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This is a podcast about the leading role of the arts in this age of converging crises. It features remarkable stories of individuals navigating the climate crisis and leading transformative creative projects in music, performing arts, galleries, film, and independent organisations across the world. As demands and solutions evolve, what kind of leadership is needed? Who does that involve? And what is leadership in the creative sector context anyway?
Over six episodes, Emmanuella Blake Morsi hosts a diverse array of alumni from the Creative Climate Leadership programme (CCL) – artists, activists, academics, and professionals from various disciplines, exploring crucial topics like climate justice, effective communication, emerging technology, policy, and artistic practices. Produced by Hum Studio Interactive and Julie's Bicycle. Cover art by Emmanuella Blake Morsi

Creative Climate Leadership Podcast Hum Studio Interactive & Julie's Bicycle

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This is a podcast about the leading role of the arts in this age of converging crises. It features remarkable stories of individuals navigating the climate crisis and leading transformative creative projects in music, performing arts, galleries, film, and independent organisations across the world. As demands and solutions evolve, what kind of leadership is needed? Who does that involve? And what is leadership in the creative sector context anyway?
Over six episodes, Emmanuella Blake Morsi hosts a diverse array of alumni from the Creative Climate Leadership programme (CCL) – artists, activists, academics, and professionals from various disciplines, exploring crucial topics like climate justice, effective communication, emerging technology, policy, and artistic practices. Produced by Hum Studio Interactive and Julie's Bicycle. Cover art by Emmanuella Blake Morsi

    Climate Arts

    Climate Arts

    The sixth episode centres around the transformative power of the arts in addressing climate change and how the arts can open spaces for experimentation and innovation in imagining new realities and societal models that integrate ecological awareness and sustainability. The episode features Dr. Jen Rae and Sarah Suib. They discuss art and design highlighting the need to learn and respect indigenous knowledge systems for a societal shift from extractivism to relational and interconnected ways of living. Dr. Jen Rae, an artist, researcher, and advocate for rewilding practices, emphasizes the role of the arts in community resilience, particularly in adapting to and preparing for climate-related disasters. of indigenous and nature-informed wisdom

    Dr Sarah Suib 
    Sarah is a consultant and the founder of Hint Studio, Brussels. She is also a designer and mender with years of experience in sustainable design and product development projects, user experiences, cleaner productions, ESG research, and frugal innovations. Her expertise lies in design thinking, design for sustainability, user research, and the circular economy. She works with small and medium sized companies to integrate sustainability and circularity strategies in their products and practices. Sarah is an alumnus of CCL Benelux (2023).

    Dr Jen Rae 
    Jen is an award-winning artist-researcher whose practice-led expertise is situated at the intersections of art, speculative futures and climate emergency disaster adaptation and resilience. Her work is predominantly articulated through transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and multi-platform projects, community alliances and public pedagogies. Jen is Co-founder and Creative Research Lead at the Centre for Reworlding, a member of the Australian Task Force for Creative Recovery and a 2023 Creative Australia Fellow. Jen is an alumnus of CCL Australia (2023).
    Links and references:Centre for Reworlding - https://www.centreforreworlding.com/
    Hint Studio - https://hint-studio.com/Alfred Russel Wallace - https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/who-was-alfred-russel-wallace.html
    Maria Campbell - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_CampbellRefuge (2018) - https://www.doherty.edu.au/news-events/events/refuge-2018-pandemicThe Past is a Sustainable Country - https://www.creativeclimateleadership.com/alumni/sarah-suib/
    The Relationship is the Project - https://therelationshipistheproject.com/



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    Cultural Policy

    Cultural Policy

    The fifth episode explores what cultural policy is, its significance, and how it can influence societal change and play a role in social change, especially concerning climate and sustainability goals. The episode features Solveig Korum, Senior Advisor for Culture and Sustainability, and Rie Alkemade, Project Officer at the Cultural Relations Platform who discuss importance of preserving cultural practices and rights, particularly those threatened by climate change, and the potential of the cultural sector in promoting innovative and creative thinking in policymaking. The episode addresses how cultural policy can facilitate deeper, more meaningful intercultural exchanges and collaborations. Solveig and Rie discuss the need for policy that supports artistic initiatives related to sustainability and fosters dialogue between different sectors of society.

    Rie AlkemadeRie is a project and relations manager and a cultural producer with a keen interest in the creative artistic and cultural fields, and is a Project Officer for the Cultural Relations Platform. Her focus and passion has been primarily on cultivating sustainable partnerships and networks at a people-to-people level through fostering intercultural dialogue and exchanges based on mutual co-collaboration. Rie is an alumnus of CCL Benelux (2023).

    Dr Solveig Korum
    Solveig is an academic who works as an advisor for culture and sustainability at the R&D department of Kulturtanken – Arts for Young Audiences Norway. She is the co-founder of NaCuHeal Senegal, an NGO that operates tree-planting programs in West Africa and teaches Kundalini yoga at University of Oslo. Solveig is an alumnus of CCL Scandinavia (2022).
    Song credit: Let The Light In by Marte Wulff (CCL Scandinavia 2022) and Chirkutt (Bangladesh). 
    Links and references:
    Kulturtanken - https://www.kulturtanken.no/en/Cultural Relations Platform - https://www.cultureinexternalrelations.eu/
    UNFCCC - https://unfccc.int
    Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage - https://ich.unesco.org/en/conventionFaro Convention - https://www.coe.int/en/web/culture-and-heritage/faro-convention
    2005 Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expressions - https://www.unesco.org/creativity/en/2005-convention
    MONDIACULT 2022 - https://www.unesco.org/en/articles/mondiacult-2022-states-adopt-historic-declaration-cultureGlobal Cultural Relations Programme - https://www.cultureinexternalrelations.eu/global-cultural-relations-programme
    Culture|2030 indicators - https://sdghub.com/project/culture2030-indicators 
    Let the Light In - https://open.spotify.com/track/60YTkv3srf1EnbujqXbsXQ?si=e8146b3398eb489e




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    Claiming Digital Spaces

    Claiming Digital Spaces

    In this episode, artist, writer, educator and activist Alistair Gentry talks about the relevance of storytelling, language and creative tech in framing climate issues in a way that inspires meaningful action. We’ll be delving into emerging technologies and how they are influencing the creative landscape, and opening up new opportunities for engagement and activism while also unpacking the challenges and considerations for using these technologies ethically and responsibly. 

    Alistair Gentry
    Alistair is an artist, writer, producer and educator in creative writing, performance, live and participatory art. He has been an activist in artists’ livelihoods and wellbeing for about 15 years, with particular focus on LGBTQ+, disabled, low income background and self-taught artists and leaders. He has collaborated extensively with scientists and technologists, particularly in the social sciences. Alistair is an alumnus of CCL UK (2023).
    Links and references:Tim Berners-Lee - https://home.web.cern.ch/science/computing/birth-webDoxBox trustbot - https://culture.theodi.org/doxbox/Bank Job and Power - https://twitter.com/bankjobpictures?lang=en
    How dirty is your data? - https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/dirty-data-report-greenpeace.pdf
    Open Data Institute - https://theodi.org/



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    Climate Communications

    Climate Communications

    The effect of language, storytelling and rhetoric on attitudes towards sustainability is indisputable. Framing climate issues in a way that inspires meaningful action is important now more than ever. In this episode documentarian, campaigner and activist Syed Jazib Ali discusses what is needed to build authentic narratives and campaigns and projects that are both moving and high-impact. We also explore climate fatigue, relevance of legal action, the trend towards climate optimism and performative activism. 

    Syed Jazib Ali 
    Jazib is a documentarian, campaigner and activist hailing from the indigenous Pahari tribe of the lower Himalayan region of the politically and ecologically sensitive Jammu and Kashmir. His award-winning documentaries and advocacy work are globally recognised, amplifying the stories of the underrepresented. His creative projects have been part of COP26, COP27 and he has worked with international NGOs, Think Tanks and United Nations organisations. Jazib is an alumnus of CCL Benelux (2023).
    Links and references:
    Passage to Kashmir - https://filmfreeway.com/RaheMuztar
    Act Now Film - https://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/actnowfilm-youth-voices-on-climate/
    Theatre Green Book - https://juliesbicycle.com/news-opinion/read-the-theatre-green-book-volume-1-sustainable-productions/
    5 broken cameras - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Broken_Cameras
    The Slow Factory's Media Justice for Collective Liberation Fund - https://slowfactory.earth/



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    Relationships and Resilience

    Relationships and Resilience

    In this episode, Emma speaks to activist and artist Jessica Sim and communications professional Yula Rocha. They share experiences of how they have used research and data to understand the attitudes and behaviours of their audiences, and how they have used this information to create impactful and effective campaigns. They discuss the challenges they have faced in trying to adapt to and shift audience behaviour and the strategies and leadership they have used to overcome them.

    Jessica Sim 
    Jess is an activist and artist who is passionate about ecology, and committed to developing creative communication methods to inspire more mindful living. She established the Museum of Garbage with FLYING roots, co-founded Circuit Istanbul and Nadas Istanbul - organisations that focus on establishing community spaces that foster nature connection through creative programming. Jessica is an alumnus of CCL Creative Europe Wales (2017).

    Yula Rocha
    Yula is a journalist and communications manager at People’s Palace Projects, where she works with artists from the Xingu Indigenous Territory and favelas of Rio de Janeiro. SHeproduced the first Indigenous Film Festival at the ICA and an arts installation at Venice Architecture Biennale and has chaired climate and arts events at Chatham House and for Chevening scholars. Yula is an alumnus of CCL UK (2023).



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    Climate Justice

    Climate Justice

    Climate change disproportionately affects different communities, and the fight for justice in the face of this crisis is essential. In this first episode host Emma Blake Morsi speaks to Julie’s Bicycle’s Farah Ahmed and academic and activist Vasna Ramasar for a deep dive into how practitioners, artists and activists use their talents and platforms to raise awareness and advocate for climate justice.

    Farah Ahmed  
    Farah is the Climate Justice Lead at Julie’s Bicycle and also a facilitator on the Creative Climate Leadership programme. Their interest lies in how art and culture can centre perspectives from the frontlines of climate impacts, and how we can imagine and build meaningful decolonial, care-centred, and anti-capitalist communities. Farah is also co-founder and facilitator of Diaspora Futures, and a trustee for Platform London.

    Vasna Ramasar 
    Vasna is a senior lecturer in the Division of Human Ecology and program director for the Culture, Power and Sustainability international Masters at Lund University, Sweden. She/ they engage feminist and decolonial approaches to research in environmental and social justice and finding alternatives to destructive development paradigms. She is also a member of the Collective Against Environmental Racism in Denmark, Global Tapestry of Alternatives, and Women Against Harmful Extractivism in Africa network. 



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