Storytelling is Part of the Solution

by Kevin Kanarek on June 9, 2010

in Green21, social change, sustainability, Video

Over the past year we’ve had the opportunities to speak with many inspiring people in the sustainability movement.  One thing that emerged from these talks is that storytelling is indeed part of the solution.

Speakers:
Kari Fulton, Brower Youth Award Winner, on the power of one person to inspire change
Zenobia Barlow, Executive Director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, on the challenge of understanding the scale of climate change
Lewis Perkins, Co-author of Green Heroes, on creating optimism and reducing fear
Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director, Global Footprint Network, on how we need to position ourselves
Boyd Cohen, President,  3rd Whale, on the power of mobile to influence decision making
Tod Argbogast, Board Member National Recycling Coalition, on the hope for the future

And special thanks to the Global Oneness Project which has kindly allowed us to include some of their footage.
Stay tuned as the Green21 pilot episode about water — “Got H20?” — goes into production this summer.

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Bob Gower July 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm

After watching this I realize how essential story-telling is to planetary transformation. I’ve always loved a good story of course but you really bring home that we need stories to show us how our actions impact those so far away. It has me thinking of systems theory and the butterfly effect – how one small action can have greatly magnified results as it moves through a system. I’m thinking of Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception talking about ideas as the most persistent viruses. I don’t think we need to actually enter peoples dreams to plant ideas – all we need to do is tell compelling stories.

Frank November 7, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Here’s a story I just read:
http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175459/tomgram%3A_chip_ward%2C_occupy_earth/

It’s a little on the angry/accusatory side, but does act as a sort of clarion call to do something – anything (particularly knowing some of the facts).

As a side note:
A woman in my store today opted to not use a (plastic) bag to carry her broccoli, instead just carrying the broccoli in her basket – she said she was trying to lighten her footprint.

It was a small gesture, but it raised my hopes that people are paying attention and trying – in any way they can – to do something, and every little bit helps. That’s one less bag that has to be manufactured, one less bag that will sit un-decomposed in a landfill (or worse, floating in the pacific gyre), one less possible choking hazard for humans, birds or sea creatures, and one less source of toxic vapors known to cause harm to pretty much everything.

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