PeoplesHub Workshop – Connect online as an individual

Dismantling Dominant Narratives


Stories create culture and change how we understand the world. Stories are powerful tools towards creating and sustaining our democracy. To transform the world around us, we need to understand and challenge the harmful stories that institutions and systems use to hurt and undermine our communities and organizing. We must create narratives that inspire and engage our bases and constituents in our efforts to create the world we need. 

In this workshop we will share and guide you through the Center for Story-based Strategy’s (CSS) ‘Narrative Power Media Analysis.’ Then, we will guide participants through developing narrative interventions and how to tell a more honest and engaging story.



Mariana Mendoza, trainer. Dante Garcia, trainer.

Training Length and Type:


120 minutes per session


Connect as an individual

Workshop Offered:


Monday, November 11


From 5-7pm PT/ 7-9pm CT/ 8-10pm ET




Monday, November 18


From 5-7pm PT/ 7-9pm CT/ 8-10pm ET

This training is ideal for:


  • People and groups working on specific issues/movements in need of narrative interventions.
  • People looking for support around how to use narrative for change.
  • People interested in making positive change in the world.
Training Outcomes


You’ll come away with:


  • An introduction to basic story-based strategy concepts and tools from Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS)
  • Practice with the Narrative Power Media Analysis tool from CSS with real-life examples from your work
  • Fresh narrative interventions to be applied to your work
What do you do to prepare?


We ask that participants bring 2-3 pieces of media relevant to their work. This could include a newsletter, a social media post, an article, brochure, fundraising letter or something else. At least one item should represent  the status quo or opposition and one piece of media is something created in a group or coalition.


Please come prepared to participate. Please choose a location with a strong internet connection, where you are able to speak and listen comfortably. You’ll need a laptop or desktop computer, and headphones.



Choose what to pay, starting at $20. The true cost of this workshop is $50/person, which allows us to continue offering programs like this one and pay trainers a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, our trainers work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!

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Mariana Mendoza

Born and raised in Mexico City, currently living in Los Angeles, Mariana brings experience in community and youth organizing, narrative strategy, curriculum development, and popular education. For the last years, she has been mostly involved in supporting the collective-determination of migrant, indigenous, and other people of color communities. She is the It Takes Roots Project Coordinator and a trainer with Center for Story-based Strategy. Mariana deeply believes in the power of utopian imagination and is committed to challenging the normalized violent ideologies and practices. When she is not organizing, studying, or eating with friends, she is usually climbing rocks.

Dante Garcia

Dante Garcia is a strategist and a co-founder at Story 2 Designs — a POC lead design cooperative dedicated to working with progressive projects to make transformation irresistible. Born in Seattle, he grew up being political active and an artist. In 2015 he was part of the organizing core of Seattle’s resistance to Arctic drilling in the ShellNo campaign. Today he is a trainer-practitioner at the Center for Story-based Strategy. He values justice, creative self-expression, paradox, historical context, the long game, and joy. You can find him biking across Seattle hills from meeting to meeting and geeking out about a post-capitalist world.