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When Experts (Dis)Agree  on the Making of Stories

On November 10th I attended a multidisciplinary conference on Climate Change Science and Policy at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. Discussions covered the machinations of physics to those of fallacy, modelling ratio and the normativity of narrative dissonance.

Below is a (haiku-ed) summary of the speakers and their content...


John Fitzgerald spoke

of action being a moral imperative

Elizabeth Lloyd

debated added value

in modelling claims

Anna Leuschner dwelt

on motivations behind

normative dissent

Ray Bates remodelled

climate sensitivity

in contentious zones

Steve Rayner discussed

variable patterns of


Diarmuid Torney drew

big questions out of climate

change legislation

Then on the 11th I flew from Dublin to Liverpool for a symposium on Story Making at John Moore's Liverpool Screen School.

There I spoke about

balancing stories in a

climate of change - where

participation is key,

and listening is everything.

The other speakers were varied and vivacious with presentations that were both engaging and innovative. A unifying thread of transmedial communication wove a natural coherency into the day, which ran on with Q&As still resounding as we reluctantly boarded our different trains.

It was, to coin a phrase, an interactive deep map of mapping depth with interesting action.

Here is a snapshot of the day:

The stories of a

rainy city were opened

to us, by Kate Feld.

The second keynote

was from Jim Hinks, designing

new publishing tags.

Rosamund Davies

scouted out how to create

a game of locale.

Karen Henwood drew

energy from storied told

of every day life.

Becky Edwards led

us in play, making stories

swiftly, together.

Dylan and Rosie

recorded recovery,

a drama of sound.

Kelly Zarins built

communities of practice,

evolving process.

Kate Bevan scripted

a space to climb inside the

impact of caring.

Bronwin Patrickson

created with many hands

whilst playing the MOOC.

Katherine and Betty,

fragments of risk, signalling

a new audience.

Anna Z. questioned

terminology with a

hero at her side.

Ronan Lynch re-made

history with ARGs,

teaching through stories.

As the day progressed we were each taken to one side by a couple of Prof.Sarah Haynes' media students, who recorded us all - unrehearsed - speaking about our work. It was rather like Just A Minute for Academics. A link to our videos can be found here:


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