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Everything Change, 10-19 June

‘I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it the everything change.’

Margaret Atwood, interview with Slate.com, 2015

Everything Change is a series of discussions and events exploring  the roles creativity, adaptive thinking and storytelling can play in overcoming the challenges of climate and ecological crises. The full programme is listed below.

Featuring an international array of contributors from across the arts and creative industries, as well as the sciences, law, business, public policy, activism and education,  Everything Change is a unique forum for generating debate and new ideas, driven by some of the most urgent questions of our times, and focusing on seven key areas of change: Money, Food, Water, Energy, Justice, Story and Change itself. Over ten days, we’ll gather to consider how creative thinking might help shape the imaginative revolution we need to make meaningful action on the climate crisis feel not just vital, but possible.

Rooted in Wales and with a global focus, the programme takes place entirely online. Everything Change is produced by Taliesin Arts Centre and Swansea University Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers, in partnership with Dhaka Lit Fest and with support from the British Council.

All events are free, ticketed and accessible globally.  Live English-language captioning will be available.

Thurs 10th June, 7PM: When the Story Changes, with Margaret Atwood and Sadaf Saaz.

Two-time Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood explores the role storytelling might play in meeting the challenges of the climate crisis, with reference to her own work and remarkable career, in conversation with Sadaf Saaz, director of the Dhaka Lit Fest.

Fri 11th June, 12PM: changing MONEY with Dr Emily Bacon, Oana Aristide, Shameran Abed, Suzanne Dhaliwal and Oliver Balch (Chair). What new models and ideas might best alleviate poverty, and how might the principles of a circular economy become the norm?  We explore what alternative, innovative and creative economic models are on the horizon that might be part of the solution to the climate crisis.

Sat 12th June, 12PM: changing FOOD, with Ian Rappel, Khushi Kabir, Owen Griffiths and Dee Woods, Raj Patel and Jon Gower (Chair). We’ll delve into some of the most damaging aspects of food in the modern world, while also going in search for some of the most creative, exciting and appetising solutions, with a panel of food specialists, artists and thinkers.

Tue 15th June, 12PM: changing WATER with Aaron Thierry, Dr Saleemul Huq, Sabrina Mahfouz, Vikram Iyengar and Dr Faustina Pereira (Chair). What is the future of our relationship to water, in a world where for some there will be too much and for others never enough? At the fourth Everything Change event we dive into the oceans, rivers and lakes of the world to explore the challenges and possibilities of its changing waters.

Wed 16th June, 12PM: changing ENERGY with Dr Ellie Standen, Joanna Clarke, Dr Samiya Selim, Suzanne Dhaliwal, and Andy Middleton (Chair). This vibrant discussion considers the future of energy. Will our creativity and innovations have ensured the world’s remaining stocks of fossil fuels have been kept in the ground, or will they continue to have been burnt as carelessly as they have been for the last thirty years?

Thur 17th June, 2PM: changing STORY with Dr Anna Pigott, Ben Rawlence, Marcus Brigstocke, Rachael Young, Sherri L Smith, and Dr Amy Brady (Chair). Despite our knowledge about the devastations of climate change, we have failed to engage the world’s communal imagination in such a way that it might drive a revolution of action. How might the right stories, told in the right place, at the right moment, change everything?

Fri 18th June, 12PM: changing JUSTICE with Adetola Onamade, Cheryl Beer, Jojo Mehta, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Scarlett Westbrook and Jane Davidson (Chair). How and where should responsibilities for tackling the climate and ecological crises fall, across countries and generations? changing JUSTICE explores what roles law and justice might play in helping us reach a low-carbon, sustainable future.

Sat 19th June, 12PM: changing CHANGE with Dave mangenner Gough, Jay Griffiths, Dr Mya-Rose Craig (BirdGirl UK), Samia Zaman, Sophie Howe and Andrew Miller (Chair). What can we learn from our pasts to inform our futures and importantly, what have we learnt about change over this last year of pandemic? About its limitations, its possibilities and our  ability as a species to embody it, in action as well as thought?

Sat 19th June, 7PM: Would you sing it out loud? with Simon Armitage and Taylor Edmonds reading and in conversation with Owen Sheers. Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will read from his climate-related work and discuss the response of poets to the climate crisis, before handing over to Future Generations Poet in Residence Taylor Edmonds. Both will be in conversation with Owen Sheers, Professor in Creativity at Swansea University.

Soon we’ll be announcing more details about the Everything Change  Writers’ Lab, which has been selected as part of the  British Council’s Creative Commissions. Produced in partnership with Dhaka Lit Fest and activated by the Everything Change events programme, the lab will provide an engine for six incredible writing talents from Wales and Bangladesh to create new narratives in response to the climate crisis. The writers’ commissioned works across poetry, fiction and drama will be showcased at Dhaka Lit Fest in January 2022.