This summer, QC Family Tree has been visiting folks' backyards in order to facilitate a discussion surrounding anti-racism, affordable housing, and taking action in Charlotte. While sitting around enjoying a brew or a fizzy water, we begin reimagining narratives through counter-storytelling. The back porch becomes a place to transform the story we know, i.e. the dominant narrative or stock story, into including what may have been covered up, a.k.a, the concealed story, as well as the resistance story, which describes folks taking back the narrative, and finally, the transformation story, the one that helps us to reimagine a future with honest storytelling and flourishing communities.
At the end of the evening, we ask folks to give us a "grade" through the Stamps of Impactful framework. These stamps were adapted by Helms from Animating Democracy, with the goal of informing and inspiring reflection, dialogue, and description in mind for speakers and audiences alike. The categories are as follows:
By giving us a colorful Stamp of Impactfulness on a poster at the end of the discussion, the attendees of the salon are able to reflect on what they learned from our time together, what they yearn to learn more of, and what action they plan on taking. We as QC Family Tree are able to reflect on how we achieved (or didn't) our own goals for the discussion and how we improve for the next salon.