U/S partners with communities to champion their stories as the way to address social topics that matter to them.
Through collecting narratives surrounding a social concern, inspiring art from these narratives, and gathering the community together to hear, see, and interact with these stories, United Story fosters community-owned action in the form of solutions generated in on-the-spot community innovation labs. Rather than creating yet another new “project,” United Story facilitates the organization of stories and the catalyzing of story-based solutions.
We believe in the power of the story.
We believe that every individual has a story to tell, and every story serves as a means by which members across communities can connect, educate, and empower each other toward action.
As we honor the diversity of our narratives, we recognize that they unveil insight to the myriad of experiences, journeys, and histories that are shared amongst us. We value this as we listen, engage, and foster opportunities for these stories to be expressed and amplified. We recognize that in times of societal hardship, unrest, and social challenge, our stories bind us, opening pathways for change to occur and for progress to be made. By engaging the intrinsic values, wisdom, and possibilities inhabited in our individual narratives, we can build the tools, inspire the ideas, take the actions, and create the connections necessary to move us toward collective impact.
We revere the power of our United Story as we embrace our shared journey toward change.
Listening | Intersectionality & Diversity | Integrity & Respect | Provision of Safe, Inclusive Space | Bold Expression | Curiosity | Action & Innovation | Dialogue & Collaboration | Sustainability & Balance | Openness
The Story of U/S
United Story is powered by Civic Creatives, a social impact design team based in St. Louis, MO. Civic Creatives produces interactive events, tools, and products to help community members identify, prototype, and actualize creative solutions to the issues that affect them most.
Cambrie Nelson, United Story Co-Organizer
De Andrea Nichols, United Story Co-Organizer
Sophie Lipman, United Story Summit 2015, Co-Organizer