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Conference 1

Narratives

24 Feb 2022 | 2 - 4 PM CET

What are the stories that inspire transformative change?

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Program
2.00 - 4.00 PM CET

BIO

Introduction to the conference

Dr. Petra Kuenkel

Global Transformation and Leadership Expert; Member of the Executive Committee, Club of Rome, Founder, Collective Leadership Institute, Fellow World Academy of Art and Science

What is transformation literacy?
What are the stories that inspire transformative change?

BIO

Keynote conversation: A regenerative banking sector

Melanie Gajowski

Active Foundation Councilor; Strategic Advisor and Board Member of Various Institutions

Stories of possibilities towards transformations in the banking sector

BIO

Keynote conversation: Engaging companies for transformations

Andrea Dreifke-Pieper

Director International Economy Unit, Global Markets Practice, WWF International/WWF Germany

Narratives and strategies that help companies into commitment for sustainability

Interactive session

How can narratives of future possibilities become powerful enough to get us active, collaborate, and organize around transformative change?

BIO

Future narratives in practice

Dominic Stucker

Managing Partner, Collective Leadership Institute (CLI)

How vision development inspires collective action

BIO

From narratives to action – Sustainable Aquaculture in Mangrove Ecosystems (SAIME) in the Sundarbans of India and Bangladesh

Dr. Nimai Bera

SAIME Project Manager with Nature Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS), Kolkata, India

M. Sabrin Ahmed Roty

Communications Officer, Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS), Khulna, Bangladesh

BIO

From narratives to action – Partnership for Organic Agriculture (POAg) in Selenge Province, Mongolia

Tsetsgee Gavaa

Partnership for Organic Agriculture (POAg) Project Manager, ADRA Mongolia

Undrakh Banzragch

Multi-Actor Partnership and Participatory Guarantee System Officer, Partnership for Organic Agriculture (POAg), ADRA Mongolia

Interactive session

Pathways to possibilities

Outlook

Where from here?

Stories on how we can envision and move toward a thriving future invigorate our capability to collectively shape a future worth living in. Narratives can inspire us to take responsibility in protecting human and planetary wellbeing, can spring us into action to safeguard life support systems, and can help us realize our ideas for operating within the planetary boundaries.


Further, narratives can inspire ingenuity and care for social and ecological systems vitality. Transformation Literacy fosters the change in the mental models, mind-sets, and stories enabling us to understand how our planet works in interdependency, thus encouraging us to care for future generations and to take responsibility to drive transformative change today.


“We humans organize around stories. Whoever owns a society’s defining story, owns its future.”

David Korten, author of Change the Story, Change the Future
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How can narratives of future possibilities become powerful enough to get us active, collaborate, and organize around transformative change?

Powerful narratives

  • connect with an image of a future that we want to become part of
  • help us experience the possibility of actually achieving change, even if in small steps
  • make us realize that our contribution counts – no matter how small or big.


Enlivening narratives might take different forms and formats. They have various expressions - from scientific literature to the arts. They need to be anchored in the world’s historic and cultural differences. They may also require adaptation and translation into the “language” of different societal groups, so that they create resonance for transformative change and become an inspiration to plan and act differently.

In this conference session, we will explore, when narratives of future possibilities become powerful enough to get us active, collaborate and organize around transformative change.