The Activist, and why we must consider the cultural footprint of our work
Ruth takes a sharp look at the short-lived ‘Activist’ gameshow in the US as ‘perhaps a magnified version of practices that are deeply embedded in the social and environmental sectors’ and wonders how we can better come together to tackle our shared challenges.
The Future is a Territory We Must Defend
The briefing doc for CHL’s latest Content Labs session, which is “drawing attention to the relationship between Indigenous peoples and climate collapse”. Includes a very useful set of references. Also see Lo-TEK by Julia Watson.
Intro to: The Endless Sea: A Hopeful Vision Of Tomorrow
A recording of the intro to MIC’s project, which aims to “provide change-makers, thinkers and practitioners with elements of a blueprint for a widely shared new story for a better tomorrow.”
Behavioural science won’t fix the climate crisis
Nodding to Hannah Arendt and Rosa Parks, Sutoris demands “bold, imaginative solutions addressing the flaws of our culture and politics that don't come out of the predictability of behavior change, but from the novelty of action.”
The Features Of Narratives: A Model of Narrative Form for Social Change Efforts
A sudden flurry of activity leaves us with three very useful reports. This one looking at narrative form, as well as a piece on talking about poverty, and an investigation of how other fields think about narrative.
Don’t call people out – call them in
How to challenge wrongdoing while still creating space for growth, forgiveness and fun, by ‘calling in’ or ‘calling on’, instead of ‘calling out’ – this generation’s ‘non-violent direct action’.
Movement building and mobilisation
Isabel Crabtree Condor shares her thoughts on ‘using narrative work to connect and activate your audiences’, not necessarily to change their perspective, but to ‘create a question mark in their mind’.
Covering Climate Equitably
Aimed at journalists but useful for all – ‘tips on looking at potential stories through an equity lens...a glossary of terms, guidance on language choices
Culture Wars are Long Wars
"Instilling new ideas and overthrowing existing orthodoxies takes time—usually two to three generations of time. It is a 35-50 year process."
Counter Culture: How To Resist The Culture Wars And Build 21st Century Solidarity
‘An all-out assault on ‘wokeness’ is seen as an easy way to unite (the reactionary) base. How should progressives navigate their way through these wars?’ Also see NEON’s guide.
The Endless Sea: Imagining a Story of Tomorrow
‘A hopeful narrative project...that aims to understand the aspirations, ideas and visions that might help shape a positive story of tomorrow...focusing attention towards the future world that we will all share, and in so doing transcending the divisions of today.’