Authors: Dave Room, Green For All Academy Fellow Candidate Narrative is the lens through which we view our lives If we are going to successfully make the transition to a more healthy relationship with the natural world and each other, we are going to need a new story - a transformative narrative that provides an inspiring and viable alternative to the status quo. We share a collective story and going forward, people need to see their role in that shared story. As a Green For All Academy Fellow Candidate my term of service - The Collective Liberation Listening Tour - is to build the foundation for a crowdsourcing initiative that will ultimately map the shared narrative space. (Crowdsourcingis the act of outsourcing tasks to a community (acrowd) through an open call.) An open "narrative database" will enable communities across the world to see where our histories and visions are aligned and where they conflict. Understanding our interconnections creates new possibilities for cultural exchange, alliance building and collective action.The Collective Liberation Listening tour is just the first step. This cross-cultural exchange between South Africa and California will delve deeply into the world of narrative, providing the basis for designing tools for a narrative crowd sourcing. The tour is a series of experiential workshops on starting in Johannesburg, South Africa, traveling to Cape Town, Los Angeles, and ending in the Bay Area. Throughout the tour, we will listen to and film community stories. In the workshops, we will bring video messages from the other tour stops and engage local communities in conversations about where we are, how we got here and where we are going.
The Collective Liberation Listening Tour