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Sustainability, Climate Change, Creative Sector, Storytelling, Public Narratives

Dales, Alexandra ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0019-4349, Padfield, Rory and Bridge, Gemma (2024) Sustainability, Climate Change, Creative Sector, Storytelling, Public Narratives. Geoforum, 150 (103963).

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This discussion paper introduces the Critical Sustainability Stories (CriSS) Tool as a route for increasing creative sector and professional storyteller use of climate science and sustainability research. The framework is designed to grow the reflective and iterative learning capacity of storytellers when exploring climate change and sustainability issues. It supports the production of research rich stories, which translate complex ideas, and explore connected processes and alternate future societal pathways for their audiences. We aim to stimulate debate amongst our peers in the academy and to prompt action to tackle local and global sustainability challenges through storytelling and creative mediums. The discussion first considers the growing climate imaginaries literature and extant discourses on the role of storytelling in communicating climate science and sustainability research. It then emphasizes the potential impact of the creative sector and professional storytellers in informing public narratives on sustainable futures. We then present the Critical Sustainability Stories Tool, which is comprised of key guiding questions within six topics. The CriSS Tool was informed by geographical and cross-disciplinary sustainability literatures and developed through stakeholder engagement and participatory action research.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2024.103963
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9362

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