2015 United Story Summit

The 2015 united story Summit provided an interactive space for participants to experience stories, fuse ideas, and produce audience-selected tangible innovations that directly impacted St. Louis’ efforts around race and reconciliation.


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 culminated on November 20-21, 2015 to explore the U/S Summit’s essential question:

How might we more effectively evoke a greater understanding of and response to the social injustices that have emerged over the past year?

U/S Summit Co-Organizer, De Nichols, speaks with Activist Cathy (MaMa Cat) Daniels

U/S Summit Co-Organizer, De Nichols, speaks with Activist Cathy (MaMa Cat) Daniels


See the full schedule: http://summit.unitedstory.org/schedule/

The first day of the two-day Summit (Nov 20, 6-9pm), brought inspiration from a community-based interactive storytelling exhibit, featuring video art, poetic performances, live story-slamming, and visual projects by local St. Louis artists who were responding to social justice issues in the region and across the nation. 

The second day of the U/S Summit (Nov 21, 9am-3pm) gathered 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 joined together with speakers and experts to develop community-created action projects ideas and bring them to life! Through community vote, two ideas were selected to receive incubative support from the Summit’s partners.


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.

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Learn more at unitedstory.org.

2015 United Story Summit was Organized by Cambrie Nelson, De Nichols, and Sophie Lipman and was POWERED BY CIVIC CREATIVES