Imran Ahmed is the founder and CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate US/UK. He is an authority on social and psychological malignancies on social media, such as identity-based hate, extremism, disinformation, and conspiracy theories. He regularly appears on the media and in documentaries as an expert in how bad actors use digital spaces to harm others and benefit themselves, as well as how and why bad platforms allow them to do so. He advises politicians around the world on policy and legislation. Imran was inspired to start the Center after seeing the rise of antisemitism on the left in the United Kingdom and the murder of his colleague, Jo Cox MP, by a white supremacist, who had been radicalized in part online, during the EU Referendum in 2016. He holds an MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Imran lives in Washington DC, and tweets at @Imi_Ahmed.
BRIDGIT ANTOINETTE EVANS
Bridgit is an award-winning artist, philanthropy executive, and thought leader in the narrative change field, pioneering the use of pop culture strategies and narrative systems methodology to advance social justice. Fifteen years of work at the intersection of mass audience storytelling and social justice has evolved into a vision for a new, hybrid culture change field in which creative and social justice leaders work together to popularize stories and other immersive experiences that build widespread public yearning for a pluralist culture in which everyone belongs. Since 2017 Bridgit has served as CEO of the Pop Culture Collaborative, a philanthropic resource and funder learning community working to transform the narrative landscape around people of color, immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and indigenous peoples in America, especially those who are women, queer, trans, and/or disabled.
Adam is a writer, strategist and independent researcher specialising in climate change communication: narratives and narrative change have been central to my work for more than fifteen years. I’ve worked in academic research teams studying public opinion on climate, at Climate Outreach helping to translate and popularise public engagement research, with the Local Storytelling Exchange crafting stories that show ‘this is what the transition looks like’, and on a new initiative called the Climate Barometer that provides the ‘signal in the noise’ on public opinion insights. I believe in the power of stories and culture to catalyse climate action – and the imperative for the climate story to be owned across the breadth of society. www.adamcorner.uk
VANESSA MACHADO DE OLIVEIRA ANDREOTTI
Dr. Andreotti is a former Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change and a former David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education. She is the author of Hospicing Modernity: Facing humanity’s wrongs and the implications for social activism (2021) and one of the co-founders of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures (GTDF) Arts/Research Collective. Most of her published articles and OpEds are available at academia.edu.
Cassie is the Associate Director of Emerging Futures at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, as well as working with the Transformative Wealth Distribution Project in Europe and Partners for a New Economy globally. She’s the founder of Stewarding Loss – supporting civil society organisations to die, and the Co-founder of the Centre for Collective Imagination in London.
She runs a Philanthropy in Transitions Lab for Philea and has Fellowships at both the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge University. As a creative entrepreneur and strategic designer, she’s won awards from Nesta as a Creative Pioneer, an Ideas + Pioneers award from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and a Leader in Philanthropy award from the European Foundation Centre.
Amahra is a cultural worker and spatial practitioner, exploring transformation in the context of liberation. Guided by lineages of Black imagination, spatial justice and a more-than-human cosmology, Amahra is particularly interested in how transformation is practiced through narrative, design, space, systems, strategy and governance.
Amahra is the Founding Director of MAIA, an organisation that works with artists to collectively worldbuild and rehearse liberation into being. MAIA prototype life-affirming infrastructures across three mission strands: ‘Sites of Imagination’, ‘Resourcing the Movement’ and ‘Culture x Liberation’.
She is also Organiser for the Black Land and Spatial Justice Project, and currently Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham City University, exploring ‘Architectures of Abolition’ with architecture and design students.
Natasha co-ordinates EFN’s work to strengthen the effectiveness of the environmental charity sector and facilitates the Green Fundraiser’s Forum. She joined EFN from the Natural History Museum where she raised funds for projects that re-connect people to nature, particularly in urban areas. She has also worked in the arts and education sector and is currently a Trustee of Sydenham Garden, a wellbeing centre using its gardens and nature reserve to help people in recovery from mental and physical ill-health. Being both Ugandan and British – and having lived in both countries – she is fascinated by the way our culture and landscapes influence our relationship with nature and how this can shape and inspire healthier people and a healthier planet. Natasha has a degree in zoology. She lives in southeast London with her husband and her little boy.
Aliyah supports EFN’s communications and the coordination of the Rapid Response Fund. Previously she has worked with Groundwork London on a refugee integration initiative and before that, as a prison officer at HMP Brixton. She has an interest in intersectional environmentalism and environmental justice. Aliyah works at home from London, but when not at work likes to play netball and spend time with family.
Ella works with narrative and culture to effect change in the world, founding organisations like The Long Time Project; The Comms Lab that has incubated projects like The Purpose Disruptors & The Great Reset; campaigns like ItsOurTime and SHEvotes. See her SSIR article Using Story to Change Systems. She has also been published in The Guardian, The Financial Times, ID, Wired, Monocle, Fast Company & Creative Review. She is the host of the award-winning Long Time Academy Podcast.
Paddy is interested in how communication can help us awaken to what science and wisdom traditions reveal about our relationships, and the potential of a more viable, beautiful world. He collaborates with and advises organisations, universities, funders and campaigns, from the high-level institutional, to corporates and grassroots. This has included working with the UNFCCC Climate Champions and various collaborations with Purpose Disruptors. He’s the co-author of Stories for Life, a speaker, brand consultant, and once upon a time he trained as an actor.
Our approach builds on learnings from previous work to foster narrative communities. These are some of the things narrative communities can enable:
Sharing information – enabling research, insight and strategy to be shared between organisations opens up a greater flow of information and allows research to have a bigger impact
Sharing approaches – enabling organisations to learn from each other’s methods and strategies helps to strengthen approaches across the board and evolve the discipline overall
Fostering new alliances – narrative can be a helpful way of bringing together organisations who might work in different areas and have different agendas, but share overarching goals
Narrative coherence – depending on the degree of synthesis activities built in, narrative communities can give more coherence to messages across different movements.
inter-narratives has been developed with, and is maintained by the Environment Funders Network, which is a UK-based network of foundations, family offices and individual donors supporting environmental causes. Its aim is to increase the amount of financial support for environmental causes and to improve its overall effectiveness.
The effort is funded by Calouste Gulbenkian, and JJ Charitable Trust.
It was formerly known as the RESET NARRATIVES COMMUNITY, from August 2020-April 2023.