Anirudh Tiwathia

Behavioral Scientist at Rare

Dr. Anirudh Tiwathia is a behavioral scientist and public policy expert who works on the design and evaluation of behavioral interventions to encourage climate action. At Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment, he specializes in the use of mass-media and entertainment to influence climate beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. In previous work, he examined the psychological underpinnings of liberal democracy and the antecedents of voluntary compliance. Anirudh has also worked for tech start-ups and in intergovernmental organizations like UNDP and UNICEF. He holds an MBA and PhD (Behavioral Policy) from the Booth School of Business; an MA (Public Policy) and a PhD (Cognitive Psychology) from the University of Chicago; and a BA (Cognitive Science) from Vassar College.

 Carmiel Banasky

TV Writer & Novelist

Carmiel Banasky is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist who recently made the leap into television, staffing on the Amazon series, UNDONE. She is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop, which Publisher's Weekly calls a "tour de force," and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, LA Review of Books, Glimmer Train, The Rumpus, and NPR, among other places. She specializes in climate sci-fi and fantasy in the TV and podcasts spaces -- she is currently adapting a feminist cli-fi fantasy novel, FROST AND THORN, and she is showrunning a climate sci-fi podcast at Wondery. She is the head writer of the Good Energy Playbook, a foundational guide for screenwriters in the age of climate change. She has spent time on a ship in the Arctic, studying and writing about climate change, and she once tried her damndest to open a Planned Parenthood in Mississippi.

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VIRTUAL STAGE

VIRTUAL SESSION

Thursday, June 23

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Thursday, June 23

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST

How Minds Change: Stories to Reflect Society's Climate Awakening

​Discover the power of psychology in storytelling to accelerate climate action, capture the zeitgeist of change, and reflect the reality of a world in transition. In this session presented by Rare and Netflix, behavioral scientists, screenwriters, and creative executives share cutting-edge research and best practices for the portrayal of climate-friendly behaviors and attitudes within story framing, characters, and plots.

 

Presented by:
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climate story Pitch game

In this interactive, facilitator-led breakout session, participants working in groups of 5 will be given a story prompt to create a climate-friendly scene for a film or TV project, incorporating the lessons and best practices from Rare & Netflix's 1-hour “How Minds Change” workshop.

FEATURING

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Carmiel Banasky

Carmiel Banasky is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist who recently made the leap into television, staffing on the Amazon series, UNDONE. She is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop, which Publisher's Weekly calls a "tour de force," and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, LA Review of Books, Glimmer Train, The Rumpus, and NPR, among other places. She specializes in climate sci-fi and fantasy in the TV and podcasts spaces -- she is currently adapting a feminist cli-fi fantasy novel, FROST AND THORN, and she is showrunning a climate sci-fi podcast at Wondery. She is the head writer of the Good Energy Playbook, a foundational guide for screenwriters in the age of climate change. She has spent time on a ship in the Arctic, studying and writing about climate change, and she once tried her damndest to open a Planned Parenthood in Mississippi.

 Carmiel Banasky

TV Writer & Novelist

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Karen Toliver

As Vice President of Animated Film for Netflix, Karen Toliver is responsible for the creative supervision of a number of upcoming features for the company, from inception to script, and through production. Those include Henry Selick and Jordan Peele’s Wendell & Wild, Lynn Wang & Jared Hess’ Thelma the Unicorn, Alyce Tzue’s Steps from Amy Poehler's Paper Kite Productions, as well as Frank Abney and Michael Francis Williams’ Tunga.

Toliver is also the producer of the Academy Award®-winning animated short film, ""Hair Love,"" directed by Matthew A. Cherry.

Karen Toliver

Vice President,

Animation Film at Netflix

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Anirudh Tiwathia

Dr. Anirudh Tiwathia is a behavioral scientist and public policy expert who works on the design and evaluation of behavioral interventions to encourage climate action. At Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment, he specializes in the use of mass-media and entertainment to influence climate beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. In previous work, he examined the psychological underpinnings of liberal democracy and the antecedents of voluntary compliance. Anirudh has also worked for tech start-ups and in intergovernmental organizations like UNDP and UNICEF. He holds an MBA and PhD (Behavioral Policy) from the Booth School of Business; an MA (Public Policy) and a PhD (Cognitive Psychology) from the University of Chicago; and a BA (Cognitive Science) from Vassar College.

Anirudh Tiwathia

Behavioral Scientist at Rare

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Ellis Watamanuk

Ellis Watamanuk is a media impact producer and strategist working at the intersection of storytelling and climate action. He’s worked on campaigns for Blackfish, Paris to Pittsburgh, Other Side of the Hill, and more. In addition to his work in climate, he has led impact campaigns for films like Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, We the Animals, and A Thousand Cuts, and distributed films including The Miseducation of Cameron Post. As the Sr. Director of Entertainment at Rare, he brings the organization’s behavioral science expertise to the entertainment industry, leveraging the power of storytelling to create new cultural norms around climate.

Ellis Watamanuk

Sr. Director,

Entertainment at Rare

rare facilitators

Sania Ashraf

Applied Research Center

Natalia Paine

Senior Program Marketing Manager of Climate Culture

Rakhim Rakhimov

Behavioral Research Senior Associate

Anirudh Tiwathia

Behavioral Scientist

Erik Thulin

Director of Behavioral Science

Ellis Watamuk

Sr. Director

Katie Williamson

Manager of Learning & Tools

writer facilitators

Julie Bergman

Founder, Here Now Films

Marcos Gonzalez

Writer & Actor

Julia Jackson

Founder, Grounded

Emily Lyon

Writer & Actor

Leigh Medeiros

Author, Story Editor, Creativity Coach

Maya Penn

Environmental Activist, Founder, Animator

Mfoniso Udofia

Co-Executive Producer

Ellis Watamanuk

Senior Director,

Entertainment at Rare

Ellis Watamanuk is a media impact producer and strategist working at the intersection of storytelling and climate action. He’s worked on campaigns for Blackfish, Paris to Pittsburgh, Other Side of the Hill, and more. In addition to his work in climate, he has led impact campaigns for films like Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, We the Animals, and A Thousand Cuts, and distributed films including The Miseducation of Cameron Post. As the Sr. Director of Entertainment at Rare, he brings the organization’s behavioral science expertise to the entertainment industry, leveraging the power of storytelling to create new cultural norms around climate.

Karen Toliver

Vice President,

Animation Film at Netflix

"As Vice President of Animated Film for Netflix, Karen Toliver is responsible for the creative supervision of a number of upcoming features for the company, from inception to script, and through production. Those include Henry Selick and Jordan Peele’s Wendell & Wild, Lynn Wang & Jared Hess’ Thelma the Unicorn, Alyce Tzue’s Steps from Amy Poehler's Paper Kite Productions, as well as Frank Abney and Michael Francis Williams’ Tunga.

Toliver is also the producer of the Academy Award®-winning animated short film, ""Hair Love,"" directed by Matthew A. Cherry.

Toliver has extensive experience in production and development, including 5 years at Sony Pictures Animation where she was in charge of recruiting key storytelling talent, and discovering and acquiring new creative material and intellectual property; as well as 10 years at Fox Animation where she supervised the production of the ""Rio"" film franchise and the latest three films in the ""Ice Age"" series, which grossed a combined $3.1 billion at the worldwide box office. Toliver also spearheaded the original feature ""Ferdinand,"" which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.

Toliver served as a production executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios on films such as ""Brother Bear,"" ""Chicken Little,"" and ""Meet the Robinsons.""

Toliver began her career as an assistant at Walt Disney Pictures. "

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