Our story workshops

During our day together, we’ll learn from several storytelling masters. We’ll experience five workshops in the morning which will be repeated in the afternoon so that you’ll get a chance to attend two of the workshops. In addition, during lunch we’ll gather for a keynote session on creating change with stories.

Story workshops

The story workshops will be offered in the morning, and again in the afternoon, so you can attend two of these five storytelling sessions.

Visual storytelling: Beyond the bullet points

Telling your story with pictures doesn’t just add visual interest—images can also carry meaning and emotional weight. We’ll explore the use of comics, infographics, and images to turn public information materials into memorable visual stories. You’ll get tips for developing visual presentations and creative ideas to help you expand your image vocabulary.

Meredith Li-VollmerMeredith Li-Vollmer is a risk communication specialist at Public Health – Seattle & King County and amateur cartoonist. She enjoys using Prezi, blogging, comics, and social media to tell stories about public health.


Lindsy BossletLindsay Bosslet, aka “L-Boss,” is a public information officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County. She loves using humor, unexpected imagery and her very basic understanding of graphic design to make public health messages memorable.


The power of the “outsider” perspective

We all come from some place and travel through different cultures. Stories help us learn about ourselves and others, strengthen resiliency, and see the systems we create more clearly. The challenge of the “outsider” perspective is that you never really feel at home. But the opportunity is that you see the limitations and creative possibilities of the systems we create. Join us as we explore our “outsider” stories to explore and keep what truly matters.

Guru DorjeGuru Dorje emigrated from Nepal to America. The son of Tibetan refugees into Nepal, his life has been filled with change, upheaval, and displacement. As an undocumented immigrant and high-school dropout, he eventually learned to navigate American bureaucracies such as the public school system, immigration, and King County. As a perpetual immigrant, he uses his ‘outsider’ perspective to create new systems where others see intractable permanent structure. Currently he is a special duty PPMIV in King County who is launching new education sites for Employment and Education Resources.

A New Narrative on Taxes, Revenue, and the Role of Government

The discussion on taxes, revenue, and the role of government is lopsided. Political rhetoric, media coverage, and even kitchen table conversations are dominated by the idea that lower taxes are always better and government is big, wasteful, and ineffective. It’s time for a new narrative and strategy. Join us for an interactive workshop on a new communications tool shaped by two years of deep public opinion research in Washington state.

Spencer OlsonSpencer Olson, Director of Washington State’s Communications Hub and Heroes’ Narrative program, brings a rich background in grassroots organizing, community engagement, and political communications to his work developing and implementing story-based messaging for issue campaigns.

Stories that shape safe, equitable and generative spaces

We have a long way to realize the beloved community that Dr. King led the world to hope for.  Although more than 50 years have gone by since his seminal message at the March on Washington, experiencing inclusion, equity and solidarity remain as core challenges for American communities today.  Let’s explore how the power of story can help to bridge intercultural divides and create meaningful and honest spaces where seemingly disparate peoples can design a shared and better expression of the American Dream.

Matthew EchoHawk-HayashiMatthew EchoHawk-Hayashi is the principal organization development and leadership consultant for Headwater People. They help brilliant people do transformational work and offer a variety of strategic consulting services such as organization learning, strategic planning, change management, process design, and designing equitable organizations. His passion is to help connect groups to the core mission of their work through collaborative and innovation and whole organizational health. Matthew and his wife and children make their home in Seattle, Washington.

Writing for the ear: Storytelling for podcasts and small audiences

When we’re telling stories verbally, we’re usually most effective when we speak in our natural voices. Sounds simple—so why is it so hard to avoid sounding “scripted” or like we’re reading a speech?  We’ll explore how to tap into your natural voice, and what makes a script different from other forms of writing stories.

KeithSeinfeldIMG_8209Keith Seinfeld is a communications specialist for Public Health — Seattle & King County.  Previously, during a 20-year journalism career, he became a familiar voice to many Seattle-area public radio listeners as a reporter for KPLU, a local NPR affiliate, where he told news stories about the environment, science and health care.  At KPLU, he also launched the station’s first two blogs, and recently helped launch Public Health’s new blog.

Story Performance:  How to shape stories for impact

Stories foster engagement.  Increase the impact of your stories by developing a story strategy and then artfully choosing and shaping stories that support your intent.  Then, learn to have fun with them as you interact with an audience, relax and present your authentic best.

Sally FoxSally Fox, PhD. is an organizational consultant, facilitator and story coach. She helps professionals, boards and organizations pull their best stories forward as a way to stimulate engagement and better serve stakeholders.  Sally loves bringing skills she has developed in improv theater and performing into the worlds of business, government and strategy.

Lunchtime keynote: Stories that create change

Emmy-nominated visual journalist and filmmaker Tim Matsui will lead us in an exploration of how stories can engage audiences to enlist them as agents of change.
Tim Matsui 2Tim’s stories have strong, character driven narratives that have focused on human trafficking, alternative energy, and the environment. His most recent project, the award-winning documentary feature film The Long Night tells a visceral narrative of domestic minor sex trafficking. Tim’s clients have included Newsweek, Stern, Der Spiegel, GEO, Wired and many other domestic and international publications.

Symposium story catcher

Doug Nathan will emcee and weave story themes throughout the day. As a Conflict Engagement Specialist for the King County Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution, he harnesses the power of stories to help others influence and sustain intentional change.

Doug NathanFor over 18 years, he has worked with both public and private sector organizations helping leaders, managers, and groups improve their results during times of conflict and change. He has worked as a journalist, creative writing teacher, management development consultant, and mediator. His conflict engagement background includes mediating employment and labor disputes, facilitating large-scale multi-party disputes, and designing collaborative processes to renew productive workplaces. He also teaches story classes for King County employees and community partners.