Multicultural + Accessibility Consultation
Embracing our many layers and stories has been historically complicated, layered with struggle, and punctuated with grief and progress. Societies are continually made and remade by the stories we tell. Imaginative, well-researched stories succeed over time when they are inclusive; better yet, Own Voice-authored and/or consulted. As more stories and distinct experiences are shared beyond the reach of our own experience & communities and proliferated by publishing and digital platforms, the more we create & share in progress.
"When you need a road map to a better story ..."
– Antoinette Scully, Founder of Black & Bookish, collaborative consultant and diversity reviewer with Sun Literary
Sun Literary's Guiding Principles for Better Stories
We Begin and End with Shared Progress
Just as we are each evolving in our own information literacy and progress, so too are our communities and our society at large. From the origins of traditional storytellers to our current mediums accessed & shared worldwide, stories define our meaning and connections. We are culturally, morally, spiritually and equally called to be good stewards. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are not just buzzwords for today but the language of humanity in movement; we are migrating towards better belonging, better stewardship, and better stories.
In this digital age, it's an inherent right, challenge, and privilege of each person to access & determine their own information literacy. The American Library Association defines this as "a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." Information & cultures constantly evolve; no one story or project should bear the weight of perfection but being fully-informed is best practice.
Own Voices are central to our methodology and set the standard of excellence. History has shown us that when we exclude those who speak, write, and educate from their own historic origins, lived experience, and embodied expertise, we all lose. If you want to represent a specific community or individual with a unique culture, tribe, disability, experience or other in your story – access "Own Voice" authors or consultants to practice inclusion & ensure authenticity, accuracy, and cultural proficiency.
The most crucial element of better storytelling is better listening. Deep listening is like being a good traveler – it's the practice of bringing one's attentiveness and respect to another perspective, feeling, experience, or place; and prioritizing Own Voices in decisions and practices which reflect upon a culture, place, or community. This expands our curiosity, knowledge, and imagination – translating across all forms of narrative and dialogue, both intimate and shared.
Inclusion (A Paradigm Shift)
Inclusion is defined by Merriam as "the act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded." Inclusion is about belonging. It also serves as a healthy hedge against bias blind spots & appropriation, shifting the paradigm from hierarchy to community, from "one expert" to mutually-informed collaborators. With the digital connections we are afforded today, we have the luminous opportunity and responsibility to be even better storytellers by being good allies.