Project Ariel

A deep foundation for climate stability

The Dalio Foundation and filmmakers Paul Dalio and Kristina Nikolova want to understand how to invest in and make narrative media that get beyond the polarities of the climate change debate, in order to establish a deep foundation for climate stability within our culture’s collective psyche. We're helping them map the current state of that psyche—and media's role in shaping it—with regard to climate change and, more fundamentally, alienation from nature. Our approach blends media analysis, social listening, social network analysis, cultural analysis and surveys, with input from experts in climate science, and its communication, decision science, and related fields. Project outputs will shape media projects, currently in development, and the design of the Foundation’s climate program and media investment strategy.