Our trainings update the timeless skills of storytelling and social change strategy for our current context of media-saturation, hyper-branding and 24-hour news cycles.

We combine a wide range of skills and analysis into customized trainings, intensive multi-day seminars, and innovative learning lab spaces for putting newly learned concepts into praxis. CSS' multi-media, interactive curriculum focuses on in-depth analysis of power, story, and memes in the context of grassroots social change work.

Who is story-based strategy for?



Individuals who want a basic understanding of how to use SBS as a day to day coaching and development tool.



Individuals who want a more in depth understanding of how to use SBS with teams and groups for in-house use.

How do I learn story-based strategy?

Public Trainings

Our public trainings range from a short standard introductory session to customized multi-day sessions.


A Sandbox Gathering is a one-day event designed to build our movement’s capacity to imagine, create and distribute exciting visual messages that have the potential to #changethestory on issues that matter most.

The Advanced Training

The Advanced Training is designed as a full immersion 5 day, 4 night residential experience.
It is a one-of-a-kind learning experience that delivers the best tools and thinking from the only national strategy center dedicated to amplifying the impact of grassroots organizing for social and ecological justice with the power of narrative and memes.


Our trainings provide participants with comprehensive frameworks to create more holistic social change narratives, while integrating messaging and storytelling with solid grassroots organizing and effective campaigning. Check the Training Calendar now!