As you all are planning your final campaigns I want you to do some in-depth thinking about two things: the strategies you’ll use and the stories you’ll tell to engage with people.
In terms of strategy, I’d like you to read from two books: Groundswell by Li and Bernoff and Robin Hood Marketing by Katya Andresen. In both cases these chapters are the heart of the book, the “money” chapters where the authors lay out their key ideas. Pay attention!
Goundswell, Chapter 4
Robin Hood Marketing, Intro and Chapter 1
While you are planning strategy I also want you to be thinking about stories. The Robin Hood Marketing author, Katya Andresen, has a great blog where she makes the point that information and statistics rarely make someone act. Instead individual stories are usually much more effective. So a crucial question for you all are there any stories you can tell to breath life into our campaign and provide powerful motivation for action?
First watch this video by Dan Ariely, noted academic and best-selling business author. (I shouldn’t say this– but really can’t resist– doesn’t the video make him look like a zombie?)
Then read Andresen’s blog entries about the video and stories:
Finally I think a great example of the power of story in current happenings is the Occupy Wall Street movement and the WE ARE THE 99 PERCENT tumblr blog that really helped propel the movement into main stream awareness– talk about the power of individual stories!
Please post a substantial response to any of the material above, but be sure to also make detailed and specific reference to at least one of the book chapters.