Organizations working across the humanitarian continuum face increasing pressure from stakeholders to leverage resources for projects and programs more efficiently while continuing to produce measurable outcomes. Meanwhile, competition for resources, as well as the day-to-day demands of mission-driven work, can result in a perceived need for organizations to forgo collaboration and perform their work in a vacuum, isolated from other actors in the space.
The Hilton Prize Coalition, an independent alliance of 21 best-in-class organizations, developed a model for collaboration to address this challenge that centers on the act of storytelling. This model leverages the connecting power of sharing experiences--as well as shared experience--to break through that isolation and provide an accessible framework that would bring organizations to a place of greater understanding, foster communication, and build trust. The Storytelling Collaborative Model is grounded in the belief that the connections made and lessons revealed through this storytelling framework have the potential to facilitate and activate greater programmatic and organizational collaboration for collective impact within organizations and in the communities they serve.
A pilot project of this Storytelling Collaborative model was launched in Nepal in early 2016, with transformative results for the six organizations that participated and their communities. The steps, as demonstrated through the pilot project, are outlined here.
The Storytelling Collaborative model was designed to be replicable and scalable; any group of organizations unified by shared concentration or regional focus would be able to implement and benefit from this model. Therefore, support received will help to implement a new iteration of the model through a new collaborative storytelling project. Should this proposal be given the opportunity to move forward, the focus and setting of the proposed project would be determined in the next phase. Through this model, the Hilton Prize Coalition aims to build a storytelling movement that catalyzes collaborations across the world.