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Mission

Our Vision

Build a committed community of storytellers

Good stories make good friends. Family, friends and neighbors are drawn together and want to tell their stories when you have the desire and courage to share your own. Sharing your story can motivate the communities you belong to and believe in change the world.

Discover hope from ordinary experts

Ordinary Expert (ór-dä- ner’ -ê ek’- spert): “One who has intimate first-hand experience of a subject that comes from direct participation”

Our mission is to create a platform where you can share the wisdom gained from your position as an insider. You know the score. Sidebar Stories honor your insight and use the power of art to make your message visible. Speak out as an ordinary expert with authority about things that impact your life.

Change the conversation about things that matter.

As an ordinary expert, your story carries a different authority than professionals who may serve political, personal or economic agendas by telling your story from their point of view. We want to make your story available as only you can tell it to people who are in a position to make decisions and make a difference based on the lessons you’ve learned and share in a sidebar story.

Our STRATEGY

DISCOVERING HOPE FROM ORDINARY EXPERTS

Ordinary Expert (ór-dä- ner’ -ê ek’- spert): “One who has intimate first-hand experience of a subject that comes from ongoing participation”

Our mission is to create a platform where you can share the wisdom gained from your position as an insider. You know the score. Sidebar Stories honor your insight and use the power of art to make your message visible. Speak out as an ordinary expert with authority about things that impact your life.

Release the power of art for good.

Visual storytelling cuts through our rationalizations and the time it takes to listen, watch or read a story. Bring your own truth to life through hand drawn art as a storyboard to shape dominant social narratives.

Art communicates the courage, paradox, passion and vulnerability missing in words and numbers alone. Everyone has a story and everyone can draw. With the help of other ordinary experts and Sidebar Story volunteers, you will discover a creative capacity that may have been lost or forgotten. Get ready to be surprised by the stories that live inside you and your talent as a visual storyteller.

Collect and exhibit visual stories from real life.

When you are the artist and author of your own story, you get to make up the next chapter. You already know where your story needs to go. We help you own and and draw your story. We then deliver your story to those who need to hear. “Tell your Story. Find your Tribe. Make your Mark.” workshops teach a storytelling format and group process that encourages creative expression.

Support Social Benefit Organizations

Ordinary experts inform nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations about the lives and causes they serve. Sidebar Stories are an effective way to show others the need for the work you do. Contact us to learn how you can host a storytelling workshop to collect sidebars related to your case to be used for community awareness and fundraising.

Share your story with us!  Attend or host a Storytelling Workshop and create your own Sidebar Story.
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