This is an exercise in moral imagining — a body of work developed by a growing network of storytellers, facilitators and narrative medicine practitioners to exercise #moralimaginations. Illustrated by Reilly Dow (@reillypinkfish)

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I have a story I’d like to tell you. It’s about a train, and a group of people who live on that train and know of nothing else.

This train has been moving since anyone can remember. The people on the train can’t imagine a time when the train wasn’t moving, and when they were not on the train. Everyone works to keep the train moving. The train never stops.


What is the Whole Systems Question Game?

This is a collection of questions that allow you to participate and tend to the shift of whole systems. If you scroll down, you can find the full list of questions and also find out how to get in touch about using them with your context, team or organisation.

Background

Last weekend I went for a walk in the forest just outside of Berlin where I have moved for the rest of lockdown. …


We start with a recommendation from my favourite futurist and NARWHAL ambassador, Wendy Schulz, who is always sending through articles and resources that feed my thinking on futures/narratives research:

A quote from the article that really stood out:

The original Greek word «ΜΕΤΑΦΟΡΑΙ» means “transports.” It is embossed on every moving truck in Greece. To metaphor is to move the contents of one house into another. To metaphor is to move the contents of hope into a pokeberry seed. Or move the contents of love into a rubbed off “A” on a typewriter. Metaphor is a moveable burial plot. It contains, like soil and air, the uncontainable. Metaphor is a ghost turning back into a boy. But what happens to metaphor when the framework as we once knew it thins or even dissolves? …


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Originally published on 4th August here.

Suspended in time. She was reading another one of those Medium articles that pop up on the radar, something about futures and systems change. “What a juicy combination of topics”, she thought to herself. “Maybe this time I’m going to come across something I haven’t seen before”.

She paused, realising she had been reading and re-reading the same sentence over and over. Her mind was wandering, and she couldn’t catch enough of it to focus on the actually meaning of the sentence. She read it again.

“We have an opportunity to re-imagine human and planetary flourishing, and to achieve this, we need radical hope.” …


In our own bodies, we are outnumbered 9-to-1 by non-human cells. If we as humans need these organisms to function, what exactly do we mean when we think of ourselves as ‘an individual’? What new ecological insights can be gained from thinking of the planet as an organism in itself?

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General Ecology Programme https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/general-ecology/

In 2016, I was part of one of my favourite projects to this day, the General Ecology Programme at the Serpentine Gallery UK. I served as an advisor to the programme and had the honour and privilege of participating in the programme, bringing my lens as a deep ecologist and designer and the topic I was obsessed by: how our boundaries blur with other species and we learn to organise like mycelium. …


Learning and insight from the cohort of Digital Fund cohort of 29 organisations on collaboration and ecosystems — what works, what doesn’t work and challenges. The cohort take part in a designed and facilitated learning journey over the course of their grants with us.

Ecosystems and collaboration: everybody wants more of it, but it’s not always straightforward to make it work in practice. With the Covid-19 pandemic andthe sector’s response, many people have been reporting about unprecedented levels of sector level collaboration between organisations. This makes it an especially good time to take a moment to reflect on what makes a good collaboration, what the essential factors are that are needed to make it work, and how to mitigate things going wrong.

For this month’s theme of the Digital Fund’s learning rhythm is Collaboration and Ecosystems and so we asked our grantholders the following…


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The Deep Times Journal is the unofficial newspaper for people who have experienced the shift in perception invoked by Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects.

Deep Times is published twice a year. For this upcoming Aug/Sep 2020 issue I have been invited, along with three others, to join a Guest Editorial Board to design an invitation and curate the publication.

Our theme is that of “young people”, which is subjective — please submit a piece if you self-identify as a young person, or your submission is related to the theme. The invitation is to write from the perspective of your present-day self, or a future being of the year 2160, who we call into visiting us in 2020 from a devastated future. In 2160, just a few people survive and have crafted a liveable world amidst the ruin of the old. …


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Today I participated in a brilliant Futures session with Superflux whereby we heard from co-founder Anab Jain about their work with examples from different projects, and then took part in a futures exercise.

I’ll be writing a longer blogpost about the session in the near future but before then I wanted to share about the exercise we were led through which was a really exciting way to get in touch with the uncertain future.

We were offered a series of predictions that would serve as provocations, and then asked to journal from the point of view of someone close to us, who would be alive in 2050. Below you can see the slide with the trends predicted for 2050, and underneath it my short journal entry. If you’d like to have a go yourself you could read the following provocations, take 15 minutes, and have a go at journalling as if you are in a 2050 where these things are true (and tag Anab Jain if you publish it!). …


Friday 3 July 2020

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End of the day and I am starting a new experiment called #Daynotes. 30 minutes of writing at the end of each day, sometimes published, sometimes not — where I ask myself:

What happened today? What am I left with? What was a highlight? What has left me thinking?

I started my day with a conversation with my colleague at The National Lottery Community Fund Cassie Robinson. It was interesting and inspiring, as we discussed an upcoming narratives panel we will be hosting at Narwhal, with Cassie and the director of the Narrative Initiative, Jee Kim. …


A panel hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center on the topic of “The Pandemic As a Portal: Tracking and Enabling New Possibilities”

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I’m really excited for this panel today hosted on the theme: “The Pandemic As a Portal”. I will be talking about the Don’t Go Back To Normal project and joined by these amazing speakers: Elettra Bietti, Frederike Kaltheuner, Francis Tseng and Daria Vaisman, all of whom are working on other projects themed on “the new possible”.

The panel is at 17:00–18:00 today.

Find out more here: https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/virtual-pandemic-portal. Sign up to the panel using this Zoom registration link.

Description of the panel

The pandemic is a portal, the novelist Arundhati Roy wrote in an essay for the Financial Times. “We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. …

About

Phoebe Tickell

Complexity. Systems. Culture. Working with deep perception of complexity applied to facilitation, organising and language. Founder of Moral Imaginations.

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