Money Talks – Interactive Dashboard
A tool for navigating recent research into “public attitudes on global issues such as climate change, poverty and inequality, providing insights on how to communicate in order to win support for investment to tackle these issues,” with “new recommendations and insights for how to communicate about international investment in climate and development.”
The Reparations Narrative Lab
“A research hub that builds public support for reparations by assisting organisers, artists, and organisations in understanding the reparations narrative landscape, creating and testing stories and messages, analysing their audiences, designing experiments, and assessing the impact of their strategies.“ Their ‘Narrative House’ is a “co-created narrative tool built in coordination with organisers and advocates across the reparations movement.”
Hold The Line
A film featuring “first-hand experiences of human rights defenders on the frontlines of the climate crisis in South Africa, Colombia, and the United States, detailing how the operations of large brands and corporations impact them.” Created as a compliment to Oxfam’s Threats to Human Rights Defenders: Six Ways Companies Should Respond briefing paper from April 2023.
Narratives have consequences: the problem with stories of threat and fear
Narratives that suggest climate change creates (international) migration, often used to motivate climate action, are typically inaccurate and dangerous. Inaccurate because people’s movements are often within their country. Dangerous because in order for the narratives to work “migrants and refugees must be cast as a force of chaos and danger”, which creates space for totalitarian responses and a risk of violence towards displaced peoples.
A History of Narrative Environments
A reflection on the state of the narrative ‘stack’, and how it has emerged in recent history from developments in communications technology. The arrival of the ‘meme-vibe layer’ – “a living mass of human-in-the-loop narrative ooze” – combined with the AI-supercharged ‘world-building layer’ are acting as a “narrative accelerant”. So far we are avoiding an ‘unnarratable meltdown’ thanks to the emergence of shared ‘narrative protocols’ “capable of containing the complexity and scale”.
How To Break Out of a Simulation
“How do we exit the hyperreal? What can we create which reveals the real of biophysical reality?” We need “real infrastructure which re-embeds us in our reality: We need a healthful world to be a healthful people. A healthful people shares, collaborates and takes care. A healthful world does not see its planetary limits exploited under the guise of simulated systems.”
Why Our Popular Mass Movements Fail
“The age of the spectacle means those entranced by its images are ‘molded to its laws’. Even “disciplined political organizations are not, in and of themselves, sufficient.” Transformative change requires “skilled organizers, self-discipline, an alternative ideological vision, revolutionary art and education…sustained disruptions of power, and most importantly leaders who represent the movement. Revolutions are long, difficult projects that take years to make, slowly and often imperceptibly eating away at the foundations of power.”
Back To The Land
“Land defenders who are part of the Diaspora and Ancestral Nations from Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Turtle Island and Milpamérica (Alaska, Canadá, USA, México, Guatemala, Salvador & Honduras) gathered to hack the narrative of land ownership, together they call to get Back to the Land as a global transition to liberate ourselves with Mother Earth.” Includes various principles and guides for action.
A deep reflection on why we’re here, what matters, and how to find ways through what is coming. Covers power law dynamics, ‘warm data’, the metacrisis, the economic value of “empty people”, “human condition(ing)”, “graceful invisible magic”, our “radically hypo-normal environment”, our “omni-relational” selves, and the need to “drop the certainty” to become “disoriented”.
Becoming Intentional Gods: Claiming the Future
“We are at a moment of decision: We either step forward into our own Great Destruction, which could theoretically see us wipe out all of humanity and most of the More than Human World…Or we could step into…‘The Great Peace’, claiming our birthright as the Interstitial Generation between the old paradigm of extraction, consumption and pollution—and the new one that could arise where we accept the interbecoming of all things, where we as individual humans take our place in a community of care and experience that encompasses all of the world.”
Conditions to Flourish
‘Understanding the Ecosystem For Narrative Power’, the first report from Global Narrative Hive: “a new network working to connect and grow the global ecosystem of activists and campaigners, communications workers, researchers, artists, journalists and others who are using narratives to advance their visions of a more just world…facilitating shared learning between actors with different skills and knowledges, and curating spaces for new actors to build connections and experiment with narrative strategies. See an intro to the report here, or join in at narrativehive.org.
Research to understand “more about the younger generation’s attitudes towards Net Zero and the concept of a ‘just transition’”, finding that “72% of young people were optimistic that Net Zero presented more of an opportunity than a threat to their generation…(and) wanted to learn more about Net Zero…a virtuous cycle with greater knowledge and awareness leading to a greater interest in finding out more, and more interest and concern in helping to address climate change.”