Shifting Cultural Stories Art Call

“Society’s goals and mindsets could be thought of as the stories we tell ourselves. Some cultural stories are deeply ingrained in us as a species, while some are the predominant narratives of the particular society into which we have been born. They help us make sense of the world around us, but they may also hinder our ability to foresee big social changes and to adjust our behavior accordingly. Therefore, some of these stories need to change: we may need to shift from the consumer economy to a conserver economy; from valuing things to valuing relationships and experiences; from inevitable growth to a steady-state economy; from a politics of mass persuasion to a politics of local engagement.”
– Richard Heinberg

WNFE Shifting Cultural Stories

You are invited to participate in @WhatsNextForEarth’s art call ShiftingCultural Stories open until March 15, 2022. What’s Next for Earth is a participative art project based on Instagram that invites artists to respond to a bi-monthly topic, reflecting on the human predicament. An online exhibition will be on view on whatsnextforearth.com and on the MAHB website, in the arts section between March 20 to May 20, 2022.

Since April 2020, What’s Next for Earth proposed 19 art calls including this one. 

PLEASE READ THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE VIDEO HERE if you do not get the chance to watch it.

In 2021, What’s Next for Earth proposes to go through The Post Carbon Institute’s FREE online course THINK RESILIENCE, one lesson at a time. Please sign up at education.resilience.org (it’s easy!) – Each lesson is short and gives an excellent overview of the topic.

Think Resilience / Please watch:
– the introductory video (lesson 1)

CHAPTER ONE – Our converging Crisis
– Energy, (lesson 2)
– Population and Consumption (lesson 3).
– Depletion (lesson 4)
– Pollution (Lesson 5)

CHAPTER TWO – The Roots and Results of Our Crises
Political & Economic Management (Social Structure) (lesson 6)
Belief Systems (Lesson 7)
– Biodiversity (Lesson 8)
– Collapse (lesson 9)

CHAPTER THREE – Making Change
In this session we’ll learn how change happens, and how we might influence change in human society:- Thinking in Systems (Lesson 10)
– Shifting Cultural Stories (Lesson 11)

Think Resilience Course

“Acting without this understanding
is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.”

Richard Heinberg 2015
Richard Heinberg

Think Resilience is hosted by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s leading experts on the urgency and challenges of moving society away from fossil fuels.

We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What should we do?

Think Resilience is an online course offered by Post Carbon Institute to help you get started on doing something. It features twenty-two video lectures—about four hours total—by Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost experts on the urgency and challenges of transitioning society away from fossil fuels. Think Resilience is rooted in Post Carbon Institute’s years of work in energy literacy and community resilience. It packs a lot of information into four hours, and by the end of the course you’ll have good start on two important skills:

1. How to make sense of the complex challenges society now faces. What are the underlying, systemic forces at play? What brought us to this place? Acting without this understanding is like putting a bandage on a life-threatening injury.

2. How to build community resilience. While we must also act in our individual lives and as national and global citizens, building the resilience of our communities is an essential response to the 21st century’s multiple sustainability crises.

How to participate in the Art Call

1. Sign up for the THINK RESILIENCE COURSE if you did not do it before. If possible, watch all the videos, and watch THINKING IN SYSTEMS. If you do not have the time, PLEASE READ THE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT.

2. Create your piece using any format/technique you wish. 

3. Post it on your Instagram page. Include a description of your piece in your photo’s caption: title, technique, size, and, most importantly, the relationship with the theme. 

Copy and paste all these tags at the end of your description
#ShiftingCulturalStories #artcall
@WhatsNextForEarth
@mahbglobal
@postcarboninstitute
#extractionart
#mahbstanfordarts
#WhatsNextForEarth
#ecoart
#artactivism
#humanpredicament
#mahbartscommunity
#anthropocene
#climateemergency
#climatechange
#codered
#UprootTheSystem
#EndFossilFuels
#TellTheTruth
#BlahBlahBlah

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