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Webinar: The Power of Storytelling to Impact Community Change

March 7, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Facilitators: J.R. Jamison & Kelsey Timmerman, Co-Founders and Chief Story Telling Officers, The Facing Project

Description: Though the world is connected more than ever before, empathy for our neighbors is slowly disappearing. Indiana Campus Compact Executive Director J.R. Jamison and New York Times Bestselling author Kelsey Timmerman co-founded The Facing Project as a way to (re)connect people through stories to strengthen communities.

What initially started out as a one-off project that paired writers with storytellers to create connections across difference, and to help put a personal face on poverty, the model grew into a few more projects and then into a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Facing Project is now connecting writers, storytellers, artists, educators, and community leaders in over 100 communities across the country. Hailed by The Huffington Post, Harlem World Magazine, NPR, and Soul Train as one of three oral history projects to watch, The Facing Project provides a model, tools, and a platform for communities to arm themselves with stories to begin crucial conversations on social justice issues—neighbor to neighbor, community to community—by discussing solutions and exploring healing through their own narratives.

Join J.R. and Kelsey as they share the story of The Facing Project and how the model has impacted communities and developed spin-off initiatives with homeless populations and human trafficking victims (among others). The presenters will discuss how the model connects well with college student learning, drawing from past Facing Project Chapters on college campuses—including those in Iowa.


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