June 2021: the storytelling initiative is open
tell your story of agrobiodiversity to the world

Your opportunity. Filmmakers, artists, writers, and photographers are joining food systems experts from across the globe in defense of agrobiodiversity.

You can work in tandem with The Lexicon on an unprecedented initiative to support agrobiodiversity. The initiative features partners working in every sector of global food systems. Together, these “food stories without borders” will capture amazing crops with the power to combat hunger, support indigenous cultures, respond to climate change, promote biodiversity, provide women with livelihoods, and support healthier and more secure food systems.

Join us. We are looking for young, enthusiastic storytellers (photographers, filmmakers, writers, designers, illustrators) from all over the world, passionate about food, climate action and change.

To apply, participants are required to fill the form and include a short summary (not  mandatory) of the story they want to tell, where, which crop, and why. 

Participants will also upload a portfolio of their work to support the summary – including images and videos and other creative formats (Behance format). 

See the submission requirements for further details.

Total Storytelling Masterclass. A select group of storytellers will be offered to participate in The Lexicon’s online Reawakened Total Storytelling Masterclass.

Led by Douglas Gayeton, The Lexicon’s co-founder and chief lexicographer, the masterclass will offer an online certificate program that provides storytellers with world-class tools for telling and sharing inspiring stories of food system transformation. Upon completing the program, they will join farmers, chefs, agronomists, scientists, and food system experts from around the globe in creating stories for the Reawakened Global Storytelling Initiative.

What you’ll see. We’ll help you capture inspiring stories of farmers and food producers in your own communities, from Europe to Asia to Africa, and across the Americas.

Our team will connect you with international experts to help you find stories of forgotten crops that put your community on a path to economic self-reliance, greater food security, lower health costs, increased resilience in the face of climate change, and nutrient security.

What you’ll make. Reawakened Fellows will learn a variety of total storytelling skills, including short films, podcasts, and content expressly for social media. For photographers and illustrators, this can include making information artworks.

Information artwork examples by LexiconLab, an international gathering of storytellers working in collaboration with The Lexicon and Italy’s Future Food Institute: Mottainai by Julia Marino (Japan);  Low-intensity grass-fed cattle by Julia Scherzl (Ireland); A New Agora by Caterina Romanelli (France); Dungewasser Superfood by Viola Bärwald (Germany); The Right to Roam by Anja Bergersen (Norway); Yeast Pushers by Alberto Miti (Italy).

How we’ll share these inspiring stories. Reawakened will utilize an unprecedented grassroots approach to accelerate global awareness in support of agrobiodiversity.

As with all our initiatives, we create websites, podcasts, short film series, and even books. And Instead of making large prints for single traveling exhibits, The Lexicon prints MANY copies of smaller works, in multiple languages, then creates collections of these images to enable many simultaneous pop-up exhibits.

Reawakened pop-up shows will concentrate on exhibits held in popular gathering places: farms, schools, libraries, city halls, and farmers markets. In the past ten years, the Lexicon has held over 2000 exhibits in North America and Europe using our crowdsourcing strategy and we expect an even larger audience for Reawakened.

The Lexicon’s pop-up shows around the world.

Timeline of the Initiative.

June 24, 2021

Kickoff

The Initiative is open for all storytellers to apply. Fill the form and join our community.

June 24, 2021
July 25, 2021

Application Closed

This is the deadline to send your candidacy for the Global Storytelling Initiative. After this point we will select 25 storytellers for the masterclass.

July 25, 2021
July 30, 2021

Onboarding participants

Within this date all selected participants will be contacted and onboarded.

July 30, 2021
August 23, 2021 – August 27, 2021

The Lexicon’s Total Storytelling Masterclass

An intensive 1 week online masterclass on The Lexicon’s storytelling method, during which participants will learn how to produce location based stories of agrobiodiversity – leveraging on their own expertise and learning new techniques.

August 23, 2021 – August 27, 2021
August 30, 2021 – September 20, 2021

Production Period

Within this date all selected participants will be contacted and onboarded.

August 30, 2021 – September 20, 2021
October 6, 2021

Due Date

This is the deadline for all participants to upload their stories.

October 6, 2021
November 15th, 2021

2nd International Biodiversity Congress

Official release of the stories of the Initiative.

November 15th, 2021

The International Agrobiodiversity Congress. See your story featured on a global stage.

The first official release of the stories of the initiative will happen during The 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress, the world most important gathering on agrobiodiversity that will convene experts, practitioners, and policymakers to share scientific research, solutions, policies, and practices to transform food systems and deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the use and conservation of agrobiodiversity. These stories will be part of the congress and will contribute to influence the perception and discussions of the participants of the different panels.