Climate Science and Jungian Analysis
On “why it is important to understand ways of thinking that are not purely rational, that are imagistic—based on a deeper understanding of the unconscious”, suggesting that “we are out of balance within our own psyches, within our relationship with nature” and that this imbalance is manifesting climate change. Includes a discussion of ‘cultural complexes’, “the power of the feminine perspective” and the “inevitability of new myths”.
Non-Violence in the face of Violence
“We live in a violent world, one in which profiteering infrastructure kills millions, threatens billions, and is tipping our planet over the edge. In the face of such violence, would sabotaging fossil fuel infrastructure really be an equivalent act of violence? Or would it be a necessary act of sabotage to protect life on earth?” A discussion on “how to view taking action as a science experiment, the different kinds of action around the world, and the ethics of property destruction.”
People, Planet, and Performance: From the Global South to the World
“A Series from Africa on Climate Emergencies, Sustainability Practice in the Arts, and Planetary Crises…a broad-based interdisciplinary, intercultural, and cross-sectoral exploration of climate justice within the context of theatre and performance with a focus on the Global South. Guests range from theatremakers to climate change artivists/activists to scholars from the Global South sharing their perspectives on different topics within the broad theme of the series.”
Measuring Narrative Change: Moving From Theory to Practice
“Sometimes we have to keep planting the seeds and tending the soil, not knowing how long it will take for the plants to grow and bear fruit, or even whether anything will germinate. Funders and grantees may need to accept that ultimately only so much is knowable, and this is an inherent part of the sort of emergent strategic work that many narrative change actors are engaged in. What we do know for certain though is that if we don’t do the work, we can’t expect anything to change at all.” (Thanks for sharing with us Akira Nakahara)
Explode on Impact
“It is impossible for organisations to ‘demonstrate their impact’ if they work in complex environments. Asking them to do so requires them to create a fantasy version of the story of their work. This corruption of data makes doing genuine change work harder because it is difficult to learn and adapt from corrupted data…The key shift to make here is to move from funding for “demonstrable” impact…to funding for collaborative learning and adaptation. The evidence shows, this is how real impact is made.”
How to Live Meaningfully with Climate Anxiety
A practical deep dive into ‘climate anxiety’: how to talk about it, live with it, and act on it. “To prevent climate mental health challenges, think of: ‘Do a favor, work with neighbors’ And to treat climate mental health challenges in ways that can spread, think: ‘Peer-sharing for scalable caring’.”
The Challenge Now is Policy
A response to a recent piece that claimed climate communications was failing because “the words are all wrong”. They argue that the policies on the table are not sufficient for the situation we are now in, calling for “solutions from ecological and degrowth movements that solve (both) mitigation and adaptation”.
Multiplayer Futures: Towards an Emergence Economy
“RADAR is a decentralised global collective of 300+ researchers, early adopters and innovators accelerating better futures…We’re placing our stake in the ground and putting forth a new theory of change. One that relies on interconnected emergence rather than individual innovation; one that believes mass adoption can occur much more rapidly under these circumstances; one that’s supercharged by new behaviors & new technology.”
In Praise of Bees and Fungi
“How an understanding of ecologies and ecosystems has influenced my working mindset”. Alice offers encouragement and helpful framing for folk working in the ‘in-between space’, practically applying the emerging understanding that our universe is fundamentally relational.
Ecological and Social Transitions – Co-creating the Pluriverse
“In the face of climate collapse, trust in governments has broken down. How can we best unite social movements to approach this challenge?” The report identifies and explores four ‘Narrative Communities’ who are driving the conversation around ‘Transition’, and the need for a new social contract.
Ecosystem Map (BETA)
“We will only succeed in achieving a just transition if we build partnerships together and collaborate…The Ecosystem Map enables global changemakers to explore and identify potential allies, contribute to the data, and help map the growing range of movements, organisations, funders, and more who are working to address the climate and ecological crisis.”
“Not growing but thriving”: The Beginning of a Paradigm Shift
Kate Raworth, the author of Doughnut Economics, suggests we need to "create the conditions that enable prosperity to come about," by which she means being able to "lead a life of dignity, community, and opportunity, while we hold the integrity of this delicately balanced living planet." We are warned that it's "too late to pin our hopes" on 'green growth', and so we must shift from a paradigm of control to one of stewardship, measuring life "on her terms" so that together we might serve life and thrive.