with your story components via the short forms you have available. Develop your voice. Tweet or retweet with a mission.  Sharpen your sense of avatar through your online actions.

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