There’s a lot of talk these days about fake news and false narratives. While false narratives are rooted in the centuries-old concept of propaganda, their use seems to have become more pronounced (and disturbing) in recent years.
This trend is generating legitimate concern among nonprofits, foundations, public agencies and others working to promote positive social change, who often find themselves at a significant disadvantage in countering false narratives. Such is the case with the false conflation of gun violence and mental illness; a narrative made all the more disturbing because people with a lived experience of mental illness are far more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.
Kevin Kirkpatrick, has written an article on this subject. The article, published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, offers real insights that are relevant to all social purpose organizations and advocates. It highlights the importance of advancing narrativesthat are grounded in values and supported by fact.
Read the full article here.