Global Story Institute: Reframing cultural issues for our time

What we do

We develop media materials to use in everyday conversations for United Nations negotiations.
​The Global Story Institute re-frames the issues to encourage traditional family values.
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Mission Statement

To create inviting media that encourages traditional family values as relevant solutions to current political issues

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How You can help

Become familiar with
current political issues

Learn the effectiveness of traditional family values as solutions

Share our media materials to help others understand the importance of the Family

Send us a message below if you would like to join the Global Story Institute Team, or share with us your ideas

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Benefits of Story Institute internships

Participation in world-wide media campaigns

Potential opportunities to attend and present personal projects at the UN in New York City, Washington D.C. and other conferences

Personal mentor ship and correlation with Story Institute Advisory Team members

Work flexibly while on-campus at BYU-I with options for remote internship work


Meet your team

Abram Rice


Alan Neves

Advisory Board Member
Alan Neves is a Southern Utah University graduate in broadcast journalism. He also has a Master of Fine Arts from the University Of Utah, where he studied film and media arts, with an emphasis in documentary production. He comes to BYU from KSL Television where he has worked for the past 23 years in a variety of assignments in storytelling, television news production, satellite truck operations, and others. Before that, he worked at KUTV News. He is a 3 time Emmy winning photojournalist, and has covered news and documentary assignments in many places all over the world. He has had a roll in 30+ documentaries over the years for KSL, and others as part of freelance efforts. His favorite shooting location has been Jerusalem, with its unique religious influence and culture, past and present.

Amanda Oaks

UN representative for The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society and the UN Sustainable Families Group. Amanda is a graduate of Brigham Young University Law School with a focus on international law and family policy. She has a passion for humanitarian work and philanthropy and have worked extensively with various international aid organizations.

Angela Fallentine

New York-based writer who focuses on family, religious and social issues. She is an analyst specializing in UN Research & Strategic Development for United Families International. Her career has been in international and public affairs, including being the assistant to the former White House Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bush, Sr.

Anne Metcalf

Product manager and public outreach specialist for Anne oversees the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of learning and training products for FamilySearch.

Carol Rice

Vice-President, Story Institute. Director of Communications and Outreach for United Families International. Her career in sales and marketing has specialized in training and using the power of story. She has helped thousands of organizations and individuals share their stories.

Leigh Anne Wilkes

Founder/Creator of the successful blog “” She has been a pioneer in the “Mommy blogger” world.

Marcia Barlow

President, Story Institute. Vice President of International Programs for United Families International. She is an author of the United Families International’s series: Guide to Family Issues and directs the development and updating of the UN Negotiating Guide.

Wendy Wixom

U.N. Representative for the International Organization of Families and has a Bachelors Degree from BYU-I. Her expertise includes graphic design and website design.

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