Founder | Executive Director | Board Member
I constantly wonder how we create socially-conscious leadership that unites rather than divides. During my years in education, I heard stories from students that revealed the heart behind smiles, the burden behind hard work, the trauma behind negligence. These stories were not unlike my own. The ones I never told anyone. I created Listen for a Change so that others have the support to face and the courage to tell their stories. But more importantly, so that we all have a space to listen.
Story Coach | Board Member
I believe in the power of clear, honest, and open-minded communication--the kind that breaks down barriers and moves faraway mountains closer together. My journey with Listen for a Change began when I shared a life-defining story on its stage, and in opening my heart, I've found countless connections and seen the profound and immeasurable ripples that stories have in the world. Every day, I strive to create barrier-breaking, connection-building, mountain-moving work with this organization. I know it works. I have been the recipient of its magic.
Ayasha Jamila Tripp
Story Coach | Emcee | Board Member
I am a lover of storytelling in all forms: writing, film, theatre... Listen for a Change, however, added a new love of storytelling that pushed me beyond characters, cinematic views, and dialogue. It just requires me and my truth. I am a Bay Area Native with roots in Pittsburg and a heartbeat in Oakland. I use writing and education to fight for social justice, so it would only makes sense that I am a part of this organization that uses storytelling as a form to ignite change.
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I believe that every single person has an important and powerful story to tell. Over the past decade, I have had the privilege of traveling the country to tell stories and to coach others in their storytelling. I have always known of the power of stories, but I had never seen it so clear until I attended my first Listen for a Change event. I was forever...wait for it...changed, and I knew that this was a movement that I needed to be a part of.
It wasn't until I left my beautiful, but liberal sanctuary hometown of Madison, Wisconsin that I realized I in fact had not been truly listening to, rather than just refraining from interrupting stories that differed from my own. Joining the Listen for a Change team has taught me the immense value in respecting another's experience, opinions, and vulnerability, for in such divided times we must bridge, rather than widen our gaps.
One day back in 2016, I was scrolling though Facebook and saw an event that read "Listen for A Change: Immigration, Black Lives Matter, Transgender Rights." I was inspired by an event that encompassed such important and controversial topics in one setting, and I knew I had be a part of it. I've grown with this amazing community that I continue to learn from, and I continue to promote the power of storytelling with everyone in my personal life.
Being part of Listen for a Change has shifted my life. It's a magical experience to come together as a community and listen to each other share personal stories of struggle and triumph. Our live events allow me to pause, see life from another perspective, and be reminded that we aren't in this alone. I use marketing and content creation to translate the magic found at our events and express that into the digital space. Regardless of who you are or where you live, we can all be impacted by the stories we share.
I am an avid researcher of subjects concerning our society, the forces that drive it, and the relentless ability of people to come together and overcome challenges. Professionally, that has taken form as a researcher, writer, and marketer for emerging technologies that have the ability to upend and redefine power structures, opening doors and providing pathways towards equality. I believe the stories and experiences we share with each other have the ability to build relationships and bridges that mutually aid all of us as we seek whatever it is we value in whatever communities we identify support, love, courage, and inspiration.
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I am fascinated by people’s stories, particularly those that are right at the margin of public consciousness. I love consuming various storytelling podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab, because they feature relatable stories from distinct yet random places that demonstrate how connected we all are. After attending my first Listen for a Change event, I wanted to help the organization develop a podcast of its own to help amplify the storytellers’ voices and connect a wider audience to their powerful stories that can truly expand one’s perspective.
As a photographer, I love exploring behind the camera; absorbed in seeing, creating and capturing stories. Documenting story hours for Listen for a Change is an enriching opportunity to make meaningful photos that can have an impact and help foster new, powerful and compassionate narratives.
I am a photographer/videographer who grew up in Herndon, VA, a culturally diverse area which helped me develop a respect for people who are different from me from a young age. Through living in the Bay, I learned to not just sympathize with social issues and the challenges that many people face - I didn't want to be a bystander anymore. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work with Listen for a Change, producing photo and video content to spread mission driven stories.
I believe in the power of amplifying underrepresented voices. Working with youth journalists on the South Side of Chicago, I saw firsthand the value of having a platform to tell your own story. Now, as a recent Bay Area transplant, I get the chance to continue this same mission with Listen for a Change. I’m so glad to have this incredible opportunity to create change through the power of storytelling.
I am a firm believer in the power of photo and film to act as vehicles for social change, and I love Listen for a Change for bringing people together around that. I believe that everyone has a story to tell, and that their story has the potential to change someone else’s life. As the son of two immigrants, my multi-ethnic background drives my everyday life and is the lens through which I see and understand the world.
I not only believe that story is present in how we live— sharing, requesting, imitating, learning—but also why we live. Our sense of value, place, and identity is indelibly tied up in our stories and the stories of others. It’s why you find story at the core of most human endeavors, from education and entertainment to product design and marketing. It’s also why I work at the intersection of those things! And why I believe in the Listen for Change idea that story can break barriers and change minds. It’s the only thing that can.
I believe in the power of a shared experience. In a time when we are reminded ever more frequently and readily about how we are different, I'm inspired by the Listen for a Change mission to unite our divisions with powerful storytelling. As a strategic partner, I'm thrilled to work with Listen for a Change to amplify the voices of the marginalized and encourage respect and compassion for one another in the face of the forces aiming to alienate.
Special Projects Consultant
I believe that if we only stop to hear others' stories, we'll be more compassionate, global citizens. Through my full-time job at Team4Tech, I bring technology professionals to under served communities globally to advance the quality of education and also bridge global understanding. Listen for a Change fulfills my passion in advancing understanding and work in social justice and I hope many more people are able to open their ears, hearts, and minds to powerful stories around them.