WEBINAR: Action Stories: Mapping a Better World. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion
Sarah Prosser and Amy Franceschini (Futurefarmers) discuss their interdisciplinary collaboration for Action Stories, which brings the two together to reflect on the seemingly unrelated fields of geology and social innovation.
Photo: Mads Pålsrud
Mapping a Better World: https://www.actionstories.no/stories-actions/mapping-a-better-world
About the presenter
Sarah Prosser is originally a geologist and had her own research group working on 'rift-related sequence stratigraphy' before moving from the UK to Norway in the late 1990s.
In 2015 Sarah started in a position working with grassroots social innovation and social entrepreneurship in the Tøyen area of Oslo. Here she founded neighborhood incubator Tøyen Unlimited, as well taking the initiative to implement participatory budgeting for the first time in Norway, and trial projects around different forms of alternative community currencies. As country manager for Ashoka, Sarah represented the world's largest global network for social entrepreneurship and changemaking in Norway. She also lectures in social innovation for social workers at VID in Oslo. Sarah was a co-founder of Oslo's Human Rights Human Wrongs documentary film festival, worked at UNEP's centre GRID-Arendal with matters concerning the UN Law of the Seas and led British Council Norway, the UK's international cultural organisation for the arts, education and inclusion. She is originally from Edinburgh in Scotland.
Futurefarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an interest in making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding us. Founded in 1995, the design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program and research interests. Futurefarmers consists of artists, designers, architects, anthropologists, writers and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyze moments of "not knowing". Futurefarmers work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim, MAXXI in Rome, Italy, Sharjah Biennale, Taipei Biennale, Henie Onstad Museum, Oslo, New York Hall of Sciences and the Walker Art Center.
About the Action Stories miniseries
This webinar is the final in a series of three lunchtime discussions co-hosted by Growlab and Oslo School of Environmental Humanities to mark the launch of Action Stories: a new online platform that aims to explore and convey through essays, interviews, artworks and actions how the covid-19 crisis could re-calibrate socio-ecological thinking and our individual and collective relationship to nature and each other.
Action Stories launched in March 2021 with a series of six newly-commissioned texts and artworks by Liisa-Rávná Finbog, Anders Sunna, Jordan Seiler, Bill Posters, Sarah Prosser and Amy Franceschini covering three distinct but interrelated topics: Indigeneity and the Green Return; Urban Commons; and Radical Economies.
About the event series
The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.