Climate Story Lab Berlin

Helping Urgent Environmental Stories Go Further

Climate communication is more critical than ever before: we need excellent storytelling to achieve its full potential and reach the audiences that matter. Out of this conviction, we will bring the Climate Story Lab to Berlin to discuss sustainable storytelling with experts. Together, we aim to create innovative, diverse and sustainable climate storytelling approaches and foster transdisciplinary partnerships. The core question will be "How do we tell the climate crisis?"

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For three days (6-8 October), storytellers, activists, experts and NGO representatives will come together to comprehensively renew our approaches to climate communication. We want to promote a holistic approach and bring media professionals together with activists, artists, scientists and decision-makers. Together, we aim to develop effective storytelling that, on the one hand, shows the urgency of the situation through doomsday scenarios, but on the other hand, encourages action through visions that do not trivialize the issue. We will create concrete communication concepts that inspire and motivate civil society to get involved, and encourage politicians and decision-makers to find and implement bigger solutions to address the climate crisis.

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After New York and London, the Climate Story Lab in Berlin is the third edition of the successful format developed by DocSociety and Exposure Labs.

Speakers at the Climate Story Lab Berlin (selection)

Submitted projects

In a public call for projects, we have asked storytellers to submit climate related projects. We selected six of these creative storytelling projects to be presented as part of the Climate Story Lab.
In brainstorming sessions, at open-tables and more, input, expertise, partnership or funding will be offered. Together we will work at the submitted projects to make the best storytelling out of it. 

The selected  projects:


Tuesday 06.10.2020

09:00 - 09:30: Welcome

Introduction by Anna Ramskogler-Witt (Human Rights Film Festival Berlin) & Vivian Schroder (Impact Producer).

09.30 - 10:20: Key-Note: Climate and Human Rights

Andrew Gilmour will speak about the effects of the Climate Crisis on Human Rights.

His presentation is followed by a Q&A.  

10:20 - 11:00: Climate, Conflict & Hunger

This panel will give a deeper insight into the correlation between the climate crisis and its resulting conflicts and hunger.


Networking, Coffee and Cake.

11:15 - 11:30: Quick Intro: Projects 1-3

The creative minds behind the projects are going to give a short insight into their ideas for sustainable climate communication.

11:30 - 12:00: Climate Storytelling & Impact

Amazing Beadie Finzi of our partner DocSociety will give you an insight into the concept of Impact Producing.

12:00 - 13:00: Climate, Race & Gender

When it comes to climate crisis , women and girls⁠ - especially those living in rural areas and those living below the poverty line - are most affected by natural disasters, pollution, oil spills and more and most vulnerable to the climate catastrophy/mostly exposed to climate-related vulnerabilities. As a result, the effects of such disasters generally further exacerbate existing inequalities. For women and people of colour, structural and institutional racism has placed them at the centre of environmental injustices. Particularly POC and indigenous people often face higher rates of exposure to unclean water, pollution, and many have been stripped of their land and resources in the name of modernisation. At the same time, the inclusion of the most vulnerable groups of our global society and the representation of their voices, perspectives and demandsin the media, at climate conferences is desperately lacking. Together with experts, we want to discuss the reasons and ways to change this (to integrate gender and race considerations into climate communication, policies, plans and actions).


Network and enjoy a delicious vegan or vegetarian lunch.

13:45 - 14:25 Impact

What does impact mean across sectors?

What is the common denominator?

14:25 - 15:00: The Logic of Impact

How can impact be measured, how can we create sustainable campaigns and projects with mesurable impact. Elias Schneider of the Berlin based organisation Phineo will give a short overview on how to develp an impact logic.

15:00 - 15:15: Quick Intro: Projects 4-6

The creative minds behind the projects are going to give a short insight into their ideas for sustainable climate communication.


Networking, Coffee and Cake.

15:30 - 16:30: Art, Activism & Climate Change

What role can art and activism play to shake people up, to urge large cooperations corporations to act and motivate politicians to adopt sustainable legislation? We will discuss these questions with the amazing Yes Men, the Peng Collectiv and members of Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion. The discussion will be followed by in-depth breakout sessions.

16:30 - 17:00: Best Case: Agents of Change

Brighton Kaoma has started a radio show at the age of 14 to discuss climate change in his home country Zambia. In 2015 he co-founded Agents of Change and throughout Africa they are now training teenagers to become journalists and to host their own radio shows. Today he is an Associate of Columbia University, WWF Presidents’ Adwardee and Queen Elizabeth II Youth Leadership Adwardee.

13:45 - 14:25: Climate & Psychology

Our psychology plays a major role in our perception and action. In this conversation we want to find out why it is so hard for many of us to change our behaviour towards a more sustainable future. We will also explore how communication and storytelling of the climate crisis can inspire and motivate people to change their behaviour withthe importance of personal fates and emotions to make the abstract topic of the climate catastrophe more tangible/concrete.

17:00 - 18:00: Impact

We end the day with a group work on impact. Taking everything into account what we learned during todays sessions. Thinking about how we can create impact with our tools for our 6 selected projects.

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Wednesday 07.10.2020

9:30 - 9:45: Welcome & Recap

Anna and Vivian will give a short overview of their learnings of the first day and summerise the highlights.

9:45 - 10:20: Dramaturgy & Form

Form follows function – this can also be said for the dramaturgy of your project. Each media form needs to think differently about approaches. You can just create one concept that fits all. Together with Inga von Staden of the Interactive Media Foundation and media scientist William Uricchio we will dive deep into this question.

10:20 - 11:00: Project I

Information follows soon


Networking, Coffee & Cake

11:15 - 12:30: Climate & Activism

First we gain insight into the extensive campaignwork (of Greenpeace before we discuss in smaller groups how different forms of activism can create long-lasting change in break-out-session. Amongs the experts are colleagues from Patagonia,

12:30 - 13:10: Project II

Information follows soon


Network and enjoy a delicious vegan or vegetarian lunch.

14:00 - 14:15: Introduction Climate & Facts

Chief Editor of Carel Mohn will give insights into his years of experience with communicating facts, scientific evidence and how these scientific results can play a crucial role in informing people on the one hand and can discourage people on the other hand. A tightrope act.

14:!5 - 15:00: Petra Pinzler «Vier fürs Klima»

ZEIT journalist and author Petra Pinzler has written a book in 2018 about her family trying to live CO2 neutral for a year. A lot has happened since. What has she learned?

15:00 - 15:30: Climate & Future

Together with our partner Save the Children, we will venture a deeper lookinto the future and see how the Climate Crisis will continue to affect our future (and the one of the following generations) in a even more disastrous way. Together with young climate activists we will hear about their hopes, fears and why they protest every Friday. 

15:30-16:15: Project III

Information follows soon


Networking, Coffee & Cake

16:30 - 17:00: Best Case: 10 MILLIARDEN WIE WERDEN WIR ALLE SATT

With his film 10 MILLIARDEN WIE WERDEN WIR ALLE SATT German Director Valentin Thurn not only started a NGO but also raised nation-wide awareness for one very pressing issue: 10 billion people on planet earth, how will we all be fed? Not only by releasing the film in cinemas, but by implementing a carefully composed impact strategy accompaning it.

17:00 - 17:30: Climate Crisis Prediction & Comedy

Together with an international renown expert we will talk how the prediction of the climate crisis and comedy can go hand in hand and why as a scientist, storytelling is extremely important.

17:30 - 18:00: Climate Crisis & Refugees

Kira Vinke from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will introdcue the idea of the climate passport, how the idea was born and has gathered voices around the world.

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Thursday 08.10.2020

09:00 - 09:15: Welcome & Recap

Anna and Vivian will give a short overview of their learnings of the previous day and summerise the highlights.

09:15 - 09:45: Climate & Literature: In conversation with Ilija Trojanow

Jan Sebastian Friedrich-Rust (Aktion gegen den Hunger Germany) will be in conversation with renowned Author Ilija Trojanow on Climate Fiction and on the impact that literature can play.

10:00 - 10:40: Project IV

Information follows soon


Networking, Coffee & Cake

11:00 - 11:20: Climate Justice

What does climate justice mean and why is it so imporant to talk about it.

11.20 – 12.00: Connecting with Others: India & Kenya

Our lovely friends & colleagues in India and Kenya are also hosting shortly climate storytelling conferences and workshops around the time of our lab in Berlin. In this session we will talk about the differences and similarities in the approaches of climate storytelling.

12:30 - 13:10: Project V

Information follows soon.


Network and enjoy a delicious vegan or vegetarian lunch.

14:00 – 15:00: Climate Intervention

Discursive, legal, financial and artistic interventions can be effective tools to change the mindset of people and even lead to long-lasting policy changes. After a short info-session, we will have the chance to discuss these approaches with Miriam Saage-Maaß from ECCHR in break-out-sessions.

15:00 - 15:40: Project VI

Information follows soon.

16:00 - 16:30: Climate & Comedy

The wonderful Belina Raffy gives us a crash course in sustainable stand-up and the power of humor. 

16:30 - 17:00: Volle Halle

It all started with trying to bring the debate around climate crisis into theatre and «Volle Halle» was born. Kai Schächtele and his team have learned a lot on their way to finding a set-up that works and reaches the people. Finding the right balance between not leaving people deflated after the show, but rather inspired has not always been a smooth path. 

17:00 - 17:40: Wrap Up

Anna & Vivian will sumerize the last three days for you.

17:00 - 17:40: Public reading by Ilija Trojanow

Information follows soon.

Guests meet Guests

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The inaugural Lab took place in New York in July 2019, followed by Climate Story Lab UK in London in March 2020 both initiated and organized by DocSociety and Exposure Labs. Watch the video to get some first impressions of the concept.

Date: October 1, 2020

Start: 8:30 am

End: 6:00 pm

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Storytelling can be a powerful tool to expose injustice, fight stigmatization and encourage others to stand up and speak out. On 1 October, we will discuss the impact of best case examples, the risks survivors face and new media guidelines. We will also learn about trauma-sensitive approaches and the need for mindful storytelling. 

Date: October 2, 2020

Start: 8:30 am

End: 5:30 pm

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In many ways, the current coronavirus pandemic serves as a catalyst for distributing lies, misleading information and conspiracy theories. The effects of disinformation, hate speech and populist speech on political life and democratic and social values are now becoming brutally visible. On 2 October, we will discuss strategies for resisting populism, the spread of disinformation and internet and social media use to propagate hate speech.

Date: October 5, 2020

Start: 8:30 am

End: 6:30 pm

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On 5 October, Berlin will host internationally renowned experts from a wide range of fields. Together with experts and storytellers, as well as representatives of German politics and civil society, we will think about how we can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the challenges we face and how to overcome them.

18. SEPTEMBER 2020