About this course

This is the second class in the Public Narrative courses series

In the first class, Story of Self, you learned how to craft a story to convey what your call to leadership is. In the second training, you will learn the purpose of and how to develop the Story of Us. The pedagogical approach used in this workshop is: explain, model, practice, debrief then repeat. Practice and iteration are key for the mastery of this art, for your story will only get better as you practice it on the listeners you are trying to motivate. It is not going to get perfected in your head. And with each new campaign or goal, you will have a different audience to motivate and you’ll want to practice your story to adapt it to that new audience.

What you will learn in this course

In this second class, you will learn how to connect their Story of Self to the group’s story, the Story of Us. The purpose of the Story of Us is to breathe life into a community with shared experiences and shared values. From these shared values, you would call upon your constituency, community, or organization to work on a shared goal.

  • Shared values

    Learn to identify shared experiences and shared values for the Story of Us

  • Connection

    Learn to connect the Story of Self to the Story of Us to motivate people to join you in achieving a collective purpose

  • 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

    Required readings, videos, and quizzes before Zoom meeting

    • 2.0. Reading the participant guide

    • Quiz 1: Participant guide questions

    • 2.1. Introduction to the story of us

    • 2.2.1. Harvey Milk video debrief

    • 2.2.2 Luton video debrief

    • 2.2.3 Susan Camp Obama video debrief

    • 2.2.4. Valeri Kaur video debrief

    • Quiz 2: Valarie Kaur video

  • 3

    Zoom coaching session

    • Zoom coaching session

  • 4

    Other optional materials - Other useful public narrative examples

    • "Public Narrative Classes" Facebook group