Gathering around stories: Interdisciplinary experiments in support of energy system transitions


This paper explores the creative uses of stories and storytelling to engage groups and individuals with consideration of changes in energy systems across time and place. It summarises three story-based experiments that responded to the theme of ‘energy utopias’. These are drawn from the three core strands of a much wider body of work undertaken within the Stories of Change project. This took stories as a central motif and organising device to refresh public and political conversations about energy and decarbonisation. Our hypothesis was that stories could offer a popular and engaging route into thinking about the past and present of humanity’s lives with energy and a lively way of imagining possible futures. We also wanted to test the degree to which stories could offer a shared intellectual space that might support both interdisciplinary and co-productive working for a core team that includes social science, humanities, media, computing and design researchers as well as creative and community partners. The paper considers some of the practical, methodological and theoretical considerations and reflects on the strengths and limitations of stories as both motif and technique in supporting action on

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@inproceedings{Smitha2017GatheringAS, title={Gathering around stories: Interdisciplinary experiments in support of energy system transitions}, author={Joe Smitha and Robert Butler and Rosie Day and Hamish Fyfe and Axel Goodbody and David T. Llewellyn and Mel Rohse and Bradon Smith and Renata Tyszczuk and Julia Udall and Nicola Whyte}, year={2017} }