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Mural in Tel Aviv by the African Refugee Women’s Collective and public street artist Mia Schon. Photo by Antoine Merour on Unsplash

By Alice Sachrajda & Thomas Coombes

How can civil society groups and charities apply narrative work in practice? Based on our work with migration groups in the UK during the pandemic, we believe a crucial step is more narrative synergy between organisations that share the same values. Scroll right to the end for practical steps and more information about how you can get involved in collective narrative change.

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Thomas Coombes

Founder, Hope-based comms. Human rights strategist. Blogging about world literature in my spare time.

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