Every challenge seeks a solution. That journey is a story.

The Lexicon is a US-based NGO that uses evidence-based storytelling, strategy, and mobilization to build movements tackling our food systems' greatest challenges.

We use evidence-based storytelling to help people pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system.

Stories can inspire.

Words are the building blocks for new ideas. Increasing our literacy and fluency can help us embrace and share new concepts, shift our perspectives, and change the way we think.

It’s a process, one that can help everyone pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system.

Stories can mobilize.

The Lexicon treats challenges as stories. The beginning is the problem, the middle is the series of actions taken to confront the problem, and the end is the solution.

Every story has a cast of characters, each with a clearly defined purpose. The Lexicon “casts” domain experts from across the value chain as the principle characters in this story, one where innovative thinking and problem-solving are required to find a solution.

Stories can activate.

The power of stories can turn a solitary journey into a shared experience, a shared perspective, and a shared vision of the world we all want to see.

The Lexicon uses story-based design thinking to help organizations and companies see themselves as protagonists in a narrative that begins with a problem and ends with a solution they’ve helped create.

What we make.

We’re platform agnostic. Our work includes films, tv shows, photography, books, traveling exhibits, curriculum for schools, online communities, and interactive tools for policy makers.

Information Artworks

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. We beg to differ. Pictures often ask more questions than they answer. Douglas Gayeton's multi-layered approach mixes photographic collages with descriptive text to explain the core principles and practices of a more sustainable and just food system.

Short Films

Our award-winning short films are designed for people of all ages. They mix live action videography, photography, and text with hand-drawn animations.

Interactive Tools

Data on spreadsheets don’t make for the most compelling stories. We use game theory and storytelling tools that put a face and a place on data to make people care and move them to action.

Activators

We bring together the leading food experts, unite them on real solutions, then transform their ideas into freely available tools for the world to use.

Our partners include UN agencies, food companies, international NGOs, farmers, ranchers, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

Douglas is an award-winning information architect, filmmaker, photographer and writer.

He directed the KNOW YOUR FOOD series for PBS and GROWING ORGANIC for USDA, MOLOTOV ALVA for HBO, and has authored two books, SLOW: Life in a Tuscan Town, and LOCAL: The New Face of Food & Farming in America.

He is also one of Crop Trust’s Food Forever champions and a visiting professor in the Masters Program at Slow Food’s University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy.
Laura is a producer, farmer, entrepreneur and executive director of the Lexicon. She pioneered the art of multi-layered narrative approaches to film and video during her life as a commercials producer in Hollywood, then later moved to Northern California and founded the first goat milk ice company in the United States, LALOO’S.
Pier Giorgio is The Lexicon’s Head of Digital. Based near Bristol, England, his projects include short films for PBS, USDA, Warner Brothers, and Napster, as well as a feature-length documentary for HBO. He also produces short films for Sustainable Food Trust and GrowEatGather, which showcases British farmers and their role in producing sustainable food.
Alberto is co-director at the Reawakened Food Initiative. He is also a member of Green Brown Blue, the Food System Solutions Activator by The Lexicon, that gathers domain experts from across the globe to develop solutions to our food systems' greatest challenges. Since 2018 Alberto has been part of Almacube, the innovation Hub and Design Factory of the University of Bologna. Here he leads and coaches multidisciplinary teams of designers and innovators focused on food innovation and regenerative business models.
Chloe is a Project Manager at The Lexicon. Her research focuses on biological pest control and agroecology and she is passionate about science communication and writing. She is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Genetics & Plant Biology, a B.A. in Data Science, and a minor in Food Systems.
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We are storytellers.

The Lexicon was founded by social entrepreneurs Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton in 2009. Their work identifies and accelerates the adoption of practices that build more resilient food systems and help combat climate change.

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Eligibility, Submission Terms and Conditions

Sponsor

A Greener Blue Global Storytelling Initiative is sponsored by The Lexicon, a US based 501(c)(3) public charity.

Opportunity

Storytellers will join A Greener Blue Storytelling Collective to create stories for the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture with the FAO and its partner organizations. Members of the Collective will take part in a private online “Total Storytelling Lab” led by The Lexicon’s Douglas Gayeton. Upon completion of this online certificate program, members of the Collective will join seafood experts from around the globe in creating A Greener Blue Storytelling initiative.

Selection Process

All eligible entries received during the Submission Period will be gathered into a database at the end of the Submission Period. 40 participants will be selected and allowed to participate in the Storytelling Lab and the global storytelling initiative. Receivers of the cameras will be selected based on the strength of their answers to the application form, their ability to work with others, their curriculum/portfolio and the commitment shown during the Storytelling Lab to champion the stories of seafood producers across the global value chain. If a potential selected applicant cannot be reached by the team of the Initiative within a week (5 working days), using the contact information provided at the time of entry, or if the communication is returned as undeliverable, that potential participant shall forfeit. Upon the request of the Lexicon, the potential select participant may be required to return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Acceptance Form. If a potential participant fails to comply with these official rules, that potential participant will be disqualified.

Submission Requirements/Copyright

All submissions must be the entrant’s original work. Submissions must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person.

Participants will retain the copyrights to their work while also granting access to The Lexicon to share their contributions as part of A Greener Blue Global Storytelling Initiative.

Acceptance and GoPro Cameras

A selected group of applicants will be chosen to receive a free GoPro Camera. The selections will be made based on the location, principle, practice covered and evaluations from the Greener Blue judging team who will conduct evaluations through the weeklong webinar for participation and commitment. The GoPro Cameras will be used to film their stories and will be theirs to keep. Terms and conditions will be published the week of the Storytelling Lab and explained in the first session. Incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses which are not specifically listed in these Official Rules but which may be associated with the acceptance, receipt and use of the Storytelling Lab and the camera are solely the responsibility of the respective participants and are not covered by The Lexicon or any of the A Greener Blue partners.

All participants who receive a Camera are required to sign an agreement allowing GoPro for a Cause, The Lexicon and GSSI to utilize the films for A Greener Blue and their promotional purposes. All participants will be required to an agreement to upload their footage into the shared drive of The Lexicon and make the stories, films and images available for The Lexicon and the promoting partners of A Greener Blue.

Additional Limitations

Selection and distribution of the camera is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of the cameras is granted. The Lexicon and its respective partners and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Initiative, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of any selected participant, or the distribution of any equipment. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Initiative is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by The Lexicon. The Lexicon reserves the right to terminate, suspend or amend the Initiative, without notice, and for any reason, including, without limitation, if The Lexicon determines that the Lab cannot be conducted as planned or should a virus, bug, tampering or unauthorized intervention, technical failure or other cause beyond The Lexicon’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, The Lexicon reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue.