I’ve been wriggling in the territory of Issue illumination without inflammation for some 30 years using my hereditary tool of the theatre. I continue to believe, no matter how naively, in the tools that we theeatre people have developed to heighten the significance of shared time. These need not be applied in cultural space ( indeed I find this usually an impediment to true exchange). Instead they rightly belong in the realm of facilitating the Human Gathering in its many forms. In sometimes refer to these gatherings as Human Rites
The Institute for Non-toxic Propaganda; could be a massive idealistic organisation that would welcome anyone working along a parallel path. I have often returned to this strategy of cornering a pressing problem and embracing it via the realm of metaphor, this releases the imaginative power exponentially.
At one point I started called these creations FiNGOs - for fictive NGOs. Entering an invented, limitless hierarchy allow great freedom to the participants. (Check bembodavies.com to find the Baghdad Osijek Friendship Society.) Sketching the resultant understandings into the graph of the problem, I devised a proposal of ‘Culture First’; while we couldn’t solve the massive global problems that we were addressing overnight, but entering them through a fiction, we could explore the emotional reality and culture of people who had got beyond the barrier of helplessness. (Ask me for the report of the workshop I designed with Parapanda Theatre Labratory in Dar es Salaam. )