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Re-imaginary supports transformations towards just and ecological societies.

We are an international group of passionate researchers and practitioners collaborating through the SUSPLACE Innovation Training Network, which is focused on place-based transformations towards sustainability (and beyond). This website is a result of ongoing collective research, experimentation, and professional experience with creative and arts-based methods of engagement.

The methods and resources shared here are just a starting point and can inform the design of workshops, events, co-production strategies, and the development of sustainability initiatives. Used alone or in concert, they invite improvisation and are not intended to be a comprehensive list – there are many creative people and groups working on this topic around the world! Join us and please do let us know how you have used the resources on this website or in our toolkit.

Engage

Engage the senses, surface emotions, support diverse ways of communicating and processing information, harness different forms of knowledge, and weave in ecological mindsets

Re-imagine

Spark new spaces of possibility in people’s imagination, leading to innovation and renewed clarity, purpose, and motivation

Act

Use in co-production and strategic planning processes, community engagement, leadership & capacity building, climate & environmental communication, and participatory academic research

Theoretical foundations

Creative methods have the potential to help uncover and nourish the inherent resourcefulness and wisdom already existing amongst groups of people. They can do this by creating the conditions to deepen reflexivity and openness to new perspectives and possibilities. They can draw greater attention to processes of knowledge creation, especially as developed within specific social-ecological-cultural contexts.

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We use theory U as an organizing principle, social-ecological transformations as a framework for understanding place-based change processes that integrate culture and nature, and care-based approaches as our underlying values and assumptions.



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Team

Kelli Rose Pearson

Throughout her career, Kelli has focused on communicating themes of sustainability. Currently, she is working towards her PhD on the topic of transformative imagination and storytelling at Wageningen University, Netherlands. In the past, she's been a successful cafe owner (The Sentient Bean), an international development and sustainability consultant (Economic Transformations Group), and a researcher in sustainability sciences (Susplace), amongst other eclectic activities that she could tell you about over a cup of tea. MSc in Environmental Governance, University of Freiburg, Germany; BA in Comparative Religion, Carleton College, USA.

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Angela Moriggi

Angela is a social scientist working in the field of sustainability since 2011, doing extensive fieldwork in China and Finland. I am currently External Researcher at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), External PhD Candidate at Wageningen University and EU Marie Curie ITN Fellow of the project SUSPLACE.

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Anke de Vrieze

Siri is an external PhD candidate at Wageningen University working on her research on transformative and transgressive learning in ecological communities. She has travelled throughout Europe to learn from different ecological communities, with a focus on Finland and Portugal. Siri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Health with a focus on Malnutrition and Food Security which led her to complete a Master’s Degree in Rural Development and Innovation, both from Wageningen University. The philosophy of yoga is woven throughout her work and she is passionate about building bridges between (sustainability) research, spirituality, ‘personal’ development, and societal transformation.

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Siri Pisters

Siri is an external PhD candidate at Wageningen University working on her research on transformative and transgressive learning in ecological communities. She has travelled throughout Europe to learn from different ecological communities, with a focus on Finland and Portugal. Siri holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Health with a focus on Malnutrition and Food Security which led her to complete a Master’s Degree in Rural Development and Innovation, both from Wageningen University. The philosophy of yoga is woven throughout her work and she is passionate about building bridges between (sustainability) research, spirituality, ‘personal’ development, and societal transformation.

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Sara Grenni

Marta is based at University of Aveiro researching the potential of historical commons in transforming communities' relations to nature. For the last four years she has been working with communities managing historical commonlands in Portugal and Spain and experimented with art-based methods in order to re-signify the territory and the community, rebuild lost connections and mobilize ecocultures. She holds a Bachelor in Biology, MA in Ecology and another in Sustainable Rural Planning. Interested in sustainability research, her professional experience has always been at the interface between ecosystems and society.  

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Marta Nieto Rom

Marta is based at University of Aveiro researching the potential of historical commons in transforming communities' relations to nature. For the last four years she has been working with communities managing historical commonlands in Portugal and Spain and experimented with art-based methods in order to re-signify the territory and the community, rebuild lost connections and mobilize ecocultures. She holds a Bachelor in Biology, MA in Ecology and another in Sustainable Rural Planning. Interested in sustainability research, her professional experience has always been at the interface between ecosystems and society.  

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PARTNERS

Susplace

Focuses on research and action towards sustainable place-shaping. It is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission.

Recoms

Focuses on research and action towards resourceful and resilient communities. It is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission.

ParCentra

designs and delivers high engagement learning for workshops, meetings, presentations, and conferences.

“Imagination governs the world" - Napoléon Bonaparte

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