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Asset-Framing: The Other Side of the Story

May 20

In the non-profit world, we are often tasked with telling the story of the communities we serve. These narratives are what we use to secure funding, gain publicity, and obtain public support. From the boardroom to the newsroom, foundation and non-profits have historically used tales of deficit and despair to incite action from stakeholders and gain the sympathetic ear of the public – unaware of the stigmatizing effects. Asset framing is the shift to narratives that define a people by their aspirations and assets. Words frame our world. The messages you develop can be monumental or detrimental.

This session will challenge you to evaluate the stories you tell, explore where they came from, and recognize their influence and impact. Applying knowledge from global authorities on cognition, racial narrative, social innovation and engagement, you will learn how to asset frame communities to achieve greater success and improve cultural relations.

Commissioned by leading institutions such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, New Schools Venture Fund and The Heinz Endowments, Asset Framing is a game-changer in communications for foundations and non-profits.

Workshop Take-away

In this workshop, we will explore:

  1. The psychological and cultural power of narrative;
  2. Why deficit framing sabotages equity and how to find smarter solutions; and
  3. How to apply asset framing in communications strategies.

About Strive Together

StriveTogether was founded on a simple principle: Those who care about a community’s children — from parents and educators to civic leaders and local employers — can accomplish more by working together than by working apart. Supporting a national, nonprofit network of nearly 70 community partnerships, StriveTogether works to ensure that every child succeeds from cradle to career, regardless of race, income or zip code. StriveTogether helps communities identify and scale what works. We provide coaching, connections and resources to help partnerships share data, align resources and shape policy.



May 20
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Strive Together


Cincinnati, OH United States + Google Map