I believe narrative itself is important in culture-making as well as culture development. We challenge each other through the stories we tell. I’ve been thinking deeply about how we can shine a light on the cooperative movement in form of films, television series, documentaries, novels, short fiction, podcasts, long-form journalism, vlogs, and other forms of multimedia. I’ve also been considering how important it would be to build alternative structures to support that work: publishing cooperatives, theatre cooperatives, streaming platforms, cooperative representation agencies, cooperative film and art festivals, cooperative actors guilds, along with a broader cooperative film and art industry. These structures could alter how we tell stories and who gets to participate in the making of art. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to start a discussion about how cooperative media can be a source of funding for cooperative education and research.
Cadwell Turnbull is a graduate from the North Carolina State University’s Creative Writing MFA in Fiction and English MA in Linguistics. He is a writer of science fiction and fantasy with work appearing in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Lightspeed and Nightmare. He is a member of the Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective (GEO) and has recently been writing articles for GEO about cooperative media and how it can be used to fuel and build the cooperative movement.
Nathan Schneider, from the University of Colorado Boulder; Cadwell Turnbull, writer of ‘social fiction’; Francesca Pick, Co-founder Greaterthan & OuiShare Fest; and Cristina Flesher Fominaya, whose forthcoming book is about “Real” Democracy as expressed, demanded and manifested in Spain from 15-M to Podemos, will explore the transformative power of narrative. This panel will discuss storytelling […]