Karen O’Brien is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. Her research explores the human and social dimensions of global environmental change, including the relationship between individual and collective change. Her current research project, ‘AdaptationCONNECTS,’ focuses on the relationship between climate change adaptation and transformations to sustainability, with an emphasis on collaboration, creativity, flexibility and empowerment. She has written and edited numerous books and papers on climate change and its implications for human security and has participated in four IPCC reports. She is the co-founder of cCHANGE (www.cCHANGE.no). She enjoys reading, writing, running, and yoga, and is curious about all perspectives on change, including the significance of quantum physics for social change.
By Karen O'Brien, Ann El Khoury, Jordan Rosenfeld, Nicole Schafenacker, Resilience.org
Stories play a powerful role in transmitting personal and collective experiences. They allow us to “feel” climate change in ways that can move us emotionally and open our imagination to new possibilities. They raise our awareness not only to what is happening in the world, but to how it may be experienced by others, both now and in the future.