The British Council has collaborated with Dhaka Lit Fest to organise a webinar series named 'Everything Change', which will take place from Thursday and end at June 19, 2021. It will be produced by Taliesin Arts Centre and Professor Owen Sheers in Creativity from Swansea University. 'Everything Change' is a series of discussions and events that will explore how theroles of creativity, adaptive thinking, and storytelling can play in overcoming the challenges of the climate crisis.
Featuring an international array of contributors from across the arts and creative industries, as well as the sciences, law, business, public policy, activism and education, Everything Change is a unique forum for generating debate and new ideas, driven by some of the most urgent questions of current times. It is one of the projects supported by the British Council's Creative Commissions, which is being developed as part of The Climate Connection - a global programme uniting people worldwide to meet the climate challenge in the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.
The programme will begin with an opening event with the novelist, poet, inventor and two-time Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood. Shewill discuss the questions at the heart of Everything Changeconcerning her work and remarkable career in conversation with Sadaf Saaz, Director of the Dhaka Lit Fest.
People can join Margaret as she explores how writers and artists could contribute to a revolution of the communal imagination and how it is vital to discover new forms of storytelling to meet an individual's moment of crisis.
Eight events will follow, the first one taking place online from Friday, June 11 to Saturday, June 19, 2021, and focusing on seven key areas of change - Money, Food, Water, Energy, Justice, Story, and Change itself. Each of these events will feature a diverse mix of international experts and thought leaders in their fields as well as an artist provocation.
Speakers from Bangladesh include internationally acclaimed Dr Saleemul Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD); Dr Faustina Pereira, Lawyer, Gender and Sustainable Development Specialist, Human Rights Activist,Scholar; Khushi Kabir, Social Activist, Feminist, Environmentalist; Samia Zaman, Media Personality, Journalist; Samiya Selim, Marine Social Scientist, Sustainability Science, Social-ecological Systems Specialist; Shameran Abed, Senior Director, BRAC Bangladesh; and Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Attorney, Environmentalist.
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