Storytelling for Effective Advocacy: Highlighting Lived Experience – July 15, 2022

Academy, Updates, Zero Hunger

We live in the statistical age. Advances in statistical methods and data processing have provided us with a stupefying amount of information. It has never been easier to find trustworthy numbers to illustrate the scale and scope of food insecurity, or to show proven positive outcomes for specific programs or initiatives. Yet try convincing people to support your intervention using numbers alone, and you’ll find it’s an uphill battle. Why do statistics alone fall flat? And what role does storytelling—one of the most ancient and ubiquitous of all human activities—have in advocating for a hunger-free world?

Join us July 15 at 1 p.m. EDT as the 2022 Zero Hunger Summer Seminars continue with an exploration of storytelling for effective advocacy. To be an effective advocate, you must be an effective storyteller. In this session, participants will learn three key components of storytelling for effective advocacy:

  1. Using data
  2. Highlighting lived experience
  3. Making the ask or call to action

College students and summer interns are especially encouraged to tune in. The session includes several short articles for pre-reading, which can be accessed when you enroll in the course via our Zero Hunger Academy platform.


Arthurine Walker

Learning and Development Consultant, Congressional Hunger Center

Arthurine provides support to the training and learning event components of the Hunger Center’s Emerson and Leland Fellowship programs and the Zero Hunger Internship. She is a skilled trainer, facilitator, and coach with more than 25 years of professional experience working with the nonprofit sector, government, and higher education.She is a change-maker, who provides capacity building support to small and medium-sized nonprofit organizations in such areas as leadership development, program design and evaluation, board development, and fundraising.The focus of much of her work has been on social and economic equity though initiatives addressing education and workforce development, cultural competence in teacher education, access to higher education and jobs for disadvantaged youth, health disparities, and anti-racism.

Thank You

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation for their generous support of the Zero Hunger Summer Seminars.
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