Climate Stories Project by CSP
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2015 Climate CoLab Judges
-I continue to like this proposal, and feel it has been strengthened in the current round.
That said, I would like to see the proposal further strengthened in two ways:
1) How will you make it easy for any interested person to capture their own story, or other people's stories, for inclusion on the website? In my view, the more people who participate in the story capture/story telling process, the better.
2) How will you make it easy for people who read/listen to stories tell other potential readers how much value they found in the story? As the content on your site grows, you need a mechanism to determine which content is most interesting and helpful to your visitors. Use crowd-sourcing for that purpose...as this is what it does best.
-I like this proposal but am concerned that it will mostly attract people who are already interested/engaged with climate change. One way to address this potential weakness would be to effectively integrate this approach into public schools (meaning it should be aligned with standards that K12 teachers are tied to) and bring student projects in schools into their communities through public screenings or other community events.
Congratulations! Your proposal, Climate Stories Project in the Shifting Attitudes & Behavior contest, has been selected to advance to the Semi-Finalists round.
You will be able to revise your proposal and add new collaborators if you wish, from July 1st until July 14, 2015 at 23:59pm Eastern Time.
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At the revision deadline listed below, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form. The Judges will undergo another round of evaluation to ensure that Semi-Finalist proposals have addressed the feedback given, and select which proposals will continue to the Finalists round. Finalists are eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as for public voting to select the contest’s Popular Choice award.
Thank you for your great work and again, congratulations!
2015 Climate CoLab Judges
Your proposal is thoughtfully written with intriguing elements. The judges found many of your ideas to be feasible and hope that this will soon become a reality, but wonder whether and how your proposal can fundamentally transform public attitudes and behaviors. To enhance the potential impact, you could explore focusing people’s stories on what they are doing to make real change – such as on their own carbon footprint, on their communities (defined in a variety of ways), on their bosses, on businesses, and on elected or appointed officials in their town, city, county, state, or nation. Modeling effective actions may have a bigger impact on bringing people’s reasons to care to the surface.
Jul 13, 2015
I have revised the proposal to highlight the important function of Climate Stories Project as way to share stories about what people and their communities are doing to promote positive behavior in mitigating and/or adapting to climate change. A great deal of the stories already collected focus on these positive changes, and CSP will continue to solicit motivating stories with the goal of shifting societal norms toward proactive engagement with climate change. I have also emphasized the novel educational and artistic aspects of CSP, demonstrating how CSP stands out from other climate storytelling projects. This past spring I conducted the first pilot educational projects in two New England High Schools, and Stephen Siperstein led CSP workshops in his climate change classes at the University of Oregon. Students at these schools learned interviewing skills and then conducted interviews about personal and community responses to climate change with members of their local communities as well as with member of remote "frontline" climate change communities. The positive feedback from the pilot projects has demonstrated the tremendous potential of CSP to help students to transform their understanding of climate change from an abstract scientific concept into an urgent, present-day social issue. In addition, CSP helps students develop crucial skills in interviewing and cross-cultural empathy. As an artistic project, CSP helps to break through barriers that limit public participation and engagement by using a novel format, narrative-based music, in order to reach new audiences and recast climate change as a compelling human story.