Friday, March 3rd from 10:00am to 11:00am
Join Climate Stories Project for a three-part series of interactive climate storytelling workshops. Workshop facilitators Jason Davis and Kelly Hydrick will work with participants to gain a deeper engagements with our myriad responses to climate change, increased confidence in their ability to speak with members of their communities about the changing climate, and an enhanced conviction to confront the climate crisis.
During the first session, participants can expect to:
- Learn what climate storytelling is
- Understand why climate storytelling is important for confronting the climate crisis
- Gain strategies for brainstorming and crafting climate stories
This workshop will take place via Zoom meetings. Combined, these gatherings will help prepare you for building your own climate-focused program at your library.
About our presenters:
Jason Davis is a musician, educator, and the director of Climate Stories Project, an educational and artistic forum for sharing personal stories about the changing climate. Since 2014 he has been collecting and sharing stories from around the world of people speaking about their personal responses to climate change in their home places. He leads climate storytelling workshops in which participants craft their own climate stories and learn to speak confidently about personal and community connections to the climate crisis. Jason also writes and performs music pieces which integrate elements of recorded climate stories, creating a vivid portrait of the changing climate as expressed through sound and personal testimony. Jason has a doctorate in music from McGill University and teaches at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
Kelly Hydrick is Program Manager for Climate Stories Project (CSP). At CSP she is the lead instructor for the Climate Stories Ambassador Initiative where she teaches online workshops in climate storytelling and oral history skills to participants from around the world. She also works at MIT Libraries and has a masters degree in Archives Management from Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts.
About Climate Stories Project:
Climate Stories Project (CSP) is an educational and artistic forum for sharing stories about personal and community responses to climate change. CSP focuses on personal oral histories, which bring an immediacy to the sometimes abstract nature of climate change communication. Some of us may recount dramatic events such as floods and wildfires, or we may address our observations of changes in seasonal patterns and our fears for the future of our families and communities. We may discuss how climate change is forcing our communities to adapt to extreme weather and sea level rise. Or we may speak about how we are getting involved in movements to build more resilient futures and to fight the fossil fuel industry through community organizing or nonviolent protest. There is no "right" way to talk about climate change as it is a vast topic that is increasingly touching every corner of our lives.