Story Movements is a biennial CMSI convening that curates and presents research and case studies about the role of narrative in contemporary movements for social justice -- across platforms and genres of civic media storytelling. From documentary film to investigative journalism to participatory storytelling activism to the entertainment industry and beyond, Story Movements examines and captures the current and future-looking moment in story-led demands for social change.
Story Movements is supported by our presenting funder, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Story Movements 2024

Register for our next Story Movements convening this March 7-8 at Planet Word Museum in Washington D.C.. This year’s convening will focus on themes related to AI and social media for social good (and ill), democracy and the stories we tell for the future, creativity and entertainment in the climate crisis, documentary empowerment for building a just world, and more. Story Movements 2024 is hosted by comedian emcee Gabe González and the two-day event will include presentations from 20 distinguished speakers and comedians, including a live comedy show, “Oh, We Can Joke About That?”. This year’s lineup of speakers includes media industry executives, creatives, activists, documentary filmmakers, music artists, comedians and more, each bringing unique insights to the forefront of discussions. Read more here or register on Eventbrite today.

Story Movements 2021

In 2021, CMSI gathered a group of media makers across a broad continuum of talent to share their culture work, storytelling best practices, outreach strategies, and media technologies. In the act of coming together for two days, filmmakers, movement communicators, comedians and journalists generated new ideas for using evocative storytelling to inspire deep conversations in our communities and propel social and cultural change.

Story Movements 2019

The convening hosted a wide spectrum of social justice-oriented media makers — including documentary film, and journalists to podcasters, and movement communicators, and comedians, and community organizers, and technologists — who were all using the power of media to shift and shape culture and policy and hold power to account. “Most conferences are focused on the challenges of this new [digital] ecosystem,” said Jennifer Humke, senior program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, who directs the Participatory Civic Storytelling program, that supports Story Movements. “But I think it’s just as important to bring like-minded people together to say: ‘how can we take advantage of opportunities afforded by these new forms of media making and distribution to create a more pluralistic and inclusive democracy?’ And I think that is what sets this conference apart.”

Story Movements 2016

Story Movements is a catalytic two-day convening that examines platforms and genres of civic media storytelling through the lens of contemporary struggles for social justice. From documentary film to investigative journalism to virtual reality to participatory storytelling to persuasive gaming to photography, the convening examines and captures the current and future-looking moment in story-led demands for social change.

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