Stories from the Future: Crisis as catalyst for carbon-neutrality

7 Jun 2020 – 31 Dec 2020

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16:00 – 18:00

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Cost: 30 Euros (including all 4 public sessions + additional closed working sessions) If you cannot afford the participation fee but want to take part in the workshop series, please get in touch with us:

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COLLECTIVE PRACTICES presents STORIES FROM THE FUTURE: Crisis as catalyst for carbon-neutrality a workshop series with Lisa Pettibone & Dylan Harris (June - December 2020). First date: Online workshop


The only times global greenhouse gas emissions have fallen in the past 200 years were during times of crisis: war, depression, or pandemic. This constant growth means we now have only 10 years to permanently reverse the rise of climate emissions and at most until mid-century to become carbon neutral if we are to avoid the most devastating effects of runaway climate change. How can—and must—we work together to create a world where our grandchildren can thrive?

This workshop series will run throughout COLLECTIVE PRACTICES, picking up the thread in each of its four explorations (#NARRATIVES, #KNOWLEDGES, #CARE, and #RESISTANCE) to imagine—and begin to build—the future we want:
Participants will collaborate in several events that bring together scientific knowledge, creative energy, personal connections, and the will to act to envision the better way we want to be —10 years from now. What does it mean to “degrow,” and remove fossil fuels from the economy in a way that improves our lives?

As we discuss, we will create artifacts from our vision of the future. These artifacts could be short stories or poems, sculpture, technological prototypes, or scientific articles written in 2030. In creating these artifacts, we will share what we have learned through our collective investigation.

Together, we will present at a final event in December: a piece developed collaboratively that uses degrowth ideas to present bold ideas for a sustainable future. And with luck, we will discover how to learn from each other to create something none of us could alone.

The series includes 4 public workshop sessions, initiated by Lisa Pettibone, moderated together with Dylan Harris and additional speakers invited to give impulse presentations. The active participation in the workshop series includes regular closed working sessions (about once per month).

Lisa Pettibone an independent sustainability teacher, researcher, and writer. She is interested in radical belief systems like degrowth and the ideological change needed for societies to move away from capitalism. In addition to teaching, she enjoys experimenting with different media to talk about such as change, from academic writing to speculative fiction and performance to her podcast “My Climate Diet” (

Dylan Harris is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. His work focuses on the stories we tell (and don't tell) about climate change; why stories are important in the context of crisis, climate change being one of many; and how to tell meaningful stories about and for a more just, equitable future. He is interested in how topics as diverse as folklore and fermentation can help to better articulate and enact ideas like climate justice and a just transition. He is also a contributing editor of the project/blog Not Afraid of the Ruins (

Registration includes and requires the participation in the public as well as in the closed working sessions throughout the series.


First wave: Narratives, 07.06.2020, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr (on ZOOM)
We have ten years to solve the climate crisis, and the even more acute crises of sustainability, from economic inequality to biodiversity loss to nitrogen imbalances. So let’s imagine—together—how our world will look 10 years from now. How have we addressed these problems? Have we used the current public health crisis to force dramatic change? In this first workshop, we will look at the role of narratives and visions in starting change. How do narratives create our reality, and how can shifting the narrative suddenly create new possibilities? We’ll look at the case of degrowth as a narrative that sees capitalism and economic growth as the cause of climate change, inequality, and other problems. Then we will begin to envision new narratives that break free of a growth mindset. We will ask ourselves, how could this new world look in 10 years?

Second wave: Knowledges (September - exact date & time TBA)
In our second workshop, we will bring together different knowledges related to degrowth in different countries and cultures. Is “degrowth” a term for the rich/white/industrialized/Western world, or is it relevant in indigenous cultures/communities of color/the global South? What knowledges exist beyond where we’ve looked? We will weave these knowledges into our creative future visions. It may be possible to organize this in conjunction with the international degrowth conference in Manchester (1-5 September).

Third wave: Care (October/November - exact date & time TBA)
In the third wave, we spread like a virus: delving into our social networks to share our ideas and gain allies, and think carefully about our needs to extend our experiment beyond the life of “Collective Practices.” In this meeting, the core group from the first and second waves holds a panel discussion or group webinar to report to the interested public about what we’ve been up to, what we’ve learned, and where we’re going.

Fourth wave: Resistances (December - exact date & time TBA)
At the end of our time together, we present what we have created in the form of a live presentation or book/pamphlet reading. The format will be determined collaboratively by Lisa and the core group, and may take the form of a speculative conference with presentations about how we changed the world, a performance piece, or readings from speculative pieces.


... CP is a new series at ACUD MACHT NEU that examines “collective practice” as it relates to artistic creation, cultural organizing and social coexistence. Together with all participating players, we, a team of cultural producers, look forward to researching, discussing, understanding and practicing collectivity across four thematic explorations (#NARRATIVES / #KNOWLEDGES / #CARE / #RESISTANCE).

More  Info:

The number of participants is restricted to a maximum of 20 people. If you want to take part in the workshop series, please send us an email to, including the following information:
-What do you hope to bring to the collaboration in terms of knowledge, interests, perspective, and experience?
-What do you hope to take with you from the collaboration?
-What (person, movement, article/book, painting, etc.) inspires you when you think about the future?


Daniela Silvestrin

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