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XR Climate Cafe: The Story is a Forest (English)


Join us for our monthly Climate Café at Sari Sari with dinner, environmental activism-related programming, affinity group match making, hanging out and cross pollination.Dinner will be served starting at 19:30. The first presentation will start around 20:00. The whole event is donation-based. You can come for any part or the whole time.


This month’s program features two wonderful guests: Christine Larivière, who works with with digital communications and data at EIT Climate-KIC, will be giving a talk titled “The Story Is A Forest”, about approaching climate storytelling like a forest, then Soy Division (, a berlin-based Indonesian culinary and art group, will present/perform.


“The Story is a Forest”The IPCC report says: “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” Decades of communication and marketing research has revealed that telling the right story can help motivate behavioral change. Unfortunately, these narrative strategies have been used to support consumerism and an aspiration for infinite economic growth—driving the extraction of resources beyond their ability to regenerate, habitat and biodiversity loss, material waste, emissions, and ultimately, climate change. So, how can we use the power of storytelling for climate action?Research shows messages are most effective when they resonate with a person’s identity and value system, while other studies identify basic narrative figures that are common across cultures. As we hurtle towards 1.5°C, communications professionals are debating the right approach: If we need everyone to change, can we produce and disseminate stories at the granularity and scale needed to connect with all identities and value systems? Can we do it in time? Might there be narratives that transcend demographic divides to foster global climate action?What if we tried it all?This talk argues that climate storytelling is best approached like a forest, with multiple narratives working together to create rooted and resilient networks of meaning. A mythology worth living for.


Christine Larivière, a professional in digital communications and data at EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative. In her spare time, she dabbles in culture theory and forages plants and fungi.

Soydivision Berlin, the art and culture entity consisting of Berlin-based Indonesians with the goal of provoking a discussion about the exploration and expression of identity through art and food.


This monthly XR Climate Café at Sari Sari is for English-Speaking Internationals and Newcomers
– who are curious to learn more about XR
– who want to meet other international rebels
– who want to form affinity groups and join/plan actions together
Note: most XR cafés and meetings are bilingual, using whispered translation where needed, so internationals should not be afraid to attend other XR cafés and meetings that are not specifically described as english-speaking.