Katherine Bagley of Pulitzer Prize-winning web news site InsideClimate News has been closely watching the changing dialogue on climate in New York and around the nation. AdaptNY reporter Matt Surrusco recently spoke with Bagley, co-author of the e-book “Bloomberg’s Hidden Legacy: Climate Change and the Future of New York City.” She spoke about what New Yorkers can, and perhaps should expect, from new Mayor Bill de Blasio when it comes to climate policy and the need to adapt to climate risks. She also addressed why she thinks states aren’t collaborating much on resiliency planning, and how the media has changed the way it talks about climate risks. The edited interview, along with select audio quotes, follows.
Can New York be made more resilient to the risks of climate change with pipe cleaners, markers and sticky notes? That’s what a diverse group of several dozen journalists, climate specialists, community organizers and product design experts set out to discover at a creative brainstorming workshop organized by AdaptNY.
Using the principles of human-centered design – and some of those imagination-sparking tools – participants worked in teams throughout the day-long gathering to answer a central question: How might we inspire our community to get more involved in climate resilience solutions?
The workshop featured a power panel of top-flight climate experts from the worlds of media, science, government and environmental advocacy, addressing the problems of adapting to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather. Then throughout the day, usability experts and coaches guided participants through a process of understanding what their users need, brainstorming solutions, prototyping projects and then sharing them for feedback from other workshop attendees.
Learn how the teams answered the adaptation challenge, and the unique process by which they developed those ideas, in our special report on the workshop.
- Follow our live coverage of the day, with live blogging, images and video
- Hear from climate experts on the coming risks and need for adaptation. View videos and read a transcript.
- Watch an exclusive interview with the New York City councilman who chairs a new resilience committee
- Learn more about the design thinking process and human-centered design
- Get summaries of a half-dozen solutions to the adaptation problem, with videos and images of team efforts.
One of the key takeaways from AdaptNY‘s Feb. 22 climate resilience workshop was not just the use of human-centered design for resiliency solutions, but the resiliency solutions the workshop teams themselves brainstormed.
From art murals to street fairs, mobile resilience trucks to children’s education programs, quizzes to TV shows, each of the half-dozen teams that day produced some imaginative and worthwhile results.
We’ve collected material on each project for your perusal – including a video overview, a brief project description and team summary, and live coverage from the day of the workshop itself.
We’d also love to know what you think about any of the projects, so please comment and we’ll share your thoughts more widely.
Here’s a guide to each proposed project:
Think “home makeovers” meet “climate resilience.” That’s what one AdaptNY resilience workshop team decided was the best way to get its target audience of homeowners interested in improving climate resilience in high-risk flood zones. Tapping into the world of television, the team’s brainstorm result – a new TV show, “Resilient Renovations.” Here’s how the project came together, with a team summary below. Plus, watch the video above with a team member describing the idea. (Video by Nesh Pillay)
Art has long been used as a means to express innovative ideas and to call for action. With its “Watch The Water Line” art project, this AdaptNY resilience workshop team hopes a showcase of art murals illustrating previous storm damage and rising sea levels can galvanize residents and business owners in Southern Brooklyn behind climate resiliency. Here’s how the project came together, with a team summary below. Plus, watch the video above with a team member describing the idea. (Video by Nesh Pillay)
Who says climate resilience can’t be fun? Not the AdaptNY resilience workshop team that came up with the idea of staging a “Climate Olympics.” The hope is that hosting a slate of activities will test local residents’ skills in things such as making first-aid kits and preparing for storms, making local residents better prepared for climate risks, and more aware of climate resilience. Here’s how the project came together, with a team summary below. Plus, watch the video above with a team member describing the idea. (Video by Nesh Pillay)
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Climate resilience isn’t a responsibility limited to government. Understanding this, one AdaptNY resilience workshop team proposed “Buddy Up.” The project shifts the emphasis to community residents to help each other become climate resilient, pairing citizens with elderly or disabled neighbors to keep each other safe from the next storm. Here’s how the project came together, with a team summary below. Plus, watch the video above with a team member describing the idea. (Video by Nesh Pillay)
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What is the price of preparing for climate change? That’s what one AdaptNY resilience workshop team was looking to answer when prototyping its “Cost of Mother Nature” quiz, which would try to determine how geographical location and potential weather threats affect local residents’ financial standing. Here’s how the project came together, with a team summary below. Plus, watch the video above with a team member describing the idea. (Video by Nesh Pillay)
If kids are our future, a project proposed by one AdaptNY resilience workshop team hopes to educate youth on what it means to be resilient. The “Resilient Willow Project” would let kids articulate and share their own experience with climate change through art, literature, and music, encouraging parents and children can work together build a more resilient society. Here’s how the project came together, with a team summary below. Plus, watch the video above with a team member describing the idea. (Video by Nesh Pillay)