Stories Behind The Words

Could learnings from Cole Valley Speaks work for Add The Words?

Cameron Crow
Apr 1 · 2 min read

I stumbled upon the most meaningful work of my life.

I resolved last year to write publicly about everything that I feel strongly about, because it might mean something to someone else out there. I know this has been true for me when others have shared openly.

I wrote about my high school, and now I have a new job.

What I thought would be a quickly passing small-scale scandal has become a movement. I’ve been spending about 10–20 hours on this per week for the last 7 weeks or so. Didn’t expect it AT ALL.

I’ve been experimenting.

I used new tools and techniques to tell my story, turn a vocal response into a movement, help others tell their stories, and harness swelling energy into constructive action. Things have been working surprisingly well.

Marginalized people have a voice now.

And they’re emboldened. This movement is relentless. Other people are listening — they can’t help it. They’re talking about these stories constantly. It’s a spectacle. A discussion has started that wasn’t there before.

Could the model work on other things?

I’m wondering if Cole Valley Speaks is a special scenario. Does it work because the stars aligned and because the spark came from an insider? Or, could the same playbook work for other marginalized groups? And perhaps on a greater scale?

Add The Words as a target?

I’ve been really bothered that Idaho doesn’t protect all people in its Human Rights Act regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. People have been trying to make this happen for years and years, and it’s not happening. My anger is building, and I feel I need to do something.

Can transparent stories increase awareness, consideration, and action here? Please let me know what you think in a comment or in an email to

Cam Crow

Considering ideas and thinking out loud

Cameron Crow

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Cam Crow

Cam Crow

Considering ideas and thinking out loud

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