We're an international collective sharing stories of biodiversity from across the globe.

Reawakened is a collective of international storytellers working with farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and food activists to share the re-emergence of forgotten crops across the globe and the communities and cultures they preserve.

Navigate the interactive map above, choose a crop, and learn more about these reawakened foods. If you’d like to share your own food stories, join the Reawakened Food Collective.

Choose a crop and learn more about these reawakened foods. If you’d like to share your own food stories, join the Reawakened Food Collective.

India / uncultivated greens / 5 min read

Uncultivated greens:
reawakening forgotten food traditionS

సాగుచెయ్యని ఆకుకూరలు - మరుగున పడిన భూఆధార ఆహార సాంప్రదాయ పునరుజ్జీవన​

By Shruti Tharayil​

Photography
Writing

Japan / Kamiibano taro and tono rice / 5 min read

Two men’s challenges in Tohoku region:
Kamiibano taro and Tono #1 rice variety

東北地方の2つの男の挑戦。カミイバノサトイモと遠野一号米の品種

By Kyoko Nagano

Photography
Video
Recipes
Writing

USA-Korea / Korean Chili Pepper / 7 min read

Second Generation:
A Collective Reawakening through Asian Chili Peppers

2세대: 아시아 칠리 페퍼스를 통한 집단적 각성

By Katie Brimm

Photography
Writing

Italy / Amolo, Rusticano (myrobalan plum) / 5 min read

Have you ever put koji
on a wild plum?

Hai mai messo del koji sulle prugne selvatiche?

By Riccardo Astolfi

Photography
Information Artworks
Writing

Ethiopia / Teff / 8 min read

TEFF AND WEHABIT GRAINS

By Alberto Miti

Photography
Writing
Information Artworks
Video

India / 8 min read

Akkadi Saalu:
the culture of diversity

ಅಕ್ಕಡಿ ಸಾಲು: ವೈವಿಧ್ಯತೆಯ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ

By Arjun Swaminathan

Photography
Writing
Audio
Video

Colombia / 5 min read

All wrapped up

Cocina en hojas de plantas

By Diana Moreno

Photography
Drawing
Writing

Indonesia / Red Ginger / 6 min read

PUSHING BACK:
REJECTING MIDDLEMEN AND MONOCULTURE FARMING

Bagaimana sebuah kebun kecil melawan monokultur

By Clare Aryani

Photography
Recipes
Writing

Brazil / Babassu NUT / 5 min read

The story of the Babassu Nut Breakers and their struggle to make the fruit their wealth

A história dos quebradores de nozes Babaçu e sua luta para fazer dos frutos sua riqueza

By Leyla Spada and Olavo Pereira Oliveira
Drawings by Soojin Yang

Audio
Writing
Drawing

Mexico / Amaranth / 10 min read

Amaranth

By Douglas Gayeton

Photography
Video
Information Artworks
Writing

Peru / Fig / 10 min read

The fig trees of Siguas:
relics that nurture

Las higueras de Siguas: reliquias que nutren

By Christian Vera Ponce

Photography
Video
Writing

Ethiopia / Anchote / 5 min read

Anchote:
a reawakened food for resilient small rural communities

አንቾቴ፡ እንደገና የነቃ ምግብ ለሚቋቋሙት አነስተኛ የገጠር ማህበረሰቦች

By Laura Scivetti

Photography
Writing
Video

USA / Bradford watermelon / 5 min read​

Watermelon Sugar​

By Mia Hampton​

Drawing
Writing

India / Manipuri Rice / 7 min watch

Cheng (Rice) of Manipur

mnipurgi ceH

By Meena Longjam

Video
Photography
Writing

India / Small Millets / 10 min read

Small Millets:
a women-led biodiversity revolution

By Elena Valeriote and Alberto Miti

Photography
Video
Information Artworks
Writing

Indonesia / The Black Tiger Shrimp / 5 min read

THE JOURNEY
OF BLACK TIGER SHRIMP FARMERS

PERJALANAN PETANI UDANG MACAN HITAM

By Firman Nara

Photography
Writing

Latvia / Potato Onion / 5 min read

Counting on the family

Pasitikėjimas šeima

By Johanna Lohrengel

Drawing
Writing

USA / Yoeme Blue Corn / 7 min read

Yoeme Blue Corn

By Marilyn Noble

Photography
Writing

USA / paw paw / 5 min read

THE GREAT RETURN OF PAWPAWS

By Virginie Drujon-Kippelen

Photography
Writing

Costa Rica / Breadfruit / 10 min read

Breadfruit

By Douglas Gayeton

Photography
Video
Information Artworks
Writing

South Africa / Ice Plant / 5 min read

Ice plant of south africa

By Mpho Tshukudu

Photography
Writing

USA / Makah Ozette / 5 min read

Teaching the Culture of Agrobiodiversity

Hux̌taksa·ps yakya·daqi·yʔuq:

By Caitlin Blood

Video
Writing

Italy / Ancient Olive Groves / 5 min read

Biodiversity beyond crops: a mission to protect the fragile ecosystem of ancient olive groves

La biodiversità oltre alle colture: una missione per proteggere i delicati ecosistemi degli olivi millenari

By Laura Scivetti

Photography
Writing

USA / Tepary Beans / 10 min read

Tepary Beans

By Gary Paul Nabhan and Colin Khoury
Photography and video by Douglas Gayeton

Photography
Video
Information Artworks
Writing

Rodrigues Island / Sweet Potato / 5 min read

The food of our granparents

manzer nou bane grand dimune

By Maryline Legoff

Photography
Video
Writing

nicaragua / vanilla / 5 min read

Disappearing before everyone's eyes

desapareciendo ante los ojos de todos

By Elisabeth Von Halem

Photography
Writing

Ghana / Fonio / 5 min read

THE FONIO WOMEN

Pagaba Fonio Puuni

By Esther Asante

Photography
Writing
Video

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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.

Terms

Who can enter and how selections are made.

A Greener Blue is a global call to action that is open to individuals and teams from all over the world. Below is a non-exhaustive list of subjects the initiative targets.

  • Creatives and storytellers with a passion for food and the willingness to support small-scale fisherpeople and experts worldwide. This category includes, but is not exhausted in photographers, videomakers, illustrators, podcasters, and writers.
  • Food Activists working to change open sea fishing and aquaculture; 
  • Members of fishing and indigenous communities that support their communities, share their stories and protect their way of life;
  • Local and International NGOs work every day with actors across the whole value chain to create more sustainable seafood models.

To apply, prospective participants will need to fill out the form on the website, by filling out each part of it. Applications left incomplete or containing information that is not complete enough will receive a low score and have less chance of being admitted to the storytelling lab.

Nonprofit organizations, communities of fishers and fish farmers and companies that are seeking a closer partnership or special support can also apply by contacting hello@thelexicon.org and interacting with the members of our team.

Special attention will be given to the section of the form regarding the stories that the applicants want to tell and the reasons for participating. All proposals for stories regarding small-scale or artisanal fishers or aquaculturists, communities of artisanal fishers or aquaculturists, and workers in different steps of the seafood value chain will be considered.

Stories should show the important role that these figures play in building a more sustainable seafood system. To help with this narrative, the initiative has identified 10 principles that define a more sustainable seafood system. These can be viewed on the initiative’s website and they state:
Seafood is sustainable when:

  • it helps address climate change
  • it supports global ecosystems
  • it optimizes impact on resources and nutrient cycles.
  • it promotes a safe growing environment for safe food sources.
  • it advances animal welfare.
  • it enhances flavor and nutrition.
  • it builds resilience and self-sufficiency in local communities.
  • it prioritizes inclusion, equality, and fair treatment of workers.
  • it preserves legality and the quality and the story of the product throughout the value chain.
  • it creates opportunities along the whole value chain.

Proposed stories should show one or more of these principles in practice.

Applications are open from the 28th of June to the 15th of August 2022. There will be 50 selected applicants who will be granted access to The Lexicon’s Total Storytelling Lab. These 50 applicants will be asked to accept and sign a learning agreement and acceptance of participation document with which they agree to respect The Lexicon’s code of conduct.

The first part of the lab will take place online between August the 22nd and August the 26th and focus on training participants on the foundation of storytelling, supporting them to create a production plan, and aligning all of them around a shared vision.

Based on their motivation, quality of the story, geography, and participation in the online Lab, a selected group of participants will be gifted a GoPro camera offered to the program by GoPro For A Change. Participants who are selected to receive the GoPro camera will need to sign an acceptance and usage agreement.

The second part of the Storytelling Lab will consist of a production period in which each participant will be supported in the production of their own story. This period goes from August 26th to October 13th. Each participant will have the opportunity to access special mentorship from an international network of storytellers and seafood experts who will help them build their story. The Lexicon also provides editors, animators, and graphic designers to support participants with more technical skills.

The final deadline to submit the stories is the 14th of October. Participants will be able to both submit complete edited stories, or footage accompanied by a storyboard to be assembled by The Lexicon’s team.

All applicants who will exhibit conduct and behavior that is contrary to The Lexicon’s code of conduct will be automatically disqualified. This includes applicants proposing stories that openly discriminate against a social or ethnic group, advocate for a political group, incite violence against any group, or incite to commit crimes of any kind.

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 and the other partners of the initiative to share their contributions as part of A Greener Blue Global Storytelling Initiative.

If a potential selected applicant cannot be reached by the team of the Initiative within three (3) 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.

Offering

Selected applicants will be granted access to an advanced Storytelling Lab taught and facilitated by Douglas Gayeton, award-winning storyteller and information architect, co-founder of The Lexicon. In this course, participants will learn new techniques that will improve their storytelling skills and be able to better communicate their work with a global audience. This skill includes (but is not limited to) how to build a production plan for a documentary, how to find and interact with subjects, and how to shoot a short documentary.

Twenty of the participants will receive a GoPro Hero 11 Digital Video and Audio Cameras by September 15, 2022. Additional participants may receive GoPro Digital Video and Audio Cameras to be announced at a later date. The recipients will be selected by advisors to the program and will be based on selection criteria (see below) on proposals by Storytelling Lab participants. The selections will keep in accordance with Lab criteria concerning geography, active participation in the Storytelling Lab and commitment to the creation of a story for the Initiative, a GoPro Camera to use to complete the storytelling lab and document their story. These recipients will be asked to sign an acceptance letter with terms of use and condition to receive the camera. 

The Lexicon provides video editors, graphic designers, and animators to support the participants to complete their stories.

The submitted stories will be showcased during international and local events, starting from the closing event of the International Year of Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 in Rome, in January 2023. The authors of the stories will be credited and may be invited to join.

All selection criteria

Storytelling lab participation:

Applicants that will be granted access to the storytelling Lab will be evaluated based on the entries they provided in the online form, and in particular:

  • The completeness of their form
  • The relevance of their story (coherence with the main goal of the initiative and 10 principles)
  • Written motivation explained
  • Geography (the initiative aims at showcasing stories from all over the world so the mix of locations will be a factor that the selection committee will take into account)
 

Applications will be evaluated by a team of 4 judges from The Lexicon, GSSI and the team of IYAFA (Selection committee).

When selecting applications, the call promoters may request additional documentation or interviews both for the purpose of verifying compliance with eligibility requirements and to facilitate proposal evaluation.

Camera recipients:

Participants to the Storytelling Lab who will be given a GoPro camera will be selected based on:

  • Quality of the story (coherence with the initiative and the 10 principles)
  • Motivation demonstrated during the interaction in the online class
  • Participation in the online class (participants that will attend less than 4 classes will be automatically excluded)
 

The evaluation will be carried out by a team of 4 judges from The Lexicon, GSSI and the team of IYAFA (Selection committee).

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.