Displacement, Migration, and Dignified Storytelling

Summary of Consultation #5

Over fifty people joined Dignified Storytelling Consultation #5 on April 14, 2021 for a conversation on the challenges and opportunities of telling stories in contexts of displacement and migration. Discussions emphasized the potential for using participatory storytelling methods to help people affected by displacement to tell their own stories.

The Consultation, titled “Displacement, Migration, and Dignified Storytelling,” was the fifth of a six-part series that is being hosted by Dignified Storytelling, an initiative to build momentum and provide resources for storytelling practices that place respect for contributors at the heart of the process and end products. The Consultations serve as one platform for storytelling professionals, including communications specialists, content creators, academics, and journalists, to connect and learn from each other.  

Outcomes from Consultation #5 – along with the other discussions in the series – will help inform the Dignified Storytelling Handbook, which is being developed as part of the wider initiative with support from Dubai Cares, Expo 2020, and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC).

Nearly 70% of participants, who represented international development agencies, INGOs/NGOs, and freelance content creators, were attending a Dignified Storytelling Consultation for the first time.