“If we want to transform society, we must learn to tell – and listen to – a new set of stories about the world we want to create.” – Ashoka
“We need new narratives to bring people together to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable world at a time when, as Greta Thunberg said, ‘our house is on fire’.” – World Economic Forum
“We urgently need new narratives to imagine the impossible.” – Green Economy Coalition
“Climate change is a failure of the imagination.” – Naomi Klein
From all sides, the same call emerges: “We need new narratives”, to make imaginable, and therefore possible the transformations that we need in order to live together on this planet.
Narratopias is a collaborative and open project to organize, on a global scale, a collective response to this call for new narratives. An invitation to embark on a collective search for alternative, transformative narratives, and turn them into the seeds of concrete changes.
This project will develop in two chapters. First, we will collect existing “new narratives” from all over the world. Then, we will connect, facilitate and support initiatives that both enrich the diversity of narratives, and use them to empower individuals and communities to think up or effect transformations.
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What are “Transformative narratives” within Narratopias?
Transformative Narratives, for us, are artistic or fictional stories, told through different voices and media (text, video, game, performance, visual arts…), that point at a systemic transformation towards a different, and better, present or future.
These new narratives offer different ways of looking at the world, however, they are not purely dystopic or critical.
They can be about the future, the present or even the past; About your community, region, or the planet, or even the universe. They can be your own work, or references that you find inspiring; Original or pre-existing works; Based on imaginary worlds or on existing initiatives and experiences.