[OPPORTUNITY]: Innovation for Change – East Asia Seeks COMMUNITY STORYTELLERS

Innovation for Change(I4C)-East Asia is delighted to announce the launch of the Living Library project, which was born out of co-design processes with many of you! We are grateful for the active engagement of our community members and invite you to join us on this journey of co-creation and learning, as we pilot this innovation together.

Expect to see a range of activities and opportunities for engagement, whether this means collecting stories or attending a Masterclass in storytelling. Please read on for more details, and feel free to share widely with your networks.

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We will be holding Information Sessions between 11 to 13 April 2022. Sign up by Friday, 8 April 2022!

The Living Library Project: Call for Community Storytellers

The Living Library aims to locate and gather powerful stories about social movements across East and Southeast Asia into an online Story Map. The project seeks community storytellers to produce narratives or artworks about civil society’s efforts to spark and sustain progressive change.

Project Background

From the 2021 coup in Myanmar to the use of the global pandemic to crack down on civic freedoms, we are witnessing an alarming rise of authoritarianism in the region. Innovation for Change intends to inspire with a different narrative of positive change from East and Southeast Asian civil society. We strive to collect, document, and amplify stories of both resistance and resilience, especially those that shine light on the work of rights defenders, grassroots communities, and marginalized peoples.

The Living Library is a project born out of co-design processes with members of the I4C-EA community. We invite you to join us on this journey of co-creation and learning, as we pilot this innovation together!

Who We Are

I4C-East Asia is a global network, which looks to transform civil society impact and scale citizen action, and creates the opportunity for a new generation of civic action to take shape through collaboration, leverage, and learning. The East Asia Hub was set up in 2017 in partnership with regional civil society networks, movements and organizations, to jointly offer services and activities towards the defense, expansion and creation of civic space.

Expected Project Period: April to September 2022

Selected Storytellers are expected to:

  • Have reliable access to a computer and the internet, as activities will be online.
  • Discuss proposals in a Storytellers’ Focus Group (TBC: Wednesday, 27 April 2022).
  • Participate in a series of four (4) capacity-building workshops (May).
  • Produce Community Stories/Artworks (May-June).
  • Present your work in at least one (1) Master Class for the I4C-EA community (July-Aug).
  • Publish your stories on I4C-EA’s website (September). Please note that all stories will fall under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

Selection Criteria

  • You have working capacity in the English language to be able to communicate with the project team and other storytellers. Work correspondence (but not necessarily artwork) will primarily be conducted in English.
  • You live, work, and/or are from Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau.
  • You are an emerging community storyteller. By “emerging,” we mean that you are still developing capacities to further your storytelling and artistic practice, deepen community engagement, and find pathways for dissemination, among other skills. By “storyteller,” we include writers, filmmakers, illustrators, visual artists, and performers, as well as curators, editors, community arts practitioners, or artist-activists who use any form of creative arts to advance positive social change. By “community”, we mean your storytelling is from the perspective of member(s) of a marginalized or advocacy community, or about such a community.
  • We especially welcome people who identify as coming from historically marginalized communities to apply. We hope to select a range of storytellers representing different backgrounds/identities as well as working with a range of mediums/creative strategies.


Storytellers will be compensated at a highly competitive rate for full participation in the program and for the production and publication of each story, as well as for any presentations made during the Master Classes.

Application Process

  • Please complete and submit your JotForm application by Friday, 15 April 2022, 23:59 Bangkok time. All applications must include your portfolio or relevant prior work.
  • Shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a brief interview between 18 and 21 April 2022.
  • All applicants will be notified via email about the results of their application by Friday, 22 April 2022, and selected applicants must confirm participation by Monday, 25 April 2022.
  • Selected applicants must attend the Storytellers’ Focus Group tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, 27 April 2022. Please save the date!

Confidentiality & Data Security

We use JotForm’s encrypted form to create registration and application forms. Once you upload your work sample onto Google Drive, we will transfer it to an encrypted cloud storage platform, Proton Drive. Your information will only be seen by the project team and I4C-EA staff.

For further information, please contact I4C-EA Project Leads: Philip ([email protected]) & DW ([email protected]).