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Sustainability Salon on Hopeful Visions


Aug 27, 2023


3:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Frick Environmental Center


Maren Cooke

Making this the inaugural Summer Author Series (following on our great discussion with Kristina Marusic last month) — and ending the summer on a positive note — we will welcome Susan Kaye Quinn, environmental engineer turned writer of speculative fiction, solarpunk, and hopepunk climate fiction; astronomer, author, mentor, organizer, and dark-sky advocate Diane Turnshek; and author and publisher Scot Noel for a conversation about hopeful visions for the future.

Stories are how we understand the world, and a shift to positive narratives about the struggle for a just, sustainable world can act as a balm and inspiration for action.  Susan Kaye Quinn will talk about the role positive stories play in the fight for a better world.  She’ll discuss the ten elements of hopepunk, how activists are increasingly focused on solutions-based narratives, and how efforts to get climate stories on the screen could change how we talk about the crisis. She’ll share her works as well as other stories that can restore, inspire, and help grow the hope we need to work together in this fight.

Also joining us will be Scot Noel, founder and publisher of DreamForge: a magazine of fiction and commentary that embody humane values of compassion, cooperation, creativity, integrity, and hope (as well as an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy himself).  He’s a major proponent of, and frequent speaker on, solarpunk and hopepunk literature.



This in-person gathering will go from 3 p.m. to 8 or 9.  Presentations and discussion will start around 4 p.m.  Please be sure to RSVP if you might come!   And with the weather a bit uncertain, please keep an eye out on MarensList and/or email as the weekend approaches.  If you’re not already on my Eventbrite list, please email me (maren dot cooke at gmail dot com) with “salon” in the Subject line to be added — and let me know how you heard about salons!  Likewise, email if you are interested in a Zoom option for this salon!  To RSVP, respond via Eventbrite or simply email me with “salon” in the Subject line.  Along about Saturday  night/Sunday morning, I’ll send out Directions & Other Information to all who have registered (but please register even if you know your way here).


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