This groundbreaking handbook is a resource for artists, community activists and anyone wishing to reach beyond the facts and figures of science and technology to harness their creativity to make change in the world.
This timely book explores the pivotal role artists play in re-thinking the future; re-inventing and re-imagining our world at a time of systemic change and uncertainty. Playing for Time identifies collaborative arts practices emerging in response to planetary challenges, reclaiming a traditional role for artists in the community as truth-tellers and agents of change.
Sixty experienced artists and activists give voice to a new narrative—shifting society’s rules and values away from consumerism and commodity towards community and collaboration with imagination, humour, ingenuity, empathy and skill. Inspired by the grass-roots Transition movement, modelling change in communities worldwide, Playing for Time joins the dots between key drivers of change—in energy, finance, climate change, food and community resilience—and ‘recipes for action’ for readers to take and try.
Lucy Neal is a theatre-maker and educator interested in how celebratory events act as a catalyst for change. A Co-founding Director of the London International Festival of Theatre (1981-‘05), her work looks at how the arts inspire new ways of living within the ecological limits of a finite planet. She has been an active player in the Transition movement since 2008. Co-author of MMM’s Sustainable Ability, she is Happiness Associate on the Happy Museum Project, and co-founder of The Case for Optimism. She is co-author of The Turning World—stories from the London International Festival of Theatre (Gulbenkian) and was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to drama.