Getting to the heart of the matter through stories

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If you’re like many global development professionals, you spend much of your days sitting through meetings, writing and reading endless emails, and keeping track of the constant pinging of your phone.

Consider, then, the opportunity you have when writing a story about your organization’s work. It is a chance for you to reconnect with what inspired you to work in development in the first place. Your own inspiration can, in turn, galvanize others to support your organization.

About the author

  • Paul VanDeCarr

    Paul is a writer, editor, and communications trainer who has worked for the U.N. Development Programme, UNFPA, UNICEF, and the U.N. Secretariat. He authored a pair of guides on "Philanthropy and the SDGs" for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and has consulted with foundations on how to align their work with the SDGs. Previously, he has worked in the fields of oral history, theater, and documentary film, and wrote a guide for Working Narratives on "Storytelling and Social Change."