About this course

This is the third class in the Public Narrative courses series

In the Story of Us, you learned how we as a community with shared values begin to care together. And those shared values create an “Us” that is facing a challenge for which we need to act. In the Story of Now, you are calling upon the community to join you in action since the challenge cannot be addressed but through collective action. However, to create an effective Story of Now to mobilize the community you will need to bring a sense of urgency for your community to pay attention. You need to explain why we must make the choice to act now instead of waiting until a later time.

What you will learn in this course

This virtual class is the third part of the full three-part course on Public Narrative which includes the stories of Self, Us, and Now. The full course leverages the story of Self for people to connect to the speaker authentically, the story of Us for the group to experience what connects them to each other as a community and makes this their challenge, and the story of Now which conveys the urgency of why we need to collectively act now

  • Story telling

    Learn to craft a Story of Now that conveys urgency, agency, and hope

  • Connection

    Learn to connect all three stories – Self, Us, and Now into a single public narrative

  • Communication

    Enhance your communication skills to be an effective leader

  • Coaching

    Learn to develop effective listening and coaching skills


Sandy Dang


Sandy is a social entrepreneur, inspiring speaker, experienced executive, and leadership trainer. For thirteen years, Sandy was a Founder and former Executive Director of Asian American LEAD, a nonprofit that aimed to move refugee children out of poverty through education. In 2010, she served as a Presidential Appointee on the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF). Sandy has received numerous awards for her outstanding public leadership, including being named Washingtonian of the Year in 2001.

Nizar Farsakh


Nizar is a trainer on leadership, negotiations, and advocacy with extensive experience in the public and civil society sectors. He worked in the Middle East, North Africa, and the US. Nizar teaches negotiations at George Washington’s Elliot School of International Affairs and is involved in several non-violence initiatives in Palestine/Israel and the US.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction and course logistics

    • Student Walk through - How to use the course player

    • Course Introduction

    • Course syllabus

    • How to finish the course 100% and get a certificate

    • How to select your Zoom training date

  • 2

    Story Of NOW

    • 3.0. Reading the participant guide and and revise your story of Self and Story of Us

    • Quiz 1: Participant guide questions

    • 3.1.1. Theory of change i.e. Strategy

    • 3.1.2. What is the Motivating Vision

    • 3.1.3. Action Inhibitors vs. Action Motivators

    • 3.2.1. The girl effect video debrief

    • 3.2.2. Ghandi video debrief

  • 3

    Linking SELF, US, and NOW

    • 4.1.1. Maung-Nyeu video debrief

    • 4.1.2. James Croft video debrief

    • Quiz 2: Story of now and linking

  • 4

    Required “Story of SELF, US, NOW, and Linking” practice before Zoom meeting

    • Draft a 3 minute “Story of Self, Us, and Now” video

    • How to Record with Zoom

    • Video Release Form

    • Upload your story of Self, Us, and Now video

  • 5

    Zoom coaching session

    • Zoom coaching session

  • 6

    Other optional materials - Other useful public narrative examples

    • "Public Narrative Classes" Facebook group