Building a Common Mission and Language to Drive Your Medical-Legal Partnership Forward
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern Time
*originally scheduled for February 21*
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Part of what makes cross sector work difficult is that organizations not only bring different visions and priorities to the work, but they also often communicate similar ideas in very different frameworks and language. In this webinar, we’ll talk about (1) how to align legal services and MLP goals in a health care framework so that they are seen as mission critical; (2) how to build a shared mission and definition of success across partners; (3) the stories all medical-legal partnerships should be able to tell; and (4) internal communication practices to build momentum and support for your project. This webinar is relevant for all professions, but will be particularly helpful for legal team members. Presenter: Kate Marple, NCMLP’s Director of Communications

Sympathy Leads to Charity, Empathy Leads to Change: A Conversation about Partnering with People to Tell Their Own Stories
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern Time
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There is growing support inside the social sector for the idea that telling personal, deeply human stories is an essential part of creating change. At the same time, storytelling can be resisted as a practice by staff and advocates who often view it as inherently victimizing to already marginalized communities. Part of the problem is a tension we don’t talk about enough: research shows that evoking pity is more likely to raise money for short-term goals and services, but it’s also more likely to more deeply embed stereotypes that make long-term social and policy change more difficult. As organizations wrestle with how to tell stories in an impactful and ethical way, the only clear thing is that social service organizations on a whole aren’t doing enough to put users of services and the people most affected by any given issue in the driver’s seat when it comes to framing and sharing their own stories. In this webinar, we’ll look at the storytelling research and discuss tangible strategies organizations can take to partner with people who use their services to shape the stories they tell both about individuals and about broader policies. This webinar is great both for front-line staff wrestling with how to find and share stories, as well as for communications and development team members. Presenter: Kate Marple, NCMLP’s Director of Communications