• 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.

“Refuge” Vignette 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 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: Humanity & InclusionHelpAge International, the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) and SOS Children’s Villages.

Visit the Refuge series page


Video Series: “Leading Thoughts”

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.

Visit the Story Wall

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.

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 are now formalizing a collaborative framework around program delivery that arose organically from their participation in the film.

Infographic_Storytelling_Collaborative Model


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