The Language of Dignified Storytelling

Summary of Consultation #6


Forty-five people joined the final Dignified Storytelling Consultation (of a six-part series) on May 26, 2021 to discuss how we use language and terminology to tell stories about global issues.


Consultation #6, “The Language of Dignified Storytelling,” sought participants’ perspectives on commonly used terms within development and humanitarian sectors. Sharing their experiences from working in communications, content creation, and academia, participants offered advice on language usage guidelines to help storytellers honour human dignity through the words we use.


Outcomes from Consultation #6 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).