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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.

A Cage as Container of Meaning:
LJ Amsterdam Talks Story-based Strategy, Mass Incarceration & Migrant Detention

We weren’t going after GEO’s story, we were looking at the status quo story. I think we really successfully hitched our cart to a mainstream liberal story and pushed that story to the left. In terms of imagination building power, this was the first and only action I’ve done where the police arrived on scene, saw what was happening, and then left.  The whole scene was incredibly haunting. Everybody, and I mean everybody, stopped what they were doing and fell silent. And I believe it was in part because people were imagining themselves, their kids, their family, in the cage. 

Read the full blog post here >

What is Story-based Strategy?


We’re Hiring!

Center for Story-based Strategy is seeking a highly competent, detail-oriented Operations Associate who can help us reach our mission by staying on top of the day to day functions that make all our work possible! This position is part of CSS’s expansion to accommodate our growing, in-demand story-based strategy trainings and movement-building work.

Read the full Operations Associate job description Here.


Picture This! Physical Card Decks

Our digital Picture This! deck for rapid prototyping was so popular, we made real decks you can purchase for all your creative needs! Staring at a blank page can be overwhelming, even for experienced change-makers planning a creative action. Get the creativity flowing by getting out of analysis mode and just prototyping an intervention, using the Picture This! Deck.


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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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