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Call for proposals: Tell your story of learning at the frontlines of climate and sustainability crises!

Call for proposals (Deadline November 11th, 2022)

What is The Storytelling Initiative? The ‘storytelling initiative’ celebrates the voices and work of those on the frontline in the face of socio-environmental crises like climate change and sustainability. We hope to give these diverse voices a platform to share their stories with the world. To learn more about the creative and impactful work that groups are doing around the world as they learn to contribute to social change, we are offering awards of $3,000 (Canadian) to groups or organizations to produce podcasts that center their stories and voices. This initiative also provides one-on-one and group mentorship along the process of producing your podcast.

Who is behind the Storytelling Initiative? We are a diverse group of researchers and practitioners from McGill University and St. Francis Xavier University with a passion for collective learning, sustainability, and social justice. We offer expertise in working with, and studying the impact of radio, podcasting and other media to promote dialogue and social change.

What is the aim of this initiative? By supporting groups and organisations who are working to address social and environmental crises like the climate crisis we hope to:

– Share and learn from the practices and experiences of collective learning to effect change.

– Draw on these stories to better understand how learning contributes to change. This will involve analyzing the key themes in these stories and identifying new insights that emerge. The research team and podcast producers will all have the opportunity to take part in this step.

What is the award for?

The award is for creating a podcast that is 20-40 minutes in length and participating in a small series of meetings of award winners between December 2022 and March 2023 (exact dates to be agreed). The value of the award is intended to support your group/organization to purchase relevant equipment or software, pay for services or staff time to produce the podcast, or other expenses related to producing, hosting, and promoting your podcast. Exact details on disbursement of the awards will be communicated to selected winners.

Who is an ideal (and eligible) candidate?

– Are directly engaged in this learning or advocacy work

– Propose a compelling story to share

– Are keen to get their stories out more widely

– Are available to commit to the full process (participating in inception meeting, submitting the full podcast, and participating in the final sense-making workshop with other winners)

– Are keen to develop or advance their storytelling/podcast experience

– Have minimum materials available (smartphone, laptop, broadband)

– Can work with our project team in English or French

– Are groups/organizations who are able to submit financial reporting and receive an international funds transfer in the event that they are selected for the award.

Learn more here

How do I apply?

Written applications can be submitted HERE. Alternatively, groups wishing to submit an audio or video-based application can do so at the same link.

What is the selection process?

We are looking for relevant and interesting stories about contributing to social change in the face of environmental, climate and socio-environmental crises, that are coherent, clear, relevant and exciting. We will prioritize a diverse representation of voices. See the eligibility criteria above.

The call will close on 11:59pm EST on November 11th, 2022. Winners will be notified in November 2022.

For more details please contact [email protected] or consult our frequently asked questions page here.

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