Are you a storyteller? (Hint: the answer's yes!)
- Whether you know it or not, you are if you work or volunteer with a non-profit or social enterprise.
- Yet you may not see yourself as a storyteller.
- And even if you do, you've likely never had any training in how to tell your story effectively.
There is an art and science to telling impactful stories which resonate with your target audiences. You have a powerful opportunity to share your cause's story with the world in a way no one else can.
Join us as we connect you, with a great story to tell, with professionals who can help you learn how to drive action through effective communications. And for professionals, let us connect you to those seeking your skills and passion.
Tickets for this packed full-day learning event include:
- All the communications knowledge sharing you can muster.
- Power networking and inspiration with amazing Calgary social good-ers.
- Lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks.
Event format is unconference-style:
- Come ready to pitch your great Storytelling for Social Good questions and topics.
- Lead and moderate discussions around those topics in breakout groups.
- Connect through other discussion groups to get the most out of your day.
No set speakers, one-way presentations nor fixed topics. Instead, together we'll decide the breakout discussion topics on the day under the umbrella of our Storytelling for Social Good theme. You don't need to be a communications expert, just be interested in asking questions and contributing to discussions on how to communicate ideas that change the world.
Past discussion topics have been:
- How can I frame a story for my audience?
- Why would I use humour in my communications?
- How can I learn to pitch the awesome?!
- How do I find and hire a good professional communicator? And how can I know I need one?
- How can I effectively use social media tools like Twitter?
- What are the building blocks for a great story? And what's a "call to action?"
- How can I meet strategic goals and measure the results of my communications?
What to bring:
- Business cards for networking.
- Notebook or other notetaking device, e.g. tablet.
- Fun and open spirit to contribute to building our social good community in Calgary!
We're about capacity-building, collaboration and connecting in community. And we donate all proceeds after costs to a local cause.
Kudos and much love to my fellow SSGyyc#4 organizer Dustin Paisley, and to our beloved sponsors:
- MRU's Ray DePaul with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
- MRU's James Stauch with the Institute for Community Prosperity (non-profit studies).
- Mark Simmons, Creator and Owner of the Nifty, a social enterprise startup.
I look forward to connecting with you on September 12th. In the meantime, I encourage you to also join our growing SSGyyc community on Meetup with ideas, questions, and resources. And also engage with our online Twitter community via @SSGyyc.
Past Storytellers say...
I had no clear idea of what to expect as a first timer, but that does not diminish the awe, the sense of community, the connections, and the depth and breadth of conversations I experienced as a part of this event. Though I will find it difficult to explain... to others, they will no doubt receive the message that it was profound :)
A diverse group with a variety of perspectives on storytelling. A lot of information shared about storytelling in a wide range of media and venues. I came away with information on humor, group motivation, brand security and social media. Well worth spending the day talking with this group.
My brain is still trying to process the wisdom that echoed through the room; I feel like my head is going to explode :D
super plus plus!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Mount Royal University is accessible by bike, transit, and car. Bike parking is available near the East Entrance. There is also underground parking available nearby in the East Parkade or open parking lot A off eastern entrance to campus ring road.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Even if you haven't attended an unconference-style event before, we promise to explain everything first thing in the morning for a smooth day. Right now in the SSGyyc Meetup group, we've included answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQs). And, if what you seek isn't there, you can contact the volunteer organizer, Alex S Kelly, via hello[at]askdesign[dot]ca.
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Yes! Please do gift your ticket to another eager Storyteller. Of course, we anticipate a waitlist for this event so please feel free let us know to donate your ticket to the next in line. We'll be happy to pass on to the recipient full credit to you as their ticket sponsor, and you'll get the warm fuzzies and good karma that comes from knowing you supported more social good in Calgary even if you couldn't attend in person.
What is the refund policy?
We will refund tickets if requested directly to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 7 days prior to the event. Otherwise, at any time you can transfer your ticket (see above). This ensures all committed event costs are covered and we don't take unnecessarily from the local cause we're directing proceeds to after the event.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, you can transfer your ticket (see above).
When & Where
Alex S Kelly and Dustin Paisley
Storytelling for Social Good is organized by Alex S Kelly (@ASKdesignCSI) and Dustin Paisley (@EnactusMRU). Alex is an experienced Calgary-based business coach and communications professional active in the social good community, and Dustin is the Social Entrepreneur in residence at Mount Royal University. They’ve used their superpowers for good organizing, presenting, and facilitating with Enactus MRU, Social Venture Partners, Trico Foundation, Accessibility Calgary, Startup Calgary, Business Link Alberta, and many others. They saw the opportunity to connect discussions through this “unconference” or open space technology format event focused on communicating ideas that change the world.