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Let's explore storytelling as a tool for protest, resistance, and advocacy by listening to novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as she "tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice--and warns that if we hear only a single story...we risk a critical misunderstanding." (From the TED website.)  A transcript of her incredible talk can be found here:

Here's a rationale for this exploration, courtesy of Francisco G: 
Adichie's "single story" thesis is central to the essence of our new NDSG design.  In the past, we've always listened to others' stories about their work as progressive educators, community builders, etc.  The new design offers an opportunity for participants to not only listen to others' stories, but more importantly to look deeply at their own story--an intentional attempt to go beyond the single story paradigm.  So, not only is Adichie's talk immensely interesting, but it may also be integral to the emerging NDSG approach. 


I look forward to reading your thoughts (and your stories)!


In solidarity,



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There so many reasons that this piece speaks to me--to who I am at my core.  Most relevant perhaps, at least within the context of NDSG, is the fact that it challenges the notion that there is a 'single story' of democracy.

Esther,  This story is a gripping challenge to all who  view it.  I purposely chose to read it first and will go back to hear it later!  I immediately reviewed my time with students who brought aspects of their stories daily whether in their written work, their oral comments and questions or in their writing.  As teacher's how often do we take a single element and create "a Single Story" of  a child. "oh they come from a single parent household and therefore  . . .  or their parents are white and  affluent and therefore. .   NO CHILD HAS A SINGLE STORY, WOW!


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