Our Entangled Future: Short Stories to Empower Quantum Social Change. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion
Is it time to tell a new story about climate change? Karen O'Brien talks on the potential of stories to empower social change.
For this Environmental Lunch Time Discussion, Karen O'Brien will describe a book project where writers and researchers from around the world were invited to contribute short stories aimed to empower "quantum social change." The nine stories, each paired with a piece of art, highlight themes such as entanglement, indigenous knowledge, agency, and relationships with non-human species. The emotional responses to "Our Entangled Future" will be analyzed to assess the potential for telling new stories about climate change. You can find the book here.
Karen O'Brien’s research focuses on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation including how climate change interacts with globalization processes and the implications for human security. She is interested in how transdisciplinary and integral approaches to global change research can contribute to a better understanding of how societies both create and respond to change, and particularly the role of beliefs, values and worldviews in transformations to sustainability. She is also interested in the potential implications of quantum social theory for climate change responses. She has participated in four IPCC reports and is on the Science Committee for Future Earth, a 10-year global change research initiative. She is also the co-founder of cCHANGE.no, a website that provides perspectives on transformation in a changing climate.
About the event
The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We will 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, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.