Social impact agency Propper Daley has launched the Unreasonable Fellowship, an initiative for aspiring television writers who want to write stories that address important social issues and create meaningful change, with its annual TV makers’ gathering “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation.” stimulate in the media.
In collaboration with philanthropic organization Quadrivium, the inaugural Unreasonable Fellowship will focus on climate change, with the ultimate goal of shifting the media narrative away from dystopian climate futures to ones that inspire realistic and optimistic solutions.
With a total grant pool of $125,000 distributed to 10 to 12 selected authors, the pilot program invites its grantees to engage with climate issue experts, funders, and activists through a series of conversations and workshops to support their ongoing efforts Support writing projects. Each fellow will receive a stipend of approximately $7,500 each, as well as a separate budget of $1,500 to organize small meetings for their colleagues within the program.
“This fellowship is an opportunity to move away from the dark dystopian narratives that portray climate issues in the media and instead focus on the better, more attainable future that people across the country are actively fighting for,” said Quadrivium co-founder and President Kathryn Murdoch. “The creative community has the power to reshape history and help us imagine a more sustainable future, one characterized by a mindset of abundance rather than one of scarcity. By bringing these key actors together, we can create networks and develop new strategies to support narrative and social change.”
Founded by Propper Daley, A Day of Unreasonable Conversation is an annual gathering of television writers, producers, executives, activists and others designed to encourage the exchange of new ideas and perspectives in media. Through the power of storytelling on television, A Day of Unreasonable Conversation strives to inspire more nuanced conversations about the world’s greatest challenges and opportunities.
This year’s event, “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation,” has been postponed due to the writers’ strike and is scheduled to take place again in March 2024. Last year’s event featured a star-studded series of industry conversations between the likes of Kim Kardashian, Uzo Aduba, Chrissy Teigen and BJ Novak. The scholarship was also approved by the Writers Guild of America.
The Inappropriate scholarship application is now open and scholarship recipients must be selected by October 15th.