Telling the Story of What Works: Can a Focus on Solutions Help Bridge Political Divides in America?


Friday, January 29, 4:30 p.m.
Filmmaker Lodge

We know more than ever about what works to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. Social entrepreneurs, researchers, forward-thinking mayors, and others are using evidence and data to change lives, and the growing movement for data-driven, evidence-based policy making is nearing a tipping point. So how do we help spread these solutions more widely and rapidly across the country and make elected leaders pay closer attention to these successes? Could film and storytelling play a role in spotlighting successful examples of what inspires government leaders to act differently, and could this focus help bridge our country’s political divide?

This panel will highlight new and powerful approaches to getting better results, spotlight leaders who have the courage to use evidence and data to do what works, explore the ways that storytelling can help shift political thinking, and, ultimately, look at how this kind of solutions-oriented approach could move our nation beyond partisanship.

Moderator: Pat Mitchell
Panelists: David Bornstein (New York Times, Solutions Journalism), Daniel Stid (Hewlett Foundation), John Giles (mayor, Mesa, Arizona), Tony Yarber (mayor, Jackson, Mississippi), Tiffany Cooper Gueye (BELL)
Presented by Results for America.

SECTION Hosted Presentations

COUNTRY Friday, January 29, 4:30 p.m., Filmmaker Lodge, Park City

RUN TIME 90 min