Psychosocial in Dorset, 2017

Social Dreaming Climate Change

A Cape Farewell research project

In partnership with Climate Psychology Alliance

Exploring the contemporary cultural unconscious of climate change

Social Dreaming Climate Change is a psychosocial research pilot study into the contemporary cultural unconscious of climate change, created in partnership with Climate Psychology Alliance and funded by Compton Foundation.

Sixteen climate experts including artists, scientists, activists and entrepreneurs gathered in 2017 to explore the themes that characterise the contemporary cultural unconscious of climate change. This intense weekend of social dreaming produced fields of data now being analysed by the psychosocial team.

Listen to One thought fills immensity, the sound artwork from the recorded data created by Sarah Washington and widely broadcast on radio. Listen here

“Thinking the Unthinkable” is a chapter based on the Social Dreaming, Art and Climate Change event in Dorset. The authors Julian Manley and Wendy Hollway give examples of researching the ‘unthought known’ of climate change, based on dreaming, which brings to light the hard-to bear reality of global heating. Available now in Climate Psychology, published by Palgrave in 2019.