Your Imagination for Adaptation

FT Stage 2, Wed 4th Oct, 1:30pm, 2 Hours Facilitator: Pippa Bailey 1st Provocateur: Dagmara Gieysztor

We are all committed to bringing people together to activate our collective imagination. It’s about time we focused on climate change. Let’s imagine what a better, more sustainable world could look like. Through the Paris Agreement, Australia is committed to reducing emissions, investing in nature and adapting to a changing climate. The Arts can lead, and all we need is your Imagination for Adaptation, to discuss and engage with creative solutions. Powerful and practical dreaming for a better future.

Key Points (Updated Live)

  • We are in crisis in terms of environmental sustainability and we need to make changes in response to climate change. Individual artists, independent sector and theatre companies are making some movement, but it’s the cultural sector that has their heads in the sand. This discussion asks how can we create more sustainability within our workplace, and how the arts can be a leader in this?

  • Strong emphasis on building a relationship to the land we live on, including inhabiting a deep respect for the first people of this land because we can learn how to look after our world from this understanding and connection. The theory goes, if we develop an emotional connection to our world, then we will want to look after it and actively seek ways of reversing climate change.

  • We don’t want to compromise on concept, but sustainability needs to be a greater issue for theatre makers — it needs to be centralised.

  • Invest in material-sharing more. There is room and opportunity to share material between larger theatre companies and the independent sector, but there is a kind of fear in asking for help, or assuming that help will not be given — we need to open up lines of communication that are based on trust and respect in order to keep these relationships alive.

  • As artists, we are imaginative beings, and we need to use this to imagine what a better future looks like. We need really clear planning. We need to be asking hard questions. Whole industry needs to band together.

  • Lead through a creative process (Disney method) to help frame responding to this topic. The group separated into 3 — the dreamers, the realists, and the critics.

  • The dreamers (what does a better world look like?) dreamt of everyone having a childlike optimism towards the land and the environment that we live in and are apart of. To have respect for custodians of the land and the meaning that that holds. Being connected to any moment everywhere, rather than being separate. Everything that happens around you then matters a whole lot more.

  • The realists (what can we practically do now?) who are the gatekeepers? maybe they’re more approachable than we think in terms of sharing resources. How can we can communicate that in this modern world (apps)? Paperless ways to rehearse — where are we getting our paper? Our industry is a drop in the ocean, but it can reach out beyond through the work that we create. We need to make our efforts central to what we do. Implement rating and auditing systems. Julie’s Bicycle - UK touring toolkits for sustainability.

  • The critics (asking the hard questions) how do we rid the party-til-the-end attitude? How do we develop a consciousness around the issue as opposed to quick fixes? How do we tap into a person’s empathy? How do we move from consciousness into action? How do we neutralise carbon footprint? What practises can we erase or change to reduce/eliminate wastage?