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Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is a national movement-building organization dedicated to harnessing the power of narrative for social change.

We offer training and strategic support to social justice organizations and alliances to change the story on the issues that matter most.

Top Social Justice Memes of 2018

Memes spread meaning through story, via symbols and practices. More than just internet graphics, memes are transmitted through writing, speech, gestures, images, rituals, and other phenomena — we’ve named the form of each meme in our list, to emphasize this point. Anything that can be a container for meaning of a story can be a meme.
Check out the Top Ten list here!

What is Story-based Strategy?


Applications for The Advanced Training are open until January 26th!


Trainings & Events


Upcoming Events

Introduction to Story-based Strategy

December 10th, 2018 • San Francisco, CA 

Introduction to Story-based Strategy

February 8th, 2019 • Chicago, IL 

The Advanced Training

April 1-5, 2019 • Corbett, Oregon

Tools & Resources




A digital card deck of  regenerative activities for maintaining your sustainability in social justice work.


Have you seen this image before? Could there be more to this story? What other stories could we create?

No Burnout Bingo

Bingo cards to keep your community sustainably involved in movements for collective liberation!

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