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Advancing Change Through Public Narrative

  • Impact Hub Boston 50 Milk Street, 15th Floor Boston, MA, 02110 United States (map)

Start off Impact Hub's week of social impact events at ImpactFest with an engaging "Food For Thought on Advancing Change through Public Narrative" with Abel Cano. We will discuss how to tell our own stories and better understand others to advance change through action while also exploring how to create unity from diversity. Food For Thoughts are casual brown bag lunch discussions around a particular social impact topic.


About Public Narrative

Public narrative is a leadership practice designed to empower individuals to accept the responsibility and uncertainty that accompanies positions of leadership, and for enabling others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty. Through narrative, we learn how to make choices in response to challenges of an uncertain world – as individuals, as communities and as nations. Responding to urgent challenges adaptively requires drawing on sources of hope, empathy and confidence.

Public narrative is the art of translating values into action. It is a discursive process through which individuals, communities, and nations learn to make choices, construct identity, and inspire action. Because it engages the 'head' and the 'heart,' narrative can instruct and inspire - teaching us not only why we should act, but moving us to act. Together, we will sharpen our capacity to engage with others of diverse views and perspectives in potentially transformative ways.


About the Speaker:

Abel Cano is Founder and CEO of The Arc of Change, a Boston-based organization dedicated to creating brave learning spaces that deepen transformational leadership for social change at non-profits and universities. With a background in community organizing, Abel teaches to empower a rising generation of social movement leaders.

Abel Cano served as the Boston Field Organizer and Statewide Constituency Lead for Massachusetts in President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Abel led the grassroots campaign to elect Boston’s first Asian-American woman to City Council At-Large as Field Director in 2013.

Abel is Co-Founder of the thriving non-profit arts and technology organization, EMW: Art | Technology | Community in Cambridge. Abel taught leadership courses with Professor Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government focused on Community Organizing and Public Narrative.

Abel Cano has trained leaders at the Harvard Kennedy School, Open Society Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health, National Health Service UK, Oxfam International, United Teen Empowerment Center, Brown University and among others.

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This event is a part of ImpactFest, our first week-long celebration of our community’s impact, of the strength of our social impact ecosystem in Boston, and of our fourth birthday at Impact Hub Boston. Learn from current members, Impact Hub alum, and other local social entrepreneurs about their work on pressing social and environmental issues and lessons from their entrepreneurial journeys. Contribute your skills to projects making a better Boston at Open Project Night. Discuss pivotal cultural issues of our times and the roles we have in resolving them. Celebrate our fourth birthday as a community and home for social impact in Boston, and help imagine the local issues we might work together to tackle into the future. Build your network into a community.
Join us: October 1-6, 2017.