e85 tracey friesen – narratives of resilience for a post carbon world

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‘What’s starting to interest me is stories of resilience for a post carbon world. What are we going to need for our emotional well-being? It’s going to be a different world not long from now. If we do this, and we must do this, this transition has to happen and there’s going to be a sense of loss and sacrifice and challenge, not just with what’s happening externally from a climate point of view, but in how we’re going to have to make changes to our lives and reorient our energies in terms of our advocacy. I feel like there’s an opportunity for artists – I’m more connected to the film and television sector and the documentary community – throughout the system, to be able to provide realistic and yet reassuring narratives about what the upside of all this might be.’

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My #conscientpodcast conversation with media producer and cultural impact leader Tracey Friesen of Vancouver about increasing the power of media to affect social change, her book and organization Story Money Impact, and the good work of Good Pitch. Including quotes from e26 klein and e54 garrett.

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e84 viviane gosselin + mauro vescera of the museum of vancouver

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‘Museums have been very good at normalizing social values and so when you have this shift and the government is seeing it, we have to change behavior, the museum can create that space where people can rethink some of their conventional thinking about consuming, for example and there’s all kinds of ways, like we were saying earlier, of integrating this kind of knowledge, not in a lecturing way. I think that’s the key word, is we can be cheeky. This is a social activity. Nobody is forcing anyone to come to the museum and so when people come, they want to be intrigued, surprised and they love it. If you look at exit surveys, they love to come out thinking it’s like: I had no idea that I can make this kind of change and have this kind of impact.’

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My conversation with Viviane Gosselin, Director of Collections & Exhibitions, Curator of Contemporary Culture and Mauro Vescera, Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) about greening their operations and addressing the climate emergency and issues of climate justice through their exhibitions.

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e83 the greatest mass movement in history

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‘This episode lasts 59 seconds. I want to share a November 13th, 2021, tweet by British writer and climate activist George Monbiot: ‘Now we have no choice but to raise the scale of civil disobedience until we have built the greatest mass movement in history. We do not consent to the destruction of our life support systems’.’

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e83 is my reading of a November 13th, 2021, tweet by British writer and climate activist George Monbiot about ‘raising the scale of civil disobedience until we have built the greatest mass movement in history’. I agree and thank George.

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e82 washable paint

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e82 is an unedited, 20-minute soundscape recording, without narration, of a climate emergency rally and march on Friday, November 12, 2021, in Vancouver and an incident with police. The recording includes songs, speeches and chants about climate action and social justice.

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e81 – inspiration

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‘Art is a practice of expanding consciousness, which gives us a tremendous opportunity to explore and to embody possibility and to engage with the earth as it continues to change and with each other.’

– Rebecca Mwase, excerpt from e10 mwase – expanding consciousness (from an interview at Creative Climate Leadership USA, March, 2020)

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e81 inspiration are excerpts from all my #conscientpodcast conversations up to today where the tone and emotion in the voice of each person inspires and uplifts me.

é81 inspiration sont des extraits de toutes mes conversations #baladoconscient jusqu’à date où le ton et l’émotion dans la voix de la personne m’inspirent et m’encouragent profondément.

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e79 manifesto – accelerating climate action through the power of arts, culture and heritage

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‘We, the undersigned, declare that people, their cultures, and the natural and cultural heritage of the earth are profoundly at risk from human-caused climate change and the climate inaction that is deepening the unfolding climate crisis even while we reaffirm the immense power of arts, culture, and heritage to inspire climate action and enable a just transition to low carbon, climate resilient futures.’

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e79 is my #conscientpodcast reading of the ‘Accelerating Climate Action through the Power of Arts, Culture and Heritage’ manifesto developed by the Climate Heritage Network to summarize key cultural messages for COP26 and activate the arts, culture and heritage sector. You can find more information on the origins and the co-authors of the manifesto at cultureatcop.com.

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e77 seth klein – identifying a shared vision and a set of actions

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‘I think the same model (climate emergency coalitions) could and should be used by SCALE to have these arts and culture groups come together, identify a shared vision and a shared set of actions that together constitute a true climate emergency agenda for the arts and culture sector. That’s step one and then agreement to jointly campaign all with your individual constituencies on that declaration on that list of actions so that if you are the federal minister of culture or provincial minister of culture, you keep hearing over and over again from all of these different groups that are part of your portfolio. This is what we want.’

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This is my second #conscientpodcast conversation with seth klein (see e26 klein) where we get an update on the Climate Emergency Unit and a suggestion on how the #arts and #culture sector can identify a shared vision and set of actions that constitute a true climate emergency agenda and how to create a joint campaign. This episode includes an excerpt from e41 rae, with Jen Rae, in response to e26 klein.

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e76 kim richards – seeding a green new theatre in canada

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‘I wrote an article called Seeding a Green New Theatre in Canada that is drawing on a lot of principles of conversations happening around a green new deal in the United States and elsewhere, as well as other kinds of social justice movements happening on both sides of the border and thinking through what’s the kind of theatre and what are the plays that already existed in Canadian theatre history and what are more of the kinds of stories that we need to be telling and sharing and how to think about the transition that we’re facing socially from a justice perspective that really advances and brings forward the impact of the existing system by racialized communities, low income communities, the people who work within the energy or extractive development sector. There are a number of really quite remarkable pieces of work, many of which hadn’t been produced a whole lot of times that addressed those issues.’

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e76 kim richards – – seeding a green new theatre in canada is my #conscientpodcast conversation with Dr. Kim Richards, a post-doctoral fellow in public energy humanities at the University of Alberta, about the role of theatre in the climate emergency during a soundwalk around Trout Lake Park in Vancouver on Monday, November 1, 2021. With excerpts from e44 bilodeau, e59 pearl and e36 fanconi.

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e75 radical listening as climate action

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‘To me, radical listening is about stepping out of our comfort zone when we listen. Radical listening about thinking beyond what we think we know when we listen. Radical listening is about recognizing our biases, both conscious and unconscious. It’s about listening actively and sincerely. Ultimately, it’s about getting to the truth and facing reality.’

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e75 radical listening as climate action is my presentation and Q&A period at the FKL’s Unheard Landscapes Symposium on October 29, 2021 about ‘music as acoustic ecology’ and ‘radicality’ in the context of listening and the climate emergency, with excerpts from e54 mahtani, é55 trépanier and e22 westerkamp 

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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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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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episode 64 is part 2 of a bilingual speculative fiction radio play set in an undergraduate university history seminar course about the arts scene in 2021 in Canada that launches season 3 of the #conscientpodcast.

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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episode 63 is part 1 of a bilingual speculative fiction radio play set in an undergraduate university history seminar course about the arts scene in 2021 in Canada that launches season 3 of the #conscientpodcast.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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