Interesting projects

Agam Agenda: A dynamic, shape-shifting platform for creative, trans-disciplinary collaboration designed to grow and contribute to fluid networks of climate-aware writers, artists, scientists, youth, and campaigners.

ClimateCultures: Creative cultural responses to environmental and climate change.

Climaginaries: A three-year research project initiated in September 2018, financed through the Swedish research council FORMAS. The overarching aim of Climaginaries is to advance the understanding of imaginaries as means through which to catalyse the forms of political, economic, and social responses required for transitioning to a post-fossil society.

The Dark Mountain Project: The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. They produce and seek out writing, art and culture rooted in place, time and nature. Blowing your mind with wild words and worlds: an exploration of global eco-fiction.

Green Reads – Excerpts: Our own project that freely promotes author works by allowing them to submit short excerpts, publication information, and social media links. Submissions may be all types of fiction, poetry, prose, graphic novels, essays, and so on that deal with environmental issues.

Future Library: Scottish artist Katie Paterson has launched a 100-year artwork, Future Library, Framtidsbiblioteket, for the city of Oslo in Norway. The prizewinning author, poet, essayist and literary critic Margaret Atwood has been named as the first writer to contribute to the project. A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114. Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation for the 100-year duration of the artwork finds a conceptual counterpoint in the invitation extended to each writer: to conceive and produce a work in the hopes of finding a receptive reader in an unknown future.

Hieroglyph: Inspiration is a small but essential part of innovation, and science fiction stories have been a seminal source of inspiration for innovators over many decades. In his article entitled “Innovation Starvation,” Neal Stephenson calls for a return to inspiration in contemporary science fiction. That call resonated with so many and so deeply that Project Hieroglyph was born shortly thereafter.

Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative (Arizona State University): The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative will explore how imagination – or lack thereof – shapes humanity’s response to climate change and how imagination merged with science can create solutions to climate challenges.

New Nature Series: From the Sydney Review of Books comes this thoughtful series on “New Nature”.

Our Near Future: This blog posts articles on four topics around the theme of climate change and our near future. The blog posts stories, scenarios, and novels about climate change.

Postcards from the Edge: Born after Hurricane Sandy, this project is collecting stories from across the country, and then pairing those storytellers up with local filmmakers who will then turn the story into an inspirational short film about climate change.

Rewilding the Novel: To mark the launch of Dark Mountain’s Online Edition, novelist Gregory Norminton invited a handful of authors to contribute essays on the subject of rewilding the novel.

Solarpunks: A new theme is emerging in science fiction literature and art: solarpunk. It imagines the future as bright, green and sustainable. See also ABC Net.

Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto: Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us – i.e., extending human life at the species level, rather than individually. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have (instead of 20th century “destroy it all and build something completely different” modernism). Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community.

The Culture Library: A BTD-supported initiative to create a participatory archive of current history in the region in the context of European integration.

Tools for After: The Tools For After organization, in collaboration with ONN Creators, launches a call for the selection of thematic short films. Tools For After is a non-profit cultural event, a ideas lab on the new imaginary of Anthropocene. Designers, architects, writers, musicians, video makers and artists are imagining a map of the scenarios that await us and the tools to face them. Everyone can contribute to the map. Also see the website.

What is A digital “memorial” to biodiversity loss and decline.

XWriters Rebel: “At Writers Rebel, a diverse mix of writers offer their personal reflections on all aspects of the extraordinary, challenging times in which we live. We publish work by up-and-coming writers alongside pieces by more established authors. We feature prose and poetry on a range of topics relevant to Extinction Rebellion, such as the climate and ecological emergency; activism; regenerative futures; life in the anthropocene; deep adaptation; organising across race and class spectrums, etc.”

Upper Rubbert Boot’s Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation: A new kickstarter, Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation will reach outside Western and Anglophone traditions of speculative fiction, showcasing the way environment and environmental issues are talked about and perceived in all parts of the world. This upcoming anthology of speculative fiction, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Wieland, will be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books in spring 2017. Sunvault will be open to submissions following the funding of this Kickstarter project.

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