Online leadership summit on applied storytelling

The Leadership Summit on Applied Storytelling is part of a two-year plan of activities in UK and the US organised by the Storytelling Academy at Loughborough University in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Maryland, the Montgomery College, the Story Center, Patient Voices, among other institutions. 

This first online event brings together 5 international Fellows and a small group of invited participants, working in academia, museums, NGOs and other cultural institutions, with a broad interest on Storytelling, and aims to create an space for interdisciplinary and interprofessional discussions. This group will work towards a collective vision for the future of applied storytelling, in relation to research, education and business, that will be published as a manifesto. There will also be other publications arising from the Summit as well as opportunities for building new collaborations and networking.

Leadership Summit Fellows Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar, Elizabeth Galvin, William Uricchio, Burcu Simsek, Michael Mason


Thursday 12th of November – 16:00 to 18:00 UK time

Introduction: Marsha Meskimmon (Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies), Michael Wilson (Head of Creative Arts), Antonia Liguori (Lecturer in Applied Storytelling), Loughborough University

Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar, Acting Under Secretary for Education, Smithsonian Institution, US 

Elizabeth Galvin, Head of Learning and Digital Programmes, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK

Group discussion

Friday 13th November – 16:00 to 18:00 UK time

William Uricchio, Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands

Burcu Simsek, Hacettepe University, Turkey  

Michael Mason, Director, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, US 

Group discussion

A follow-on face-to-face event will be organised in June 2021 and will be open to the wider community of digital storytelling practitioners that will be participating to the International Digital Storytelling Conference hosted at Loughborough University.

For more information, please, contact Dr Antonia Liguori.