**Remember: Changing language, without shifting policies & practices, is not change.**

Resource list: Communicating social change        1

Resource List: Communicating about COVID-19        6

Resource List: Communicating about the climate crisis        8

Professional do-gooders, here’s 14 ways to be in action against anti-Black racism globally, by the Healing Solidarity Advisory Group (See Healing Solidarity’s anti-racist reading list here for the global development sector.)

Messaging This Moment: Mobilizing Our Base and Persuading the Middle on Policing, Protest and Racial Injustice, by the Race Class Narrative and Anat Shenker Osorio Communications (trusted)

10 Tips for Organisations who want to state their solidarity with Black Communities, by Ladders4Action. (See also ‘Do No Harm: Guidance for white allies who are trying to help’)

How to talk someone out of bigotry, Vox (on deep canvassing)

When you’re ready to make sure your organization gets serious about anti-oppression and equity-based communications, McKensie Mack can help: www.mckensiemack.com


Resource list: Communicating social change

Telling truer stories of how we change the world, Jennifer Lentfer, Thousand Currents blog

[4-part webinar series] Changing the narrative: Weaving #ShiftThePower throughout the #Globaldev sector, hosted by Jennifer Lentfer and sponsored by the Global Fund for Community Foundations

Voices: The building blocks of social change, Nomvula Dlamini, Community Development Resource Centre

The damage aid workers can do - with just their words, Tammam Aloudat

Can anybody hear me? How white nonprofit writing standards erase BIPOC voices — and why that is definitely not ok, Yolanda Contreras, Community-Centric Fundraising

Race and representation in NGO storytelling: responses to 5 frequently asked questions, by Jess Crombie, Rachel Erskine, Ivy Lahon, Natalie Lartey, Janice Njoroge, and Kate McCoy

“In other words” newsletter by Ruth Taylor

Reimaging Human Rights: A Global Creative Challenge, Fine Acts

The Storytellers’ Guide to Changing Our World, Culture Surge

The age of the influencer, Jessica Horn, Africa is a country, and A response to ‘The age of the feminist influencer’, Sista*Seeker

Reimaging nonprofit communications in a hyper-connected world, Jennifer Lentfer, how-matters.org

From megaphone to mosaic: five principles for narrative communications, by Alice Sachrajda & Thomas Coombes

On Message: Sisonke Msimang on how to 'shake things up' in your communications, Devex

10 “big picture” communications questions for the social good sector, Jennifer Lentfer, how-matters.org

Defining Responsible Storytelling in a Digital Era, by Jed Miller for Transparency & Accountability Initiative

Rewriting the Narrative: How Social Change Organizations Are Bringing Communities Inside Writers Rooms, Jamilah King

Muganzi M. Isharaza (2019) Hierarchies of Editorial Power in International NGOs, Journalism Studies, 20:12, 1764-1781, DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2019.1638296 (Summary article from the Humanitarian News Research Network here.)

Messaging this Moment Handbook, Center for Community Change

Creating an Ecosystem for Narrative Power, ReFrame

How to Use Stories to Bring ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ Together, in SSIR

Story-based Strategy Tools & Resources, Center for Story-Based Strategy

Storytelling & Social Change: A Strategy Guide for Grantmakers, Working Narratives

Public Narrative: Self, Us & Now, Marshall Ganz

Culture Hacking Method - Toolkit 1.0, The Rules

A Guide to Hope-based Communications, OpenGlobalRights

The Development Element: Guidelines for the future of communicating about the end of global poverty, by Jennifer Lentfer of how-matters.org and the Spring 2014 International Development Communications class of Georgetown University's Public Relations Masters Program

A Practical Guide for Communicating Global Justice & Solidarity: An alternative to the language of development, aid and charity, Framing Matters for Health Poverty Action

More than words: How communicating our shared values and mutual connections can bring hope for a new tomorrow, Thomas Paine Initiative

Charities must ‘unlearn’ some of the ways they communicate, Harriet Whitehead

#ThisIsWhatFeministLeadershipLooksLike: feministleadership.org 

When the hero is the problem, Rebecca Solnit

Sidekick Manifesto

Hope-based Comms

Change the Story: Harnessing the power of narrative for social change, New Tactics in Human Rights

[Webinar Series] Communicating Human Rights and Social Change: A Dialogue Series Among Funders, Human Rights Funders Network

Be the narrative: How changing the narrative could revolutionize what it means to do human rights, JustLabs and the Fund for Global Human Rights

Mindset Shifts: What Are They? Why Do They Matter? How Do They Happen?, FrameWorks

Stories Worth Telling: A Guide to Strategic and Sustainable Nonprofit Storytelling, Meyer Foundation

Hatch for Good: Tell stories with purpose

Storytelling for Good, ComNet


Stop Raising Awareness Already and The Science of What Makes People Care, by Ann Christiano & Annie Neimand

Edward Ademolu & Siobhan Warrington. (2019) Who Gets to Talk About NGO Images of Global Poverty?, Photography and Culture, 12:3, 365-376.

10 Best Practices for NGOs to Consider When Working with Photographers and Photography, Center for Victims of Torture

You’ve been reframed: How ought beneficiaries be represented in fundraising materials?, Rogare

Putting People in the Pictures First, Bond UK’s ethical guidelines for the collection and use of content (images and stories)

GlobalGiving Community Photo Standards

Ethical Content Guidelines: Upholding the rights of the people in the pictures in content gathering, management and use, Oxfam International 2020

The People in the Pictures: Vital perspectives on Save the Children’s image making

'International development' is a loaded term. It's time for a rethink, by Jennifer Lentfer

What Complexity Science Teaches Us About Social Change, by Virginia Lacayo

The Art of Communicating Complexity, by Davina Stanley

Sharing good news helps break down the myth of our own powerlessness, by Francis Moore Lappé

What's so special about storytelling for social change? OpenDemocracy

How to Write About Africa, by Binyavanga Wainaina in Granta

Means, ends, and poverty porn, Jennifer Lentfer, Thousand Currents blog

#PowerShifts Resources: Reclaiming Representation, From Poverty to Power

My Mom Interned at a Non-Profit and Now All Her Emails are Different, McSweeney's

#GivingTuesday is over: Now what to do about those objectionable fundraising messages, Jennifer Lentfer, how-matters.org

A Progressive’s Style Guide, Sum of Us

How the everyday use of militaristic jargon makes us more combative”, Waging Nonviolence

No more stolen stories”, La Cieba (See resource list at end.)

Frameworks Institute toolkits

Talking about [U.K.] poverty, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Bluffer’s Guide to Framing 2020, Sho Konno

Narrative Initiative resources


When you’re ready to hire creatives from the Global South, see: www.womenwhodraw.com and www.womenphotograph.com

Resource List: Communicating about COVID-19

3 strategies for staying in a common good frame when communicating in the toughest times (basic) and Framing COVID-19, The Frameworks Institute

[U.S.] National COVID-19 Messaging Document by the Race Class Narrative and Anat Shenker Osorio Communications (trusted)

Making meaning in a global pandemic, Narrative Initiative

A Movement Moment: Narrative in the Time of Corona, ReFrame

How to Talk About COVID-19: Narratives to Support Good Decision-Making and Collective Action, by The Workshop, New Zealand (recommended) See their great Checklist for COVID-19 Communications here!

This is a love story: thinking globally during COVID19, Global Dashboard

No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists, The Center for Cultural Power

Telling the Right Story on Race During COVID-19, Color of Change

Represent Together: A Messaging Guide for Wellness and Safety, Power California

How to Talk About COVID-19, Uplift

8 tips for framing COVID-19, lla Saltmarshe

Communications in the midst of COVID-19: Five things leaders and organizations can do now, Bilen Mesfin Packwood

Talking About COVID-19: A Call for Racial, Economic, and Health Equity, The Opportunity Agenda

COVID-19 - Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources, Racial Equity Tools

10 Ways Inclusive Leaders Can Mitigate Bias When Communicating About Coronavirus, Minal Bopaiah and Sabine Marx

Social Justice in a Time of Social Distancing, Design Studio for Social Intervention

War metaphors used for COVID-19 are compelling but also dangerous, Costanza Musu

COVID-19: Militarise or Organise?, WILPF International

For Budding Researchers like Me, COVID-19 Is a Lesson in Science Communication, Adeline Williams, Scientific American

Unimaginable Times: An evolving resource, Public Interest Research Centre, U.K.

How Progressives Should Talk About COVID-19, Anthony Torres

Covid-19 – an unfolding story that hasn’t been written yet. How can we shape the narrative?, Alice Sachrajda

Framing a Community Response to COVID 19, Australian Progress

Primer to leadership in a time of coronavirus COVID-19, Australia reMADE

How can I / my organisation respond to COVID-19? (includes messaging guide crowdsourced  in Australia)

Tips to manage your nonprofit’s communications during the COVID-19 crisis, Big Duck

Talking about health, housing, and COVID-19: Keeping equity at the forefront, Berkeley Media Studies Group

Guide to Covering Pandemic Flu, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers, National Association of School Psychologists

Progressive Framing of the Coronavirus Pandemic, compilation of resources by The Commons Social Change Library

COVID-19 Crisis Comms Triage Kit, The Communications Network

Resource List: Communicating about the climate crisis

The Fight for Climate Justice Requires a New Narrative, by Mary Annaïse Heglar in Inverse (See also: Mary Annaïse Heglar Needs You to Give a Shit About Fighting Climate Change)

The conventional wisdom on how to talk about climate change? It’s wrong., Kate Yoder on Faith Kearns’ new book, Getting to the Heart of Science Communication: A Guide to Effective Engagement, Grist

In 2030, we ended the climate emergency. Here’s how, Eric Holthaus, The Correspondent

Hopepunk and Solarpunk: On Climate Narratives That Go Beyond the Apocalypse, Literary Hub

How to make people care about climate change? Tell it one story at a time. Grist

How should we talk about what’s happening to our planet? Washington Post

Recovering a narrative of place - stories in the time of climate change, The Conversation

An Optimist's Guide to Solving Climate Change and Saving the World, Vice

The Climate Chat: An everyday guide to the science of talking about climate change

‘That’s the power of talking about it’: How climate activists can communicate better, Pacific Standard

Climate Change in the American Minds, March 2018 Survey

Video: 10 principles to communicate climate change, Resource Media

Your Rich Friend Who Goes On Ski Holidays Could Save the Planet, Vice

How to talk to kids about climate change without scaring them, Mashable

To Tell the Story of Biodiversity Loss, Make It About Humans, New York Times

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment, The Guardian UK

The one sure way to convince a climate denier, Grist

Does the term “climate change” need a makeover? Some think so - here’s why, CBS News

I work in the environmental movement. I don’t care if you recycle. By Mary Annaise Heglar in Vox

Why a hipster, vegan, green tech economy is not sustainable, by Vijay Kolinjivadi in Al Jazeera

Some Compelling Reasons Not to Give Up on Solving Climate Change, by Shayla Love in Vice

Climate Visionaries Artists’ Project, Greenpeace

More on communications in philanthropy, global development, and nonprofits from how-matters.org here: http://www.how-matters.org/category/dev-comms/ 

and list curator Jennifer Lentfer’s communications strategy, coaching, and facilitation services here: http://www.how-matters.org/services/