Why can’t you understand those people who think so differently from you? Why have we failed to meaningfully address climate change despite 40 years of clear climate science? Why are so many of our systems of social support failing us?
At the root of the answers to these questions lies the extraordinary power of story. The world is built upon stories—stories we believe about ourselves and others, narratives about “the way things are,” and myths that define our relationship to the world around us. Many of the stories and narratives that we subconsciously believe have led us down the dark path to rising inequality, food insecurity, unprecedented levels of polarization, and ecological instability on a planetary scale. And because it was us—humans—who collectively authored these stories, it is us who have the power to change them.
An entertaining and inspiring rallying cry, A Future Untold urges us to return to the most fundamental driver of human behavior and culture setting: story. Drawing heavily from her experience in environmental advocacy, activism, political communications, spoken word, and the entrepreneurial sector, New Zealand National Poetry Slam champion Alina Siegfried (AKA Ali Jacs) translates the fundamentals of narrative change into authentic stories, entertaining anecdotes, new myths for humanity, and a handful of powerful poems complete with QR codes to corresponding video performances, to provide a call to action for everyday citizens who believe that we can build a better future together.