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ComNet18 | Trabian Shorters

October 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Communications Network Annual Conference is the premier global leadership gathering for foundation and nonprofit leaders committed to building a better world through the smart and deliberate use of strategic communications.

Join 900+ of your colleagues from influential and consequential organizations around the world to connect, learn, and share.

Breakout Session with Trabian Shorters | Asset Framing: The Other Side of the Game

In the non-profit world, we are often tasked with telling the story of the communities we serve. These narratives are what we use to secure funding, gain publicity, and obtain public support. From the boardroom to the newsroom, foundation and non-profits have historically used tales of deficit and despair to incite action from stakeholders and gain the sympathetic ear of the public – unaware of the stigmatizing effects. Asset framing is the shift to narratives that define a people by their aspirations and assets. Words frame our world. The messages you develop can be monumental or detrimental.

This session will challenge you to evaluate the stories you tell, explore where they came from, and recognize their influence and impact. Applying knowledge from global authorities on cognition, racial narrative, social innovation and engagement, you will learn how to asset frame communities to achieve greater success and improve cultural relations.

Endorsed by leading institutions such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, New Schools Venture Fund and The Heinz Endowments, Asset Framing is a game-changer in communications for foundations and non-profits.

In this workshop, we will explore:

  1. The psychological and cultural power of narrative;
  2. Why deficit framing sabotages equity and how to find smarter solutions; and
  3. How to apply asset framing in communications strategies.


October 12, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am


The Westin St. Francis on Union Square
335 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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