SXSW: Storytelling for Change
Last summer, Wendy Davis rose to political prominence after a filibuster against an abortion bill rallied the state, the country, and the world to pay attention to what was happening in Texas politics. One of the most famous, and most commonly shared, photos from that summer came from Erik Vidor.
Jessica Luther and Julie Gillis were two of the activists on the ground during the special sessions. Their panel, “Can Stories Turn Texas Blue? Digital Media and HB2” was a conversational style panel aimed at audience engagement.
And even though it was 5 p.m. on the final day of Interactive, the room filled up.
It started with a discussion and recap of exactly what happened last summer, and the important role of social media in making the “citizen filibuster” possible.
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The panel then opened to discussion, and audience members told their stories about coming to the Capitol or how they got involved.
Then discussion turned to what was next and how the momentum of the summer could be kept alive.
Julie Gills, who runs a storytelling group in Austin called Bedpost Confessions, had advice on how to help tell your story.
Not only did the panel stay lively and energetic the whole time, but it also stayed full.