Mac n’ Cheese–A Venue for Our Stories
Mac n’ Cheese Mondays is a monthly lunch series for the non-profit organizations located in the Community and Saranac buildings. Over salad, a creative spin on the classic dish, and a dessert, these organizations present about their contributions to the Spokane region. Each presentation is produced for radio and aired on KYRS every the first Monday of the month at 1:00pm and is available as a podcast on the Community Building website.
Representatives from nearly all organizations in our community have presented over the past two years about the history and impact of their programs. So, the Community Building staff gathered last fall and started imagining possibilities for the next iteration of Mac n’ Cheese. We discussed ways to continue nurturing this spirit of community and celebrating the individuals who make good things happen.We decided to harness the power of story for Mac n’ Cheese 3.0. To initiate this new focus, Heather Box and Julian Mocine-McQueen facilitated a Storytelling for Change workshop on February 4th and again on February 5th. Heather and Julian are founders of the Million Person Project, whose goal is to empower change makers to powerfully present their personal stories as it relates to their work and their vision for the world.
Each organization nominated at least one staff member, and a total of thirty-one people participated in the storytelling workshop. From 8-5 each day, Heather and Julian led us to reflect on our most meaningful life experiences as a way to determine what sparked us to pursue our current work. In addition to teaching us how to tell a moving story and make a call to action, the workshop helped us know and understand each other better. It seems that the work many of us do, though different in the day-to-day, is often fueled by a similar passion—we want to make the world better, and we want to become better people and share our stories in the process.