Description: Teaching individuals to dive into their narrative, gaining clarity and competence around their story, as well as building community across the Empathy Network. People will have the ability to share their homework, questions and narrative drafts, get feedback from MPP leaders, #cut50 and their peers. In past trainings, MPP has seen really powerful and thoughtful interaction within participants - who were not otherwise connected to one another. Here, we are starting with a base of individuals who are already organized around being members of the Empathy Network and having participated in the Day of Empathy 2017 or planning to do so in 2018. We believe the cross-pollination and connection between all of the groups will be particularly powerful.
The main outcome will be stronger and more developed narratives for all individual participants, and strong community building across the Empathy Network. We will choose profiles to spotlight on our Empathy Network/Day of Empathy page of the #cut50 website, Facebook Page, Twitter and in emails, leading up to the Day of Empathy in March of 2018.
Webinar #1: Life Mapping
Description: Exploring why stories are such a potent force for change in our world. Participants will begin the process of story excavation with an introduction to life mapping and instructions on how to complete their own life map.
Webinar #2: Your Story is Your Power
Description: Participants will identify a specific audience and their goal for that audience. They will be introduced to the Public Narrative framework (Self, Us, Now) and will take a deep dive into the Story of Self.
Webinar #3: Honing Your Message, Using Your Voice
Description: During session three, we will take a deep dive into the story of Us and story of Now. We will also have participants affirm how and where they’d like to share their message.
Webinar #4: How To Be An Effective Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform
Description: The FrameWorks Institute's mission is to advance the nonprofit sector's communications capacity by identifying, translating, and modeling relevant scholarly research to frame the public discourse on social problems. This webinar will help teach you how express your message about criminal justice issues more effectively -- to the media, legislators and, to the public. It’s vital for advocates to be well informed about the political and social climate around criminal justice reform and the current research in the field. Along with elavating the voices and stories of people most impacted by the criminal justice system, communicating your issues persuasively, is key in countering the existing ‘tough on crime’ narrative, and showing that relying solely on crime and punishment, does not work.
Webinar #5: Measuring and Collecting Criminal Justice Data w/ Measures for Justice
Description: The mission of Measures for Justice is to use data to measure and understand county-level criminal justice system performance in all 3,000+ counties across the US. Their data portal aims to measure how the US criminal justice system is faring in three areas: Fair Process, Public Safety, and Fiscal Responsibility. Collecting this data every two years and updating this data regularly will increase its efficacy and usefulness to people who are directly impacted by the criminal justice system, organizations working to reform the system, and government agencies. It also has the potential to help solve long-standing and newly developed criminal justice challenges. Currently, there is a gap in criminal justice data because of records being kept locally, and not measuring the same issues. Measures for Justice provides context for responsible data interpretation, which will hopefully stem the use of inaccurate or incomplete sources in trying to identify problems and solutions related to mass incarceration.
Webinar #6: Running Effective Campaigns and Creating Powerful Online Petitions
Change.org’s mission, is to empower people everywhere to create the change they want to see. They're an open platform because they believe more change happens when people with different backgrounds and perspectives can participate in the conversation. Change.org will give a presentation and training on the use of online petitions in social justice movements and campaigns and give an in-depth introduction to their Change Justice platform. Participants will be advised on how to promote our petition page for Day of Empathy, and start their own and get instruction on how to write powerful petitions for their campaigns, as well as how to promote their own petitions and grow their advocacy network.