United Story Summit 2015 Friday, November 20, 2015 (6:00-9:00 PM) Center For Social Empowerment and Justice at Wellspring Church 33 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135 Saturday, November 21, 2015 (9:00 AM- 3:00 PM) Regional Arts Commission 6128 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63112 The Fall 2015 United Story Summit bridges narratives and perspectives across communities to create innovative approaches to social and civic topics that concern them. After a year-long series of engagements with digital stories and narrative projects regarding race and social justice issues within the United States, the 2015 U/S Summit culminates to provide interactive space for participants to experience the stories, fuse ideas, and produce collaborative solutions. U/S Summit attendees stand the chance to have their ideas chosen by audience vote to be developed and actualized with support by the Summit’s organizers, sponsors, and partners. Join us November 20-21 to explore the 2015 U/S Summit’s essential question: “How we might more effectively evoke a greater understanding of and response to the race and social justice challenges that have emerged over the past year?” On the first day of the two-day Summit (November 20th from 6pm to 9pm), get inspired from a community-based interactive storytelling exhibit, featuring video art, poetic performances, live story-slamming, and visual projects by local St. Louis artists who have responded to social justice issues in the region and across the nation. The second day of the U/S Summit (November 21st from 9am to 3pm) will gather attendees for a discussion and innovation lab inspired by the Summit’s theme and the topics, challenges, and opportunities exhibited in the previous night. Participants will join together with speakers and experts to develop community-created action projects ideas and bring them to life! Through community vote, one novel idea will be selected to receive incubative support from the Summit’s partners. About United Story United Story partners with communities to champion their stories as the way to address social topics that matter to them. Powered by the social design firm, Civic Creatives, United Story collects narratives surrounding a social concern, creates inspiring art from these narratives, and gathers the community together to hear, see, and interact with these stories. It then fosters community-owned action in the form of solutions generated in on-the-spot community innovation labs. Rather than creating yet another new “project,” United Story facilitates the organization of stories and the catalyzing of story-based solutions.