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How Can We Transform the Stories that Maintain Broken Systems?

Akira Nakahara Imperative 21

Systems change when stories do. Dominant narratives of who and what we value are held up by an existing narrative infrastructure designed to maintain those stories. To displace them, we need to create the conditions to reimagine the story we are in and build the necessary infrastructure for new narratives to shift culture. Hear from the leaders of two distinct projects building narrative power to shift the stories that maintain broken systems, and what philanthropy can do to play a catalytic role in accelerating efforts like these and others like them.

Featured projects:

Capitalism Podcast – a new 12 episode eries of the award-winning Scene on Radio podcast launching in summer 2024, already downloaded over 16 million times, including the lauded “Seeing White” season. Capitalism invites listeners, from the curious to the skeptical, on a long-form journey to move beyond one-sided stories and explore the origins and expressions of capitalism to better imagine a range of possible futures. Capitalism is produced by Duke University’s Kenan Institute of Ethics in partnership with Imperative 21, featuring host and producer John Biewen and co-host, former senior editor at Fortune and long-time business journalist Ellen McGirt.

BLIS Collective – a radical collaboration and narrative alignment between and within Black, Indigenous, and progressive social movements to repair, decolonize, and transform culture.

Track

Catalytic Philanthropy

Format

Panel (3 speakers)

Speakers

  • NameAkira Nakahara
  • TitleChief Executive Officer
  • OrganizationImperative 21
  • NameTrevor Smith
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationBLIS Collective
  • NameEllen McGirt
  • TitleEditor-in-Chief
  • OrganizationDesign Observer

Description

Systems change when stories do. Dominant narratives of who and what we value are held up by an existing narrative infrastructure designed to maintain those stories. To displace them, we need to create the conditions to reimagine the story we are in and build the necessary infrastructure for new narratives to shift culture. Hear from the leaders of two distinct projects building narrative power to shift the stories that maintain broken systems, and what philanthropy can do to play a catalytic role in accelerating efforts like these and others like them.

Featured projects:

Capitalism Podcast – a new 12 episode eries of the award-winning Scene on Radio podcast launching in summer 2024, already downloaded over 16 million times, including the lauded “Seeing White” season. Capitalism invites listeners, from the curious to the skeptical, on a long-form journey to move beyond one-sided stories and explore the origins and expressions of capitalism to better imagine a range of possible futures. Capitalism is produced by Duke University’s Kenan Institute of Ethics in partnership with Imperative 21, featuring host and producer John Biewen and co-host, former senior editor at Fortune and long-time business journalist Ellen McGirt.

BLIS Collective – a radical collaboration and narrative alignment between and within Black, Indigenous, and progressive social movements to repair, decolonize, and transform culture.

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