In it together! Cultivating space for intergenerational dialogue, empathy and hope in a climate of uncertainty

Hayes, Tracy ORCID logo ORCID: , Walker, Catherine, Parsons, Katie, Arya, Dena, Bowman, Benjamin, Germaine, Chloé, Lock, Raichael, Langford, Stephen, Peacock, Sean and Thew, Harriet (2022) In it together! Cultivating space for intergenerational dialogue, empathy and hope in a climate of uncertainty. Children's Geographies, 21 (5). pp. 803-818.

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The urgent and interlocking social, economic and ecological crises faced by societies around the world require dialogue, empathy and above all, hope that transcends social divides. At a time of uncertainty and crisis, many societies are divided, with distrust and divides exacerbated by media representations pitting different groups against one another. Acknowledging intersectional interrelationships, this collaborative paper considers one type of social distinction – generation – and focuses on how trust can be rebuilt across generations. To do this, we collate key insights from eight projects that shared space within a conference session foregrounding creative, intergenerational responses to the climate and related crises. Prompted by a set of reflective questions, presenters commented on the methodological resources that were co-developed in intergenerational research and action spaces. Most of the work outlined was carried out in the UK, situated in challenges that are at once particular to local contexts, and systematic of a wider malaise that requires intergenerational collaboration. Reflecting across the projects, we suggest fostering ongoing, empathetic dialogues across generations is key to addressing these challenges of the future, securing communities that are grounded as collaborative and culturally responsive, and resilient societies able to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of change.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Children's Geographies
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 1473-3277
Departments: Institute of Health > Social Work, Children and Families
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2022 09:42
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 14:01


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