• The Storytelling Program

Storytelling Program

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

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

Syrian refugee women preparing dates for Iftar (breaking the fast) during Ramadan. The women are attending the Ward al Makassed women’s community center, a Beirut-based NGO and partner of HelpAge International.

“Refuge” Vignette Series: Lebanon and Serbia

In June 2017, Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program director, Steve Connors, 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 resulting stories are the basis of the next Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling project, a series of short films that will provide a glimpse of what humanitarian work looks like today. Presented as vignettes, the films will focus on a few days in the life of staff at four Laureate organizations working in the region: Handicap InternationalHelpAge International, the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and SOS Children’s Villages.

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Video Series: “Leading Thoughts”

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

In this series of short videos, Steve Connors interviews leaders from Laureate organizations to share some of what they’ve learned, both in their current roles and from their experiences in the field. These videos are being posted to our Story Wall, to live alongside the chorus of voices being shared across the humanitarian sector.

Storytelling Pilot: “On Shifting Ground” in Nepal

The Coalition’s first production was the short documentary film, On Shifting Ground, about six Coalition member organizations in Nepal that mobilized staff and resources in the world’s response to the great earthquake of 2015. Click here to learn more.

Through the production of the film, The Hilton Prize Coalition created a new model for collaboration to achieve collective impact. With tools and support from the Coalition, the organizations featured are now formalizing a collaborative framework around program delivery that arose organically from their participation in the film.

Infographic_Storytelling_Collaborative ModelWATCH: “On Shifting Ground” Short Film

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