Narrative Storytelling Initiative
The Narrative Storytelling Initiative is dedicated to expanding the population of knowledgeable narrators and enhancing the quality and scale of their public engagement.
Quarterly Writing Workshops
An opportunity for faculty and others to advance their ideas and hone their writing on specific projects geared for wide public audiences. This includes half-day, one-day and two-day workshops.
Transformations is an online magazine of narrative essays written by faculty members and others focused on life-changing experiences and events. The narrative project is a publishing channel within the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read more here about the recent launch and find the site at TransformationNarratives.com.
Periodic events bringing authors and other storytellers to campus to share their insights about the creative process.
Apocalyptic Thinking and Climate Change
A two-year research-and-writing project for 15+ faculty and graduate students in partnership with the Global Futures Laboratory and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. Read about this in Times Higher Education: "Scholars Need to Act with Greater Urgency." Read about the program grant from Luce/ACLS.
A short book series published by Bloomsbury for which the NSI identifies potential book projects and works with faculty to prepare them to pitch and write. Environment by Rolf Halden was the first book to be published from this partnership--and more to come.
A deep-dive narrative work for print and video examining the impact of rising waters and the response by local populations along the U.S. East Coast and beyond.
This essay project is a collaboration between the NSI and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, The Melikian Center and the Center for Jewish Studies. The faculty-led research and writing seeks to uncover and share lessons from the past and present, in which active and engaged citizens have challenged, resisted or reversed autocratic pursuits.
A research-and-writing project focused on space exploration and the potential of all kinds of exploration to expand our knowledge of what it means to be human.
Video series on WNET featuring in-depth conversations about climate change issues and solutions with experts and innovators that are working to bring hope to the climate crisis. Planet Forward is hosted by Emmy award-winning journalist Frank Sesno and made in partnership with the NSI and Global Futures Laboratory.
Communities of Change
This early-stage project will tell stories in multiple forms about communities in various countries dedicated to climate and environmental action. The goal is to learn and shed light on best practices, as well as inspire more communities to work together toward positive solutions.
Dept. of Psychology/Biodesign Institute
School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Center for the Study of Race and Democracy / Dept. of English
Wanda Dalla Costa
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
School of Earth and Space Exploration
Lightworks/Global Futures Laboratory
Dept. of English
School of Social Transformation
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
School for the Future of Innovation in
School of Music/Arts, Media and
Dept. of English
College of Health Solutions
Dept. of Psychology