6 - 9 September 2018




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“Moments of great crisis and peril do not necessarily need to knock us backwards. They can also catapult us forward.” 
– Naomi Klein 

There’s never been greater urgency for change. But what shape could this take and who will be in charge? Join us as we ask if human ingenuity can restore our relationships to one another and to the planet. 

After listening to a talk by a visionary speaker (a different guest speaker each performance, see below), you’ll be led into an installation for storytelling, interaction and experimentation that could catapult us towards a transformative future. Following the interactive theatre show World Factory, Zoë Svendsen (Director of METIS) works with inspirational experts, including economists, architects and environmentalists, to initiate conversations exploring how we might live together in the face of radical social and environmental challenges. 

Commissioned and produced by Artsadmin. Part of Season for Change, a UK-wide programme of cultural responses celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change. Also presented as part of Barbican's 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional support from Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Barbican London, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, and University of Cambridge.

Developed as part of the Future Scenarios Networked Residency for the Culture and Climate Change project, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Open University and Sheffield University Creative Team Zoë Svendsen Direction Carolyn Downing Sound Guy Hoare Lighting.

In collaboration with a network of artists and experts.

Director/designer: Zoë Svendsen
Actors: Emmanuella Cole, Shon Dale-Jones, Charlie Folorunsho, Jess Mabel-Jones, Anna-Maria Nabirye , Stefanie Mueller, Tom Ross-Williams
Associate Director: Lucy Wray
Artistic Associates: Rob Awosusi /Andrea Ling /Lilac Yosiphon
Lighting Design and collaboration: Guy Hoare
Sound Design and collaboration: Carolyn Downing
Videographer: Chris Kondek
Production Manager: Sam Clear

The speakers

6 September, 6.15pm: Peter Newell
A global advisor on the politics of transformation to a low carbon economy, Peter is a board member of Greenpeace UK and Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex.

6 September, 7pm: Chris Hope
Chris is a climate modeller, calculating the economic impacts of climate change, and a powerful advocate for the idea of a carbon tax. He was the specialist advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs Inquiry into the economics of climate change.

6 September, 8pm: Frances Coppola
Former banker Frances is a leading thinker on economics and a regular contributor to Forbes and the Financial Times. Disgusted by what she describes as a “shocking waste of human capital” in our society, she has become a passionate advocate for a universal basic income.

6 September, 9pm: Fran Boait
Executive Director of Positive Money, the campaign for monetary reform. Fran’s background as a researcher in carbon dioxide storage led her to realise that the huge environmental and inequality crises we face could not easily be fixed without re-thinking how the current economic system works.

7 September, 6:15pm: Andrew Simms
Author, political economist and campaigner Andrew’s most recent book is Cancel the Apocalypse: The New Path to prosperity. He co-founded the New Weather Institute and is a research associate at the Centre for Global Political Economy, University of Sussex, where he leads a project on ‘rapid transitions’ in the face of climate change.

7 September, 7pm: Kate Raworth
Renegade economist and author of Doughnut Economics Kate is a powerful voice for the creation of regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet’s ecological limits.

7 September, 8pm: Wanda Wyporska
As Executive Director at The Equality Trust, Wanda leads the work of the organisation in its mission to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing social and economic inequality.

7 September, 9pm: Sue Riddlestone
Co-founder of Bioregnional the creators of zero carbon communities BedZED and OneBrighton. Sue has influenced the sustainability agenda at the higest levels of government including as a contributor to the UNSDGs and as author of the London 2012 Olympic Sustainability strategy.

8 September, 2.15pm: Doina Petrescu
Founding member of the Paris based atelier d’architecture autogerée and Professor of Architecture and Design Activism, University of Sheffield. Doina is an activist, architect and educator dealing with commons-based resilience, feminist approaches and participative architecture in her research and practice.

8 September, 3pm: Richard Murphy
British chartered accountant and political economist Richard is a fiery campaigner on issues of tax avoidance and evasion. He has written extensively on tackling the UK’s deficit without imposing cuts on the most vulnerable in society including in his book The Joy of Tax.

8 September, 4pm: Ha Joon Chang
Reader of economics at Cambridge University Ha-Joon is the author of 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, and Economics: the User’s Guide. He serves as a consultant to the UN, the World Bank & Oxfam and is a passionate advocate for the idea of active economic citizenship.

8 September, 5pm: Kriti Sharma
Artificial intelligence technologist and mobile product inventor Kriti was named in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 50. She is an activist for more diverse and ethical artificial intelligence development that she believes can have a positive impact on society.

8 September, 6pm: Anna Coote
Principal Fellow at the New Economics Foundation. Anna is a leading analyst, writer and advocate in the field of social policy, she has written widely on social justice, sustainable development, working time, public health policy, public involvement and democratic dialogue, gender and equality.

8 September, 7pm: Dave Wetzel
Activist and land tax expert. Speaking on the reform of land ownership and how authorities can use their tax systems to make better use of urban areas

8 September, 9pm: Faiza Shaheen
Director of CLASS (Centre for Labour & Social Studies) and former Head of Inequality and Sustainable Development at Save the Children UK. Faiza is an economist, writer, activist and commentator. She is the author of a range of materials and publications covering the most salient social and economic debates of our times, including inequality, austerity, immigration, youth unemployment and social mobility. 

9 September, 2.15pm: Terry McAllister
Freelance journalist, writer and former Energy Editor at The Guardian focuses particularly focused on the impact of trade and industry on the environment. Speaking on the future of energy.

9 September, 3pm: Indy Johar
Drawing on his background as an architect, Indy has co-founded multiple social ventures including Impact Hub Westminster and the HubLaunchpad Accelerator and he works with large global multinationals and institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He is the co-founder of 00 (project00.cc), Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.

9 September, 4pm: Carolyn Steel
Architect, lecturer and author of Hungry City. Carolyn combines architectural practice with teaching and research into the relationship between food and cities, running design studios at the LSE, London Metropolitan University and at the Cambridge University School of Architecture, where her lecture series on Food and the City was the first of its kind.

9 September, 5pm: Indra Adnan
Writer, consultant and psycho-social therapist Indra has been network-building and event-organising in the international arena of soft power, conflict transformation and integral leadership for over 20 years. As founder and Director of the Soft Power Network, she works in both the public and private sphere advising on personal, local and global agency.

9 September, 6pm: Will McCallum
Activist, author and Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK. Will is at the heart of the anti-plastics movement having set up the global Greenpeace campaign to create the world’s largest protected area in the Antarctic Ocean. He has campaigned at sea and on land for many years for sustainable fisheries, healthy oceans and wildlife protection. He is the author of ‘How to Give Up Plastic’, published by Penguin Life.

9 September, 7pm: Paul Mason
Journalist, filmmaker and author. He will be speaking on the power of collaborative networks for social change.

Photo by Christa Holka, design by Sarah Ferrari

Photo by Christa Holka, design by Sarah Ferrari

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