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How Can We Tell Stories of Systems Change that are More Reflective of the Way Change Happens?
Storytelling is a crucial tool that helps foster connections and deeper understanding, but how does one tell stories about systems change? How do we discover and shift narratives within systems?

Join us on Wednesday, July 20 at 2pm ET for the final session in a new three-part virtual office hour series.

In this virtual office hour, John Kania and Cynthia Rayner of Collective Change Lab will build off their recent work in the Systems Storytelling Initiative, where they have convened a diverse and global community of practice of storytellers to uncover and discover techniques for systems storytelling. They will answer your questions and share specific practices about how to tell stories about changing systems that feel grounded and real.

Bring your questions and we’ll spend the hour going through as many as we can to help provide guidance and clarity to your work.

What’s a Virtual Office Hour? The Virtual Office Hour is another way to respond to the burning questions of collective impact practitioners. The office hours are casual Q&A sessions: no formal presentations, but rather an opportunity to spend the hour answering questions about a specific topic.

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How Can We Tell Stories of Systems Change that are More Reflective of the Way Change Happens?

- Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2022

- Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET


- Jennifer Splansky Juster, Executive Director, Collective Impact Forum
- John Kania, Founder & Executive Director, Collective Change Lab
- Cynthia Rayner, Systems Storyteller Initiative Leader, Collective Change Lab

Jul 20, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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John Kania
Founder and Executive Director @Collective Change Lab
Over the last 30 years John has been a practitioner, researcher, writer, teacher, and speaker on how organizations and people can achieve change together. For 17 years, he ran FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm and think tank working globally across issues and sectors to support social and environmental changemakers. From 2018 to 2020, he served as an Executive-in-Residence at national venture philanthropy New Profit, co-leading the launch of a systems change practice. John has been a field leader in innovating practices related to Collective Impact, Systems Change, Catalytic Philanthropy and community foundation sustainability. He is a co-author of the ground-breaking Stanford Social Innovation Review articles "Collective Impact" and "The Dawn of System Leadership," among other works, as well as the book Do More than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World. John speaks frequently around the world on accelerating social impact.
Cynthia Rayner
Systems Storyteller Initiative Leader @Collective Change Lab
Cynthia Rayner is a researcher, practitioner, writer and lecturer. Cynthia’s work in social change began when, as a recovering management consultant, she joined the LGT Impact Fellowship, which brought her to South Africa for over a decade. She has recently relocated back to the US with her family and is experiencing the liminality of being a foreigner in her own country. Most recently, Cynthia served as facilitator & curriculum designer for the DGMT Fellowship for Organisational Innovation in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to that, Cynthia served in several organizations, including program director for Generation Ubuntu, an afterschool program educating children in Cape Town; strategy consultant for mothers2mothers, an African social enterprise employing women to guide other women to good health; and the co-founder of the Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA, a fundraising entity supporting children and families in South Africa.
Jennifer Splansky Juster
Executive Director @Collective Impact Forum
Jennifer Splansky Juster is Executive Director of the Collective Impact Forum. She is one of FSG’s leaders in collective impact field building, has worked on multiple collective impact engagements, designed training opportunities for thousands of collective impact practitioners, and frequently speaks on the topic. Jennifer has co-authored multiple publications on collective impact, including the report Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact and the articles “Centering Equity in Collective Impact,” “Committing to Collective Impact: From Vision to Implementation,” and “Essential Mindset Shifts for Collective Impact.” Over the course of her career, Jennifer has also worked with a range of foundations, nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations across sectors on issues of strategy, evaluation, and program design.