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How to Listen #2: Co-shaping an exchange of narratives and learning together.

June 9 @ 15:00 - 16:30


Hunt out wild flowers,
reach out, not to pick them
but as an offer of intimacy.

Stay open-hearted,
don’t put your ear
to the ground to listen

for sap or soil, instead
tune into the words
written between the lines –

visible in the way bluebell,
pink campion, stitchwort
offer up their secrets,

have made themselves
vulnerable against
pale and dark greens.

This is an offering –
last chance to hear
this moment’s prayer.

Veronica Aaronson, from Nothing about the birds is ordinary this morning (Indigo Dreams, 2019)

The Living Library is a conversational space that takes place in the intersection between fiction, action and research. Over a series of three online sessions facilitated by Pernilla Glaser, academics, activists and artists will gather to share understandings of climate justice, unpacking the scheduled themes of knowledge, listening and action.

The Living Library is a Talk Up. You are invited to listen to a conversation between a group with various practices of knowledge. The conversation is followed by a participatory space where you reflect with other participants.

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Registration is free and you are welcome to attend all three conversations or any of your own choosing. Please note, you only need to register once.


In this second session of The Living Library we will be exploring the dynamic of listening as a tool for transformation, raising questions such as:

  • What can a practice of listening look like?
  • From what position is it possible to be an involved listener?
  • What happens when you put the art of listening in focus of dialogue and collaboration?
  • How can we learn about listening from different contexts and practices?
  • What is essential in order to support an environment where listening is possible?
  • How can we actively listen and co-shape an exchange of narratives?

The Living Library is a collaboration between the following organisations: Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University,  Uppsala konstmuseum and Mistra Environmental Communication 

You can read more about contributors and the background to The Living Library below and on our website here. Find the Facebook event here 



Viktoria Walldin | Social Anthropologist | White Arkitekter

Viktoria Walldin is a social anthropologist at White Arkitekter. She is passionate about creating better opportunities for children and young people. She wants social issues to be firmly on the agenda in housing policy and, above all, for increased segregation to be taken seriously. She is typically involved in an early stage of the project process and works with interviews, observations, citizen meetings and focus groups in the area in question, and talks to people on site about where the needs are. One of the major projects Viktoria has been involved in is Kiruna’s urban transformation and she is currently working on a project on campus development for Akademiska Hus.

Read more about Viktoria and her projects here:

Michele-Lee Moore | Researcher  | Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University 

Michele-Lee Moore’s research focus is on social innovations and transformations. She seeks to build and mobilize knowledge about social innovations – ones that allow us to transform and build positive paths towards social-ecological-cultural resilience. Primarily, she has focused on topics of transnational and local water governance, social innovation, and transformation. Beyond her water governance research, she also collaborates with scholars to examine case studies in other domains to gain insights on social innovation and transformation. Throughout this work, Moore remains deeply committed to growing her own knowledge about decolonization, two-eyed seeing methodologies, and developing her capacity for understanding and implementing, both truth and reconciliation.

Learn more about Michele-Lee and her work here:

Maria Thereza Alves | Artist

Heralding from São Paulo, Brazil, Maria Thereza Alves has worked and exhibited internationally since the 1980s, creating a body of work investigating the histories and circumstances of particular localities to give witness to silenced histories. Her projects are researched-based and develop out of her interactions with the physical and social environments of the places she lives, or visits for exhibitions and residencies. These projects begin in response to local needs and proceed through a process of dialogue that is often facilitated between material and environmental realities and social circumstances. While aware of Western binaries between nature and culture, art and politics, or art and daily life, she deliberately refuses to acknowledge them in her practice. She chooses instead to work with people in communities as equals through relational practices of collaboration that require constant movement across all of these boundaries.

Learn more about Maria and her work here:

Johannes Heldén | Artist and Poet

Johannes Heldén is a visual artist, writer and musician. His interdisciplinary practice deals with poetry, ecology, artificial intelligence, sentience, interspecies communication and narrative structures. Recent projects include Astroecology which was published simultaneously in three languages, made into an interdisciplinary performance at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and a digital artwork published by Bonniers Konsthall, and New New Hampshire & Clouds (for the Momentum biennial, hybrid installation/publication). He has published four music albums, recently Takträdgårdar (OEI) and System (Irrlicht), and seven digital works of poetry and visual art.

Learn more about Johannes and his work here:


Pernilla Glaser | Writer, method-developer and teacher | Boiler | RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden)

Pernilla Glaser is a writer, method-developer and teacher. She works as Creative Research Force at Interactive Institute and at the University Collage of Arts and Craft.Her background is as a theatre-director. She has worked a lot with participation, place and urban sustainability and has been a recurring guest-teacher at The Institution of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Art. She is currently teaching storytelling at the University College of Arts, Craft and Design Interior Architects. During 2014 she has developed The intersection, a space and toolbox for innovation and collaboration for Luleå University of Technology and two projects for the Swedish county government; toolbox for spatial exploration and toolbox for an inclusive cultural heritage.Pernilla Glaser is also the initiator of Academy of Risk, a network that works with prototyping risk-taking in academia.She is an experienced moderator, frequently working with universities and government agencies hosting seminars and various events.

See here to learn more about Pernilla and her work, play and all things between: 


Library Shelf

The Civil Conversations Project

David Bohm on Dialogue

Susan Bickford on The Dissonance of Democracy: Listening, Conflict and Citizenship


June 9
15:00 - 16:30