We perceive the world not only through our eyes, but also through our stories. When we think of the years, decades and centuries ahead, we often think in glorious utopias or terrifying dystopias.
But is there a story for the future that is more wholesome? ‘A Bigger story’ is a brand new organisation that aims to bring creative, curious and pro-active people together to tell powerful, visual stories about the future of the world. Stories that are not just hopeful, but also physically attainable and based on scientific insight. During the event you can expect to learn about the Bigger story project in general, the latest developments, meet inspiring speakers and get a sneak peak at a digital tool we’ve already been working on behind the scenes. If you’re looking for a way to contribute your knowledge and skills to building something new and meaningful, this event might just be for you!
With amongst others
- Shanta Jethoe graduated art academy ArtEZ as a visual storyteller with a specialisation in 2D animation. Her thesis is titled “Colouring Skins” and focusses on racial representation in animation. As diversity advisor of a Bigger story, she monitors diversity both in Bigger story products as well as in the organisation itself.
- Dr Ariella Helfgott is a Senior Researcher in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. Her research involves development of alternative future scenarios and transition pathways for water, food, energy and biodiversity. These science-based scenarios can form a vital element of the Bigger Story project, and the Bigger Story is vital for effective communication of the science.
- Douwe van der Werf (Netherlands) is a filmmaker and the founder of a Bigger story. He exclusively develops films around social and environmental themes. With the Bigger story project, he now brings creative, curious people together to build deeply immersive stories about the world of tomorrow.
- Pierre Massat is a data visualisation specialist. He creates interactive visualisations that tell stories that no spoken or written word can get across. For a Bigger story, he’s currently building something pretty great. Telling stories with data is a vital part of the Bigger story project.
- Edwin Nijland is a creative business analyst and closely involved with a Bigger story in developing the organisation, concerning functional structures and processes. With his positive critical eye and mind, he connects dots before they’re actually connected.