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Over at Energy Action Coalition, we’ve had tremendous fun with bringing together “Storyteller Teams” at big events. What’s a storyteller team, you ask? It’s a grassroots team of people who are dedicated to using the power of social media to share and promote movement stories from a conference or event. We’ve had kick-ass Storyteller Teams at Power Shift ‘13 and the SF Divestment Convergence, and together, these teams have reached and inspired hundreds of thousands of people.

Storyteller Teams don’t just happen on their own - they require some planning and recruiting and training and good old cat herding. Below are 9 tips (or rather, lessons we’ve learned) for recruiting and unleashing completely all-star storyteller teams.

Post by Mary Schellentrager and Joe Solomon, Energy Action Coalition

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From skin-peeling corrosion to government failure, this short film shows how community members and advocates are taking a stand in the face of this ongoing water crisis in West Virginia. 

Folks in WV are still feeling the impacts from the January 9, 2014 chemical spill into their water supply. The coal and chemical industries responsible for the spill are still shirking their duties to the impacted communities. 

Ways you can still help this crisis: 
1. Donate today!

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Most people know that carbon dioxide is a dangerous climate change causing pollutant. What they don’t know is that there has never been a federal limit on carbon pollution from power plants, meaning they have been given a free pass to recklessly pollute our atmosphere. That’s all about to change. Just yesterday, the EPA introduced draft standards on carbon emissions from existing power plants. This is an incredibly important step (of many!) to solve the climate crisis.

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Spoiler Alert.

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May 22, 2014

I think I should say “SPOILER ALERT” at this point, because what I’m about to say will spoil the way you look at your groundwater forever.

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There is a new generation of young social media storytellers out there - people who are using their design and social media skills to tell the stories of activists and social movements that are giving hope to our time. Often we don't hear about these storytellers, but they are responsible for much of the hopeful stories we see in our social media feeds and they too have stories and valuable reflections to share (often, they're organizers just like the rest of us, too!).

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Last month, the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to name October 13th Indigenous Peoples’ Day as well as Columbus Day. The following blog was written by Will Steger Foundation Equity Consultant, Joe Kruse, and makes clear as day the connection between Columbus Day and the destruction of the fossil fuels industry.

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534 On Tuesday, the White House’s United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released its third National Climate Assessment which represents the most comprehensive evaluation to date of the impacts of climate change on the American people across the nation. This dire new report shows that every region of the country is already impacted by climate change — from drought drying up farmlands, to extreme weather devastating communities, to dirty air and extreme heat days sending people with asthma and respiratory diseases to the emergency room. It also follows a series of other reports released in the past year by the International Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which highlight these impacts globally, what we can expect if we don’t act, and what our options are to avoid the worst of these scenarios. 

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