Webinar: Strategies for Coastal Resilience

More severe storms and rising seas will inexorably push the American coastline inland, leading to profound impacts on communities, infrastructure and natural systems. How can we prepare for these changes? What kinds of adaptations are going to be required? What tools are available to planners, coastal managers, and developers to protect vulnerable areas?

Webinar: Harnessing and Measuring the Creative Potential of Social Design

Businesses, governments, foundations and the social sector are investing millions of dollars in social design as the most promising methodology for solving the complex human challenges of our time. In this webinar, Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair of the Design for Social Innovation MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and President of the design lab CommonWise, along with Anne LaFond, Director of the John Snow, Inc. Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation (CHIME), present an overview of what Social Design is and how it works.

Webinar: Resilience for All with Barbara Brown Wilson and ioby

In this webinar presentation, in association with Barbara Brown Wilson and ioby, we explore community driven design through two ioby projects. The first project is in Detroit and the takes place in Memphis. The catalysist for the projects, along with project leaders from ioby, are featured in the presentation. Author of Resilience for All, Barbara Brown Wilson, presents on the idea of community-driven design and then moderates the discussion. Panelists include:

Webinar: Resilient by Design

Resilience-the capacity to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of change-is a characteristic of all living systems. Human communities are remarkably resilient as is proven when a city can completely rebuild after catastrophic events. In contrast, engineered systems such as machines and structures are generally more "brittle" and prone to failure.

Twenty Years of Life

In the book, Twenty Years of Life , author Suzanne Bohan explores the disturbing flip side of the “American dream”: your health is largely determined by your zip code. The strain of living in a neighborhood with sub-par schools, lack of parks, fear of violence, few to no healthy food options, and the stress of unpaid bills is literally taking years off people’s lives.

From beavers to bettongs

Re-engaging nature’s ecosystem engineers In the gloomy pall of the advancing Anthropocene, it’s nice to hear good news now and again on the environmental front. And such is the case with the release of beaver families back in the wild in the UK.