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Builds Power


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.

What is Story-based Strategy?


Our TRAININGS prepare change-makers working on many issues to imagine, facilitate and execute story-based strategies with community leadership.

We work in PARTNERSHIP with frontline groups to facilitate an analysis of narrative power, develop imagination and implement visions for change.


Trainings & Events


Upcoming Events

May 3rd • Hindman, KY

Intro to
Story-based Strategy

Apply by April 13

Applications Closed

June 23rd • St. Louis, MO

Sandbox Gathering: NEC CommonBound

CLOSED session
reserved for
NEC CommonBound 


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!

Meet our people, all our people.