Natural Capital and Storytelling

naturalcapitalinitiativeI am hugely honoured to have been invited to co-facilitate a session (with Sarah Jane Chimbwandera, Director of Biodiversity, Evidence and Policy of the Surrey Wildlife Trust) at the Natural Capital Initiative ‘Valuing our life support Systems’ natural capital summit in November in London.

The summit will:

  1. Derive a common understanding of what natural capital really means
  2. Understand in plain language the natural and social science behind it
  3. Find and demonstrate ways in which sectors and initiatives can work, and are working, together to apply it
  4. Identify ways of ensuring that practical responses have scientific rigour
  5. Communicate recommendations for ways forward across the sectors

Our Session, on the morning of day 2, is entitled:  Natural capital and storytelling – This session will investigate innovative ways to communicate the concept of natural capital to the public. Our aim being to gain maximum participation  of the delegates as to what is important, what can be done and how to put this into a story.

And what is ‘Natural Capital’? you might still be asking…

Natural capital refers to the elements of nature that produce value (directly and indirectly) to people, such as the stock of forests, rivers, land, minerals and oceans. It includes the living aspects of nature (such as fish stocks) as well as the non-living aspects (such as minerals and energy resources). Natural capital underpins all other types of capital… and is the foundation on which our economy, society and prosperity is built.”
– The Natural Capital Committee

I ran a very successful Participatory Narrative Inquiry workshop for the Surrey Trust back in May and we have designed our session at the summit around the ‘best bits’. We are hoping to do an early trial with local businesses in early October as a trial run. I will post the outcome and lessons learned shortly after.

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