• The Storytelling Program

Storytelling Program

Launched in December 2015, the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program highlighted lessons learned by the world’s most extraordinary humanitarian organizations and was itself a mechanism for collaboration. The program was created to amplify the invaluable voices of the communities in which Coalition members lived and worked — and shared lessons learned by those on the ground in these communities both in times of calm and times of disaster. 

Each iteration of the Program featured representatives of participating organizations working in a common region or concentration. Stories were captured through video, audio, print, and other platforms, expanding the global discourse around themes like disaster resilience and recovery. 

Through the Storytelling Program, the Hilton Prize Coalition produced three projects, covering the global refugee crisis, leading thoughts in the humanitarian sector, and the Nepal earthquake in 2015. Read on to learn more about the projects Refuge, Leading Thoughts, and On Shifting Ground.

Refuge Series: Lebanon and Serbia

Syrian refugee women preparing dates for Iftar during Ramadan at the Ward al Makassed women’s community center.

In June 2017, Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program traveled through Lebanon and Serbia to connect with several Coalition member organizations serving the most vulnerable communities among the millions of displaced men, women, and children seeking refuge in places of safety. The series of short films and collected footage provided a glimpse of what humanitarian work looks like today. The films and footage, filmed for Coalition member use, focused on a few days in the life of staff at these organizations working in the region: Humanity & InclusionHelpAge InternationalInternational Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and SOS Children’s Villages.

Visit the Refuge series page


Leading Thoughts Series

In this series of short videos, the Hilton Prize Coalition interviews leaders from Coalition member organizations to share some of what they’ve learned, both in their current roles and from their experiences in the field. These videos can also be found on the Coalition’s Story Wallliving alongside the chorus of voices being shared across the humanitarian sector.

    • Leaders of the Prize-winning NGOs share insights on a variety of topics related to humanitarian work.

      A Contact Sport” Kathy and Bill Magee, Operation Smile

    • Cultures of Care” Shaun O’Leary and Heather Richardson, St. Christopher’s Hospice

Visit the Story Wall


On Shifting Ground: Nepal

The Coalition’s first production was the short documentary film, On Shifting Groundwhich featured six Coalition member organizations, including BRAC, Humanity & Inclusion, Heifer International, HelpAge, Operation Smile, and SOS Children’s Villages, in Nepal that mobilized staff and resources in the world’s response to the great earthquake of 2015. Click here to learn more. 

WATCH: “On Shifting Ground” Short Film


Through the production of the film On Shifting Ground, the Hilton Prize Coalition created a new model for collaboration to achieve collective impact. With tools and support from the Coalition, the organizations featured worked to formalize a collaborative framework around program delivery that arose organically from their participation in this 2015 film. 

Out of this film, the Coalition also created a model and formed new roles for Collaboration Coordinators to foster connections across Coalition member organizations. To learn more about the unique vantage point of the Coalition’s Collaboration Coordinators, read Khady Beye Sow and Sumnima Shrestha’s stories. 

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