New words to hold the invisible world of possibility
The first of three essays exploring ‘warm data’, which Nora Bateson explains is “information of another order…that is alive within the transcontextual relating of a living system”; information that is “wiggly, unpredictable and sometimes invisible”. We are encouraged to reflect on its role in helping us to make change “within ‘industrialized’ perception”, without ”re-produc(ing) the dreams of the cul‐ture in which it was forged.”
Imagination is (still) not a luxury
An overview of Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Imagination Infrastructuring event, from one of its curators. An article that goes deep and wide, raising the (“daunting, delicious”) challenge of weaving a system of systems – “more like a mycelium and less like a graph” – through the times ahead. “Perhaps this time between worlds, with all its unknowns, with all its grief-making and intense necessities, its joys and its terrors, will at least end up being ‘the axe for the frozen sea inside us,’ as Franz Kafka once wrote.”
Bridges from prison: making the case for jobs and relationships
This report, supported by Porticus, explores how the public tend to think about people in and leaving prison, and how to build understanding and support for employment opportunities and supportive relationships.
Communicating about vaccination in the UK
The culmination of a research project to explore how people understand vaccination in the United Kingdom with the goal of improving access and uptake.
Losing Forward: Lessons from Organising for Narrative Change
“Shifting long-standing narratives requires deep alignment within a progressive ecosystem, as well as the resources to both build long-term organising and narrative infrastructure and push out stories at scale.”
Narrative Change: A Compilation Part 1
Ruth has gathered work from across the field into a single thread, to form a handy reference and a useful intro for newcomers joining the field.
Narrative Change: A Compilation Part 2
Trevor follows-up Ruth’s thread above with a focus on POC leaders, mostly in the US, noting that “as with most spaces, this field is dominated by white voices”.
What Makes Narrative Change So Hard?
Understanding ‘systems justification theory’ prompts a compelling case for revealing reactionary tactics/contradictions and the development of a wide range of vision/imagination/futures work.
How Can Content Help Unlock Imaginations?
The team at Rubber Republic propose an approach to testing engaging content around future visions, to help people connect to different futures and their own agency in reaching them.
Old Thinking Will Break Your Brain
Thoughts on “worldview collapse” and “why updating the way we look at the world is so critical now, and so hard, and how we can get better at doing it.”
‘Fairness’ in UK Climate Advocacy: A User’s Guide
Fairness is a shared concern, but to avoid polarisation around highly emotionally-charged topics, this “complex terrain” must be navigated “with authenticity and empathy” – here’s how.