Crowdsourcing “Extreme Whether”: Changing the Stories We Tell

November 21, 2013

Having successfully crowd sourced two projects online-I can tell you it’s not easy money.

Assuming you have a following, and a compelling story, you still need a great deal of persistence and luck to make it work. The video above showcases a worthwhile new initiative to better tell the story of climate change, and its impacts on society and individuals.

Climate Scientists James Hansen and Jennifer Francis appear in the video above.

To donate, go to the Indie Go-go link below.

Extreme Whether/IndieGo-Go:

George Bartenieff & Karen Malpede, Artistic Directors

 We know we cannot save the Earth until we change the stories people tell.

So we’re marrying art and science to create a new way to talk about climate change, our most compelling play yet, Extreme Whether. And we need you to help with the wedding!

Our newest play Extreme Whether is a powerful family drama that tells the truth about climate change and moves its audience to understand its own power so that, together, we can take action to save the Earth. This may be our most important play.

We use dramatic art to shift the paradigm away from violence toward resilience and from global warming to sustainability. “It is only when artists control their own work, as Malpede and Bartenieff do, that great socially relevant theater can be sustained,” Chris Hedges writes. Noam Chomskysays our work “is a remarkable contribution and I hope that many more people can see it.”We surround our plays with Festivals of Conscience: talks and talk-backs by major writers, activists and experts in the field.

Here’s how The New York Times described Extreme Whether in The Scan column, April 1, 2013:

A new eco-drama about climate change is set in upstate New York during the record-hot summers of 2004 and 2012 will have two readings this month.  The play pits brother against sister in a bitter debate about the future of the planet. In one corner is John Bjornson, a composite of famous climatologists. In the other is his twin sister, Jeanne, an energy spokeswoman married to a skeptical lobbyist. “The play poses this most difficult question of whether we can act in our own defense when faced with a global threat,” says the playwright, Karen Malpede.

Our goal is to raise the funds to launch a full production of Extreme Whether at Theater for the New City in New York City, this March 20 – April 13, 2014. Meanwhile, the script, the music, our “Sniffley” umbrella, and the poster are available as perks.

2 Responses to “Crowdsourcing “Extreme Whether”: Changing the Stories We Tell”

  1. Really interesting Peter, thanks​!​

    I think that you would be really interested in some recent research that I have come across explaining crowds and citizen science.​ ​In particular I feel you may find these two emerging pieces of research very relevant:

    – The Theory of Crowd Capital

    – The Contours of Crowd Capability

    Powerful stuff, no?

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