apply to be a sbs practitioner fellow

Looking to build your Story-Based Strategy (SBS) chops and build community with other SBS Practitioners? If so, read on! As a member of the 2019 SBS Practitioner Fellowship you’ll get:

Applied Practice

The primary purpose of the Fellowship is to give you (AT alumni) time, space, and support to deepen your SBS chops. Over the course of two months, you’ll develop an intervention that supports you, your work, and/or your community/ies and then deploy it!


You’ll be along for the ride with all the other Fellows as you each develop your projects. You’ll have each other’s support as well as support from CSS staff.


As a Fellow, you’ll be paid $2,000: $1,500 for the project and your time and $500 is for the production of the case study.


Movement Magnetism

This year’s theme: Movement Magnetism

“The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.” — Toni Cade Bambara

We believe that our role as story-based strategists is to the make the road towards justice, irresistible. What kinds of ideas do our movements need in this moment? Are there moments from the past we can draw inspiration from? Or what will we catalyze that will benefit future generation(s) of movement leaders to come? For this fellowship, we are looking for creative interventions and projects that will make all of our movement-work irresistible: past, present, and future!


2018 Fellows

Curious what a Fellowship project might look like? Check out the projects and case studies from the 2018 Fellows.


Erin O’Brien





  • SBS increases ability to see the totality of systems of oppression

  • SBS adds strategy to decisions that are often made from a (valid) place of emotions.

Kevin Banette



Cornerstones, NPA, F.R.A.M.E.S., Elements of Story, Fairy Tales, The 4th Box


  • SBS helps create clear characters 

  • SBS prevents unintentional reinforcement of problematic dominant narratives

Dante Garcia



Cornerstones, Elements of Story


  • SBS can transform narrative challenges into opportunities 

  • It can take many rounds of digging deep to uncover the most powerful underlying assumptions 

  • Attention to foreshadowing, assumptions, and conflict clarifies the potency of a counter-narrative.

Jess St. Louis



Cornerstones, Battle of the Story, Drama Triangles, Top 2 Underlying Assumptions, F.R.A.M.E.S, Storypoints


  • Media events and interviews can be powerful points of intervention.

  • SBS helps move from analysis to creativity and imagination.


Ok, so how does the fellowship work?

  1. Fill out the application (see below).

  2. CSS selects 2019 Fellows.

  3. Fellows ideate and create project in collaboration with other Fellows.

  4. Fellows launch projects and watch how the world changes.

  5. Fellows write up case studies of their own work.

  6. Fellows continue to be awesome.

Key Dates

  • March 4 - 31: Applications open

    • March 19, 9:30-10:30am PST | Q&A Office Hour (Zoom link)

    • March 26, 9:30-10:30am PST | Q&A Office Hour (Zoom link)

  • May 1: Fellows announced

  • May 6: Fellowship begins (includes bi-weekly cohort calls).

  • May 6 - June 30: Fellowship projects created and launched (launch will look different for each project).

  • July 1 - 31: Write case study.





Please direct all questions to Lawrence: