What stories are told, and
how they are told, matters
THe Principles

Dignified Storytelling

What stories are told – and how they are told – matters.

Dignified Storytelling is a platform that fosters a common understanding of how storytelling can and should instill as well as maintain the dignity of all persons, while striving to create an environment of positivity that strengthens long-term relationships between the public, private and the development sectors. Dignified Storytelling was born out of the need to fill gaps in advocacy, knowledge-sharing, and available resources through the consultative development of a accessible and practical foundational Principles and a Dignified Storytelling Handbook.

 

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Education Response for Children Affected by Indonesia’s Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami.
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Loletekia, Uganda: Members of several pastoralist communities walks on their way to an inter-community peace talks meeting. Credit: FAO

The Pledge

Dignified Storytelling is calling upon the global community to join hands and tackle irresponsible storytelling, a practice that has been left unaddressed for far too long. We invite all storytellers, governments, agencies, and civil society to commit to the Dignified Storytelling pledge in an effort to instill an understanding and practice of storytelling that brings us together and reminds us of our shared humanity.

Events at Expo 2020 Dubai

Dignified Storytelling is featured across Expo 2020’s rich calendar of specialist programming, which reflects and celebrates the spirit of Dignified Storytelling throughout the 6-month event. Encompassing cultural, social, economic, environmental and UAE-based themes, the program series has been curated in close collaboration with Expo’s International and Non-Official Participants, International Organizations, Commercial Partners, as well as various UAE entities, and seeks to garner solidarity around global challenges, spotlight areas of mutual interest and importance, and ensure the emergence of a meaningful legacy at the national, regional and international level.

 

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Sarah Gavinala with her husband Witinesi and their son

Dignified Storytelling Forum

The Dignified Storytelling Forum will take place at the Expo 2020 Dubai Exhibition Center on Friday, 10 December 2021. It will mark Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Forum is part of Expo 2020’s rich calendar of specialist programming, which reflects and celebrates the spirit of Dignified Storytelling throughout the 6-month event. 

 
Through the lens of
Sustainable Development
Prioritizes dignity &
respect for the subject
Accessible & practical
Dignified Storytelling Handbook
Concrete best practice
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