e70 one step at a time

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‘We make choices by not making choices
And we live with unbearable consequences
We hear alarm bells, but do not respond
We cling to uncertainty like a sad song
We act as if unaware and innocent We are cognitively dissonant’ …

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e70 one step at a time is a monologue that I recorded on September 28th, 2021, in one take, while walking in the forest in Duhamel Québec where I talk recite a poem that I wrote earlier that day about making choices and moving forward one step at a time in ‘radical listening’ mode, which is the theme of season 3 of #conscientpodcast.

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e69 soundwalk in the dark

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‘It’s 4 56 am on Tuesday, rather than Wednesday, September 29th. I’m about to do something I’ve never done before, a soundwalk in the dark. I wanted to share with you this experience of walking in the dark and see what happens.’

e69 soundwalk in the dark is a monologue that I recorded on September 29th, 2021, from 4.56am to 5.25am, in one take, while walking around our cottage in Duhamel Québec in the dark. I talk about soundwalking, listening, reconciliation, John Cage, dancing, etc., including quotes from #conscientpodcast season 2: ‘do not listen to this episode’ and e22 westerkamp. Note: I miscalculated the time that the sun would rise and ended up walking in the dark for the entire time !

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e68 andrew davies and no. 9 gardens

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‘I think the transformation of knowledge is really important. What we can do from our generation to the next is try and help prepare them for the impacts of climate change, but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom…’

– andrew davies

e68 andrew davies and no. 9 gardens is a #conscientpodcast conversation that I recorded on September 26th 2021, in one take, while in a yurt with Andrew Davies, Director of No 9 Gardens, near Kingston, Ontario. We talked about the art and environment, reconciliation, yurts, education, passing on knowledge and the joys of farming and art making.

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e67 wanna be an ally

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‘I’ve been thinking about decolonization and reconciliation and other issues in our relations with indigenous communities. I was reading the ‘wanna be an ally’ poem the other day that really affected me positively but also emotionally and I wanted to read it to you.’

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e67 wanna be an ally is a reading of the poem ‘wanna be an ally’ from Towards Braiding by Elwood Jimmy and Vanessa Andreotti written in collaboration with Sharon Stein and published by the Musagetes Foundation. Used with authors’ permission.

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e66 stillness

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‘I’m interested in doing episodes that are in the moment, unedited moments of thinking out loud and not thinking too much because the rest of my body is working at soaking in this space.’

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e66 stillness is a monologue that I recorded on September 14th, 2021, in one take, while sitting still in a kayak in a shallow bay on the Preston River, in Duhamel Québec where I talk about stillness, not-thinking and what I am hearing and feeling at that moment. This recording includes quotes from an unpublished episode of simplesoundscapes from 2016 and #conscientpodcast e19 reality.

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e65 drifting into season 3

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‘What I’m looking for, ultimately, is an anchoring point: where are we at and what can we do to ensure the continuation of life?’

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e65 drifting into season 3 is a monologue that I recorded on September 13th 2021, in one take, while drifting in a kayak on the Preston River, Duhamel Québec, that explains what season 3 of the #conscientpodcast (on the theme of ‘radical listening’) is about, including quotes from e21 (Dr Todd Dufresne), e23 (Anjali Appadurai) and a zen teaching. 

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e64 a case study (part 2)

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‘Welcome back to the History of 2021 in Canada seminar. We’re going to conclude our case study today of the 2nd season of the conscient podcast.’

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L’épisode 64 a case study (partie 2) est une création radiophonique spéculative, bilingue, en deux parties qui se déroule dans le cadre d’un cours de séminaire universitaire de premier cycle sur la scène artistique en 2021 au Canada et qui lance la saison 3 du #baladoconscient.

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e63 a case study (part 1)

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‘Welcome to the History of 2021 in Canada seminar. We’re going to do a case study today of the second season of the conscient podcast.’

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L’épisode 63 (partie 1) est une création radiophonique spéculative bilingue qui se déroule dans le cadre d’un cours de séminaire universitaire de premier cycle sur la scène artistique en 2021 au Canada et qui lance la saison 3 du #baladoconscient.

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e62 compilation – season / saison 2

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‘I think capitalism is over, but the problem is we have nothing to replace it with. Here’s when we need artists, and others, to tell us what kind of vision they have for a future that is different than that: a future of play and meaningful work would be one future that I think is not just utopic, but very possible. ‘

– dr. todd dufresne

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41, 1m excerpts from season 2 of #conscientpodcast

41 extraits de 1m de la saison 2 de #baladoconscient

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e61 sokoloski – from research to action

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‘We need greater capacity within the art sector for research to action : tools, understanding, training and connections to truly impact policy. ‘

– robin sokoloski

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My #conscientpodcast conversation with arts leader Robin Sokoloski about cultural research, arts policy, climate emergency, community-engaged arts, creative solution making and how to create equitable and inclusive organizational structures

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é60 boutet : à la recherche d’un esprit collectif

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‘L’art peut aider les humains à évoluer. Cette action a toujours été là. Il suffit de la relancer encore et encore et encore.’

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Ma conversation #baladoconscient avec la chercheure en pratique des arts, Dr. Danielle Boutet sur la conscience écologique, la réalité, l’activisme, le deuil, l’art comme mode de vie, l’innovation et la spiritualité

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e59 pearl – positive tipping points

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‘SCALE (Sectoral Climate Arts Leadership for the Emergency) is a national round table for the arts and culture sector to mobilize around the climate emergency. A few months ago, you and I, and a few others were all having the same realization that while there was a lot of important work and projects happening at the intersection of arts and sustainability in Canada, there lacked some kind of structure to bring this work together, to align activities, to develop a national strategy, and to deeply, deeply question the role of arts and culture in the climate emergency and activate the leadership of the sector in terms of the mobilization that needs to happen in wider society. SCALE is really trying to become that gathering place that will engender that high level collaboration, which hopefully will create those positive tipping points.’

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My #conscientpodcast conversation with arts and climate organiser Judi Pearl about theatre, climate emergency, collaboration, arts leadership, intersection of arts and sustainability and the newly formed Sectoral Climate Arts Leadership for the Emergency (SCALE)

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e58 huddart – the arts show us what is possible

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‘The arts give us a shared sense of this moment and its gravity, but also what’s possible and how quickly that tipping point could be reached.’

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My #conscientpodcast conversation with Stephen Huddart about dematerialization, nature, culture, capital, supporting grassroots activity, innovation and how the arts can show us what is possible

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é57 roy – ouvrir des consciences

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‘Ouvrir des consciences, le rêve dans l’esprit des autres et insuffler des graines de possibles d’un avenir.’

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Ma conversation #baladoconscient avec l’artiste Annie Roy sur l’art socialement engagé, le deuil, les politiques culturelles, l’apport de l’art, ouvrir des consciences et la place de l’art dans nos vies

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é56 garoufalis-auger – surmonter les injustices

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‘Il y a des exemples dans l’histoire quand l’humanité s’est rassemblée pour surmonter des injustices. Il faut s’inspirer de ça.’

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Ma conversation #baladoconscient avec l’activiste Anthony Garoufalis-Auger sur les sacrifices à venir, les stratégies politiques, les coalitions, le point de vue des jeunes et le rôle de l’art et de la culture dans l’urgence climatique

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é55 trépanier – un petit instant dans un espace beaucoup plus vaste

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Le colonialisme aura été un tout petit instant dans un espace beaucoup plus vaste.

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e54 garrett – empowering artists

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We do have a future. It may look very different and sometimes our inability to see that future is confused for there not being one.

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e53 kalmanovitch – nurturing imagination

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We are facing a crisis of failure of imagination and one of the things that artistic practice does is to nurture imagination. It’s our job.

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e52 mahtani – listening and connecting

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We need to find ways to encourage people to listen and savour a deeper relationship with our natural world.

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e51 hiser – the emotional wheel of climate

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The arts are maybe the last open space where boxiness and rigidity aren’t present.

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e50 newton – imagining the future we want

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We put bounds on what feels like reality and the arts helps us push against that limited set of beliefs: we can imagine the future we want.

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e49 windatt – hoslitic messages

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The arts are a great vehicle to deliver holistic messages about change to everyone

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é48 danis – l’art durable

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Comment peut-on se raconter la planète, ou se raconter notre expérience terrestre, quand on partage un lieu?

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e47 keeptwo – reconciliation to heal the earth

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My book ‘We All Go Back to the Land’ explores our Original Agreement to nurture, protect, honour and respect the Earth Mother and work collectively towards healing her.

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e46 badham – creating artistic space to think

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The arts are a place to ask questions, play out politics, negotiate ideas and create space for people to think through issues.

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e45 abbott – a compassionate, just and sustainable world

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Reality is deeply subjective but also socially constructed : as a filmmaker I try to explore reality to untangle and figure out in what ways are we being deluded.

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e44 bilodeau – the arts are good at changing culture

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I think of the arts as planting a seed and saying ‘here’s a problem: let’s think about it together and explore avenues.’

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e43 haley – climate as a cultural issue

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Climate change is a cultural issue, not a scientific issue : we need to ask deep questions and listen.

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e42 rosen – when the climate threat becomes real

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Humanity is adaptable and resilient and when forced to, can make surprisingly monumental changes when the threat becomes real.

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e41 rae – a preparedness mindset

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A preparedness mindset means that you are thinking into the future and if one of those scenarios happens, you’ve already mentally prepared.

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e40 frasz – integrating awakeness in daily life

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The arts help people wake up to the need for change AND undergo the transformation process once woken

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e39 engle – the integral role of the arts in societal change

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The role of artists is fundamental and we need their perspectives and ideas about how change occurs.

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e38 zenith – art as medicine to metabolize charge

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e38 zenith - art as medicine to metabolize charge
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Art is a tributary coming off from ritual that is still consensually allowed in this reality when the direct communication with nature was silenced.

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é37 lebeau – l’art régénératif

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Il faut passer du modèle ‘Take Make Waste’ à ‘Care Dare Share’ et de créer de l’art régénératif et nourrissant.

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e36 fanconi – towards carbon positive work

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We want to do carbon positive work and for our artwork to be involved with ecological restoration.

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e35 salas – adapting to reality

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Artists are interested in understanding how to adapt their practice to the climate crisis but they need help, like we all do.

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é34 ramade – l’art qui nous emmène ailleurs

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Quand des chiffres et des courbes statistiques sur le climat sont transposés, joués, et interprétés en musique, ça nous emmène ailleurs.

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e33 toscano – what we’re fighting for

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We need to tell climate stories about what we’re fighting for, not what we’re fighting against.

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é32 tsou – changer notre culture

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Quand il faut changer notre culture, les arts sont des bons outils.

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e31 morrow – artists as reporters

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Artists are all reporters, somehow journalists, who translate our message into our art.

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e30 maggs – art and the world after this

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The arts have the capacity to sit at the heart of critical problem-solving challenges.

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e29 loy – the bodhisattva path

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The bodhisattva path is not simply personal awakening but to awaken in order to be a service to everyone.

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é28 ung – résilience et vulnérabilité

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La résilience est notre capacité d’être vulnérable.

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don’t listen to this episode – something Cage said

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don’t listen to this episode

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é27 prévost – l’énergie créatrice consciente

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Face à la crise écologique, il faut laisser l’énergie créatrice libre, mais pas inconsciente.

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e26 klein – rallying through art

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The work of artists during World War II was not dystopian (though horrific), the tone was rallying us.

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e25 shaw – a sense of purpose

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There’s something generative and supportive about feeling a sense of purpose in a time of collapse.

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e24 weaving – the good, possible and beautiful

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Recognition of the good, possible and beautiful is one of the roles that artists can play.

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e23 appadurai – what does a just transition look like?

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The ecological crisis is a symptom of our rift from nature and our urge to dominate others which artists can touch.

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e22 westerkamp – slowing down through listening

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We need to allow for time to pass without actions or solutions and to experience it through listening and meditation

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e21 dufresne – capitalism is over

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Capitalism is over: we need artists, and others, to tell us what kind of vision they have for a different future

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é20 réalité – citations et composition

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De plus en plus, je vois et, surtout, je ressens maintenant dans mes os « l’état des choses telles qu’elles existent réellement », sans filtres sociaux ou histoires sur des activités non durables pour me bloquer le chemin vers cette compréhension ressentie.

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e19 reality – quotes and composition

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I now see, and more importantly, I now feel in my bones, ‘the state of things as they actually exist’, without social filters or unsustainable stories blocking the way.

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e18 ccl usa – a compilation of 10 episodes

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excerpts from conscient: art & environment podcast episodes 8 to 17 in the Creative Climate Leadership USA Series

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e17 piro – creative facilitators in the age of climate change

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my conversation with change agent, disruptor, artist, counselor, sparkplug and community architect Em Piro on art and sustainability (episode 10 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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e16 delaparra – start somewhere and be curious

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my conversation with writer, artist, and climate resilience planner Lauren de la Parra about art, environment and climate action (episode 9 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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e15 chasansky – make climate a part of strategic planning

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my conversation with municipal arts funder and museums educator Matthew Chasansky about art, climate change and government support (episode 8 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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e14 kirn – scientists, artists and sustainablists

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my conversation with ecoarts activist, art-science connector and founding director of EcoArts Connections (EAC), Marda Kirn about art, scientists and sustainablists (episode 7 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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e13 freiband – weaving art into action

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my conversation with artist, filmmaker and educator Andrew Freiband about art as research (episode 6 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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e12 liverman – looking for some hope

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my conversation with scientist Diana Liverman about art, science and climate change (episode 5 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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e11 dunlap – perpetuating the values that you want to see

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my conversation with multidisciplinary and circus artist Eliana Dunlap circus arts and climate change (episode 4 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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e10 mwase – expanding consciousness

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my conversation with theatre and performance artist, consultant, and cultural organizer Rebecca Mwase on expanding consciousness (episode 3 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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e09 mcmahon – watching things drop away

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my conversation with artist and educator Ellen McMahon on covid-19, art and science (episode 2 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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e08 johnston – the arts shape our belief systems

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my conversation with creative strategist, coach and facilitator Sholeh Johnston about creative climate leadership (episode 1 of 10 in CCL USA Series)

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é07 kasisi – comprendre les motivations des populations avec la culture

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Ma conversation avec le scientifique Robert Kasisi sur la biodiversité, l’art et l’environnement.

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e06 lim – making necessary concessions

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Can we change radically our performance practices in order to make necessary changes and concessions?

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e05 carruthers – art that informs, forms and transforms

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eco-artist beth carruthers on cultures of sustainability

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é04 fel – créer un imaginaire d’un futur ou ça se passe bien

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une conversation avec l’activiste en art et écologie français loïc fel

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e03 tickell – creative cultural allegiances

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julie’s bicycle ceo alison tickell on art and climate change

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é02 éveil – éclater ma bulle de dénie

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comment ma bulle de déni climatique a éclaté

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e01 terrified – triggering my climate denial bubble to burst

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how my climate change denial bubble burst

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