It turns out that building social cohesion in your local community can in itself have a significant impact on levels of climate action. This is one of the findings from the Nordics, where several experiments are taking place using art and culture to trigger new ways of thinking and create change.
In this episode, we look at how artists, grassroots activists and other creative minds are working to help us build sustainable communities and environments in our cities and neighbourhoods.
This episode comes from a Nordic Talks event in Stockholm, arranged by Intercult, an independent resource and production centre for culture focused on European and transnational collaborations.
“If you are around 50 years, 80% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere have been released during your lifetime.”
Karen Jonkers, entrepreneur in the company C-REALIST
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Karen Jonkers (Netherlands)
Karen Jonkers is a change manager and facilitator who takes people on a journey towards more sustainable and circular thinking, network development, creativity, and innovation. In 2008 she founded the C-REALIST company, which helps facilitate cooperation between government and society in projects for provinces, ministries, and municipalities. Karen is also a member for the Dutch team of the EU SOS Waterfront Climate, which works to find ways to make cities more resilient to climate change and to increase climate change awareness.
Annika Bromberg (Sweden)
Set and costume designer Annika Bromberg recently joined a new expert group tasked with developing sustainability guidelines for production in the European audio-visual sector on behalf of the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and the Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film. She studied set and costume design at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm from 1994-97 and since then has designed sets and costumes for around 85 productions in Sweden and abroad. She has also been a guest lecturer in production design at Södertörn University and Göteborg University.
Hugi Ásgeirsson (Sweden)
Hugi Ásgeirsson works in technology, grassroots organizing, participatory culture, and art. He currently works in Stockholm, where he co-founded the participatory culture centre and social enterprise Blivande. As a co-director of the European research community Edgeryders, he is involved in several projects exploring how technology can enable participation, social cohesion and resilience. He is also the co-founder of Cobudget - an online platform that helps communities make their ideas and money flow.