To be a storyteller is an incredible position from which to influence hearts and minds, and each one of us has the capacity to utilise storytelling for a sustainable future. This book offers unique and powerful insights into how stories and storytelling can be utilized within Higher Education to support sustainability literacy. Stories can shape our perspective of the world around us and how we interact with it and this is where storytelling becomes a useful tool for facilitating understanding of sustainability concepts which tend to be complex and multi-faceted.
The craft of storytelling is as old as time and has influenced human experience throughout the ages. The conscious use of storytelling in Higher Education is likewise not new though less prevalent in certain academic disciplines; what this book offers is the opportunity to delve into the concept of storytelling as an educational tool regardless of and beyond the boundaries of subject area.
Written by academics and storytellers, the book is based on the authors’ own experiences of using stories within teaching, from a story of "the Ecology of Law" to the exploration of sustainability in Accounting and Finance via contemporary cinema. Practical advice in each chapter ensures that ideas may be put into practice with ease.
In addition to examples from the classroom, the book also explores wider uses of storytelling for communication and sense-making and ways of assessing student storytelling work. It also offers fascinating research insights, for example in addressing the question of whether positive utopian stories relating to climate change will have a stronger impact on changing the behaviour of readers than dystopian stories.
Everyone who is working as an educator should find some inspiration here for their own practice; on using storytelling and stories to co-design positive futures together with our students.
Petra Molthan-Hill, Tony Wall, Helen Puntha, Denise Baden
Part I: Storytelling as a Pedagogical Tool (Research and Conceptualisation)
2. The Storyteller Who Wanted to Change the World
3. Changing Worldviews through a Stories Collection and the Earth Charter
4. Storytelling for Sustainability: A Definition and Its Implications for Education and Communication
Daniel Fischer, Hanna Selm, Anna Sundermann, and Martin Storksdieck
5. How to Tell Stories
6. Storying the Past: Using Historical Fiction to Teach Sustainability
7. Storying the Future: Storytelling Practice in Transformative Systems
8. Which Work Best: Cautionary Tales or Positive Role Models?
Part II: Applied Storytelling
9. Digitally-Enhanced Learning through Collaborative Filmmaking and Storytelling for Sustainable Solutions
Joerg Altekruse and Daniel Fischer
10. Examining Sustainability Challenges Using Science Fiction Film Scenarios
Jeffrey Barber, Karen Onthank, Tony Wall, Dr Nerise Johnson, Anna Mackenzie
11. "The Future has Gone Bad; We Need a New One": Neoliberal Science Fiction and the Writing of Ecotopian Possibility
12. Reading Ecological Memoirs: What Narrative Therapy Can Tell Us about the Power of Discussing Books in Groups
13. ‘Inside Story’: Participatory Storytelling and Imagination in Eco-Pedagogical Contexts
14. Use of Storytelling within Assessment to Support Sustainability Literacy
Helen Puntha, Anne Touboulic, and Tony Wall
Part III: Storytelling through the Disciplines
15. Consumer Privileges and the Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Production and Consumption
16. The Secret of Dreaming: Introducing Systems Thinking and Worldview
17. Using Memoirs in Science Communication for Transformational Learning
18. Sustainable Use of Chemicals in Practice
19. Cowboys, Cooking Stoves, and Corporations: Engineering a New Future through Storytelling
20. Going for a Walk: Using Psychogeography to Explore Sustainability in Art and Design
Joanna Cooke and Nicola Mace
21. To Invest or Not to Invest? Anita’s Dilemma
Madhvi Sethi and Katrina Plumb
22. Storytelling for ComplexSustainability Perspectives in Business and Management
Nerise Johnson, Anna Mackenzie, Tony Wall, Jeffrey Barber, Karen Onthank
23. Exploring Sustainability Perspectives in Accounting and Finance through Contemporary Cinema
24. Storytelling in the Field of Law and Sustainability: Five Different Stories about "The Ecology of Law"
María Dolores Sánchez
25. Stories for Well-being, Resilience and Mental Toughness in Primary and Secondary Education – Ideas for Pedagogy Practitioners
Sandra Hopkins and Megan Bettinson
26. Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change Messages through 360 Film and Virtual Reality
Rebecca Cunningham and Cody Kartuz
27. Social Entrepreneurship: A Facilitator of Social Progress
Pradnya Vishwas Chitrao, Pravin Kumar Bhoyar, and Brig. Rajiv Divekar
28. Accounting for the Planet?
Caroline Aggestam Pontoppidan
29. Using Stories to Engage and Educate School Children and Teachers in Sustainable Development
Joanna Jones, Petra Molthan-Hill, Roy Smith
31. Conclusion: Stepping into Sustainable Futures: Actions, Developments and Networks
Tony Wall, Helen Puntha, Petra Molthan-Hill, Nicola Kemp, Sapphire Puntha, Denise Baden