An evolution of the interdisciplinary Creative Factory we co-led during UNCOP21 at Paris, we have just launched our System Change Hive in Brighton. In collaboration with Brighton University School of Media, and ESRC STEPS Centre as participating experts in sustainability and systems thinking, the Hive experiment is made possible by a major grant award from the Arts Council of England. It will be the UK’s first interdisciplinary creative engine room for post-capitalist futures, a connective space where emerging artists will work alongside established creative mentors and experts in alternative economics and sustainable futures to explore and communicate informed visions of a better life in the new economy we need. The artistic outputs and learnings from the HIVE will result in a rich public engagement programme of touring exhibitions, debates and workshops. Visit the website and follow at systemchangehive.org
As the final stage of the creative journey, the young artists will work in the virtual reality lab of Brighton’s Digital Catapult to create an art driven, immersive simulation of pathways to sustainable futures. We are excited to be working with ESRC STEPS Centre, School of Media at Brighton University, and Digital Catapult Resident VR Craftworks on the development of this project.
ABOUT THE PILOT – CREATIVE FACTORY
Several campaigners described these creative factories as ‘transformational’ for their climate work. Visit this microsite on the old Swarm site to get a sense of what took place and read testimonials and press coverage about what we achieved.
There is an urgent need to shift climate change communications beyond the ‘greenie’ frame in which it is too often stuck. There is also an urgent need to think differently about campaign strategy and learn from historically successful approaches outside of the environmental sphere. We encourage NGOs and change makers to replicate workshops with similar dynamics all over the world. A tool kit, put together by Place to B and Swarm is available on request. We are very grateful to French non-profit organisation Ecolo Info and to Lush Ethical Cosmetics for financially supporting our work on COP21.
Separate to the Creative Factories, since 2016 Swarm Dynamics devised and facilitated creative thinking workshops for environmental NGOs to help them think differently about their campaign strategies, and Story Labs with animators in residence to bring effective story telling approaches to their communications.
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