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How stories can change our world (and change our economy) - NENA Narratives Week 2022

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Please join us for an exciting week of workshops and discussions, where we will explore the power of stories and narratives, and how they can shape our economy and society. We'll be analysing the narratives of the 'old economy' versus the 'new economy' and inviting participants to play an active role in catalysing new stories that can shape our future.


Humans are born storytellers. We live our lives immersed in a sea of narrative - from personal narratives about the twists and turns of our lives, to big cultural and economic narratives about what it means to live well and be human. For decades now, our economic narratives have valued growth in economic activity, competition and exploitation of nature, leading to ecological devastation and human misery. Most people have become so used to these narratives that they seem unremarkable.

But narratives can change. If our economic narratives are not serving the needs of people and planet, we need to find new ones. NENA Narratives Week will explore the power of economic narratives in our lives and how we might transform those narratives to support a better future for people and planet. Through a program of daily events, we will examine dominant narratives and the power they exert on our daily lives, look at the new stories that are already emerging, and identify practical actions NENA members can take to bring new economic stories to life.


MONDAY 18 JULY, 12pm-1:30pm AEST

Why do narratives matter? How do we tell a compelling story about our present society and economy that brings more people into dialogue?

    • Alana Marsh - Meriam woman, Regenerative System Re-setter and Wayapa Wuurrk practitioner with alalouie
    • Chris Riedy, UTS/NENA
    • Katherine Trebeck, economic system change advocate and co-founder of WEAll
    • Host: Michelle Maloney, AELA/NENA

TUESDAY 19 JULY, 12pm-1:30pm AEST

How do we communicate an inspiring, succinct, memorable vision for the future of Australian society and our economic system?

    • Alina Siegfried, Author of “The Future Untold” - 10 New Myths for Humanity
    • Caresse Cranwell and Sophia van Ruth (Wicked Elephants), The Power of Personal Storytelling
    • Host: Chris Riedy

WEDNESDAY 20 July, 12pm – 1:30pm AEST

How do we tell a compelling, coherent story about the innovations that can take us to that imagined future? How does this story give people agency? How are people around the world and within Australia, telling new economic stories?

  • Introductory presentation - Eleanor Glenn, Common Cause
  • “NENA’s Gruen Transfer” - Join the discussion as we analyse the narratives used by communicators in the old and new economy. Panelists include: Eleanor Glenn, Chris Riedy andMichelle Maloney
    • Join the narrative fun! Participants will be invited to share ideas and feedback in the session too!

THURSDAY 21 JULY, 5pm - 7pm AEST

Interactive "People Need People" (Warm Data) session exploring the question, "What is essential?" across multiple contexts.

  • Johanna De Ruyter, Fiona Brooks and other Warm Data hosts.

    FRIDAY 22 JULY, 12pm – 2pm AEST

    How can we all become 'new economy storytellers'? What tools can we use to tell new stories about our economy and society?

    Workshop run by Natasha Akib, Director, Stories For Impact program, Digital Storytellers

    This workshop will cover:

    • The Story Canvas
    • Using smartphones to gather better footage, images and audio
    • Gear and equipment
    • Editing software and approaches or smartphones and computers




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