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Research and storytelling

This section introduces modes to explore what communities know, can do, and can become. With knowledge made available in these ways, we set the stage for strong collaborative action. Simply …

How to commission cities: resident answers

How do we apply systems knowledge to real problems – like building or sustaining a city? Yunkaporta’s striking picture of civilisations and cities seems to call for subversive modes of …

No more white paper

So far, we’ve gone from intersectional subversion of feminist academic conferences to wholescale city planning. There might be some logic to this, to foment radical feminist critiques of what has …

But what are the alternatives?

Are we limited (or being limited) to using the master’s tools in our fight – or do we require different tools to dismantle the structures and systems around us? This …

Tools to cap, trade and continue (to profit?)

Carbon markets are a nuanced example of the master’s tools trying to solve an intractable problem (climate change) that we can look at with some detail. Carbon markets are economic …

Welcome to Week 2

This week, you will learn about different ways of thinking and alternative modes of organising (including organising yourself into teams!). We’ll start by exploring the ideas of Audre Lorde, who …

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (1934–1992) was, among other things, a philosopher, poet and activist. How her many identities intersected were a key part of her work in understanding how to go about …

If only change were that simple…

Even with the capacity to consider theories of change, we quickly realise how the challenges we face on a global scale become ‘wicked’. The term ‘wicked problems’ was coined by …

The ballot or the bullet

Wicked problems can come with a sense of hopelessness. Are the goals we might hope for – along ecological, economic, or social lines – impossible under the current system that …

Autonomy vs agency

In our exploration of identity and its place within systems, it will help to define the terms ‘autonomy’ and ‘agency’. The video in this step explores how autonomy and agency …

Identity and ideology

Your identity has power – including over you. Identity can divide people or help them organise together, and is a key concern when facing global challenges. Here, we will review …