Break Single Stories and turn them into Multi-Facetted Stories.
A society where we are curious about each other’s humanity; where we have the safe space to tell our Second Stories and the compassion to listen and learn, and to meet as intersectional individuals at eye-level.
Give a stage to those stories that we usually listen to the least. We invite people whose stories get marginalised to share their story because we believe people should be in charge to shape their own stories. We feature Second Stories in the advantage of storytellers that are least visible in other media.
However, everyone’s Second Stories deserve to be told and are more than welcome on this platform.
Tell your story without putting others down. Here, we do not want you to say negative things about other people; not in your Second Story, not on the forum. We uphold the right to refuse stories that contain negative biases towards other groups or individuals and delete prejudices and harming comments and statements.
Often, we tell a lot of stories about others, here we tell our own stories in the way that we ourselves find them to accurately describe us. Tell your story in terms of facts and your own feelings: Tell them how you perceived them. Try to acknowledge that other characters in your story might have a different experience, but do not downplay your perspective.
Listeners have the responsibility to empathically listen to the storytellers. So not just hear them, but really listen. Aim to learn something new and ask questions.
We aim to show stories about humans. We like your stories to be about real humans with both talents and flaws. This is not a platform for inspiration porn and not a platform for pitifulness. When raising awareness and funds, many organisations show the helplessness of the people in need because pity is a strong emotion for action. However, this often re-enforces a Single Story and robs people of their dignity. We look for stories about people that show that they can be both in pain and functional, both in need of help and dignified. Similarly, we like to meet heroes with flaws who have success stories that include the struggles that are almost always part of them. Your stories can be about everyday life, they do not need to include big incidents.
Second Stories are not the end goal but the start of a conversation. When telling your story, aim to be listened to, aim to empower, and aim to connect with the people who now for the first-time understand a new perspective.
Treat each other equally and fair on the platform. Try to see that everyone has a different experience and that all are valid.
We aim to make the platform accessible for people of all backgrounds. Therefore, we ask you to tell your story in language that is understandable for a broad public. Try to avoid jargon and unnecessarily complicated sentence structures.