Issues that divide.
Stories that unite.
Listen for a Change is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2016 that uses personal storytelling to bridge divided communities by creating a platform for marginalized voices.
THIS ISN’T JUST STORYTELLING.
IT’S AN INTERVENTION FOR COMPASSION.
WE FIND THE VOICES YOU DON’T HEAR
From Carmela, who maintains the facilities at the Oakland Coliseum, to Molly, whose daughter advocated for her gender transition at the age of four, our story hours give a stage to the beautifully diverse, brave voices among us to share their journeys of struggle and hope.
WE TURN UP THE VOLUME
Our stories open up the hearts and minds of hundreds at our story hours, but it doesn’t end there. We create dynamic, emotionally-resonant videos and podcasts to reach thousands in polarized and isolated communities to connect, heal, and share. Storytellers also share their stories in compelling written pieces on our blog.
WE MOBILIZE SOCIAL CHANGE
We ask each storyteller to represent a local nonprofit fighting on the frontlines of their issue. We raise awareness, donate funds, and encourage listeners to volunteer their energy where it is most needed.
THE LISTEN METHOD
HAVE A FORMAT
This is that one story of your life, not your whole life story. Tell a true, personal account that follows a story arc with an build-up, climax, and resolution. Your story should feature one climatic experience with a dominant theme. Keep it simple and focused. This shouldn't be a lengthy autobiography or a lecture.
STEER CLEAR OF OVERT POLITICS
People are more open to human experiences that don't trigger political affiliation or reference complex data. Of course, stories may need to acknowledge injustices, but let the raw emotions and narrative of your story carry the message. Avoid policy talk, explicit politics, academic speak, and generalizing to how others should feel or act. The goal is to make it relatable.
TELL IT FROM THE HEART
Don’t be too calculated, but also don’t wing it. Think of it as a well-crafted story you disclose over a campfire to a group of close friends. You'll work with your story coach to develop a compelling story told in your most authentic voice. Remember, no one knows your story but you, and you are in control of your narrative.