About Dignified Storytelling

Bringing together storytellers from across sectors to discuss and shape guidance on storytelling practices that are built on deep respect, full transparency and social responsibility.

Many stories today lack authenticity, transparency, or are driven by ulterior motives which serve a predetermined narrative. These are just some of the few obstacles that get in the way of honest, wholesome and dignified storytelling within development and humanitarian contexts. In order for a piece – be it visual, written or spoken – to reach an audience, it goes through a long process of filtration, revising and editing that sometimes alters the original content and makes it almost fictional. This in turn, ends up painting the wrong picture of the contributors who oftentimes are not aware of where their stories, visual or written, will be displayed and to what purpose will they be used.

Group team photo taken at the Dignified Storytelling Forum, Expo2020 Dubai
Loletekia, Uganda: Members of several pastoralist communities walks on their way to an inter-community peace talks meeting. Credit: FAO

The Pledge​​

Become a Dignified Storyteller. Join the movement.

Join us and let’s together tackle irresponsible storytelling, a practice that has been left unaddressed for far too long. The Dignified Storytelling Pledge is a voluntary commitment by individuals and organizations to contribute to positive change by pledging to tell stories characterized by deep respect, full transparency, and social responsibility. 

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The Dignified Storytelling Handbook

A resource to help storytellers and organizations promote and employ

storytelling practices that are grounded in a deep respect for human dignity

Available for download in English, Arabic, Spanish and French

Dignified Storytelling Principles

 The 10 Dignified Storytelling Principles – developed  in collaboration with Alliance Members, Advisors and Strategic Partners – anchor the entire movement and guide it for years to come.

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