3 Levels of Ethical Storytelling

The conversation around ethical storytelling has evolved a lot over the years. We used to think of ethical storytelling as a practice of “doing no harm” to our contributors and those featured in the stories. For this, we owe a lot to journalism’s best practices, like getting informed consent, not traumatizing the contributors with insensitive questions, not […]

3 Tips to Avoid Stereotypes in Ethical Storytelling

One of our biggest challenges when writing about culture is avoiding stereotyping that culture. Sometimes our stories sound like stereotypes because we have failed to ask one important question of what we have written: “How do I know what I just wrote is true?” Dani Robbins, a nonprofit strategist, provided a great example of this […]

4 Ways to Balance Discussions of Culture through Ethical Storytelling

I get asked a lot about how to address culture—a group’s shared values and beliefs—through ethical storytelling. Nonprofit staff who are not members of the communities they serve sometimes struggle with authentically describing the role culture plays in their organizations’ work. This apprehension makes sense; there are a lot of good questions around this topic. […]