Building Imagination Infrastructure to Shape Better Futures
‘An afternoon of talks and conversations exploring how we define, grow and resource Imagination Infrastructuring, and the importance of collective imagination.’
It’s Bloody Complicated: How To Stop Fascism
Accompanying his book with the same title. His guidance suggests a similar approach to what we describe as seeking the symphony from the cacophony: only by coming together and acting now can we counter this threat.
Why intersectional stories are key to helping the communities we serve
“By telling whole stories with care that include systems and history, and that center the voices of marginalized communities, we can help people understand systemic issues and inspire them to act.”
On Art and Activism
"Rather than directing our gaze (as activists) toward power, telling them things that they know very well over and over again, we need to make sure that the majority of our gaze is to the powerless. And to ensure that we are doing everything we can so that they have tools, capabilities and confidence, to actually speak and act, and have their agency to actually contribute, because that's the only time those at the top are going to listen" (KN).
What next on climate? The need for a new moderate flank
A call for what has been described elsewhere as a ‘middle out’ strategy: to activate “‘identities’ that will bring us together, rather than divide us” – e.g. parent, worker – to fill the gap between conventional and radical approaches.
Global Citizens’ Assemblies, a bold idea that needs our support!
The overton window has clearly shifted on Citizens Assemblies, with even publications like Forbes recognising the urgent need for inclusive, participatory democratic processes "that can transform what’s politically possible...exactly what’s needed to tackle the climate and ecological crisis."
A debate about movement-building
Should we build coalitions across political divides to respond to the climate emergency? George argues no, “you build a committed minority until it passes a social tipping point. You don’t appeal to the status quo. You change the status quo.” Alex argues yes – “what we need on climate isn’t to win battles - it’s to end wars. Which means winning people over, and building a larger us rather than a them-and-us.” What do you think?
Humanity will not be saved by promises
Having been erased from various coverage prior to COP, Vanessa took the main stage at COP to deliver an urgent plea, building on Greta’s “blah blah blah”, “begging” business and finance leaders to “prove us wrong”.
Good Life 2030
PD, who are seeking a way forward for the advertising industry, use Climate Outreach’s Britain Talks Climate segmentation to find that people in the UK seek greater interconnection with themselves, their community, and nature. Full report due October 26th.
Overwhelming backing for strong climate policy
Evidence keeps mounting that the UK public – not just those who’ve been through an Assembly, including ‘blue wall’ voters – back a significant shift in government action on climate. Let’s make sure that the predatory delay, ‘net zero watch’ folk can’t forget it.
The Project Drawdown founder shifts focus from ‘what’ we need to do to ‘how’ to do it, with a focus on Regeneration that is echoed in the business world by another prominent Paul. Hear Hawken discuss his approach, or join his course.
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.