Closing Plenary: Current Events Urban Resilience

A Ticco Virtual Conference Event
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 12:00pm EDT

At our Closing Plenary, Jes McBride dove into the concept of Pattern Language - a method for food planning and distribution among human-scale communities. Vital to urban resilience and food security, this approach requires planners to take on the role of observer, supporter, and connector by working with local entrepreneurs and leaders as they aim to meet the complex needs of a large population.

The initial presentation was followed by a presentation and closing remarks from Ticco CEO Katie Rispoli Keaotamai. In her presentation, our CEO examined the ways we have traditionally built cities and how that antiquated approach has put our communities at a particular disadvantage as we encounter the critical challenges that result from a changing climate. Looking forward, she outlined strategies that we all can take as city shapers to enhance collaboration, boost awareness of our work, and enhance quality of life for all residents.

Speaker: Jes McBride, Open Silo
Jes McBride is an urban planner, writer, and the Founder/Director of Open Silo, a non-profit supporting urban agriculture in Southern California. Raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California, Jes is interested in the intersection of food-growing, community, and cities. She holds a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA, where she served as a researcher on the Cultivate LA report on urban agriculture in Los Angeles County. Her writing has been featured in Good Magazine and APA Los Angeles. On a good day, you can find her riding her bike around Northeast LA or getting lost in a used book store.

Speaker: Katie Rispoli Keaotamai, TICCO
Katie Rispoli Keaotamai has spent the last eight years completing work that intersects with construction, sustainability, historic preservation, urban planning, and placemaking. Since founding Ticco in 2018 she has planned and executed the build and roll-out of Ticco’s model for professional retreats and an online networking platform. She oversees all of Ticco’s operations, marketing and outreach efforts, and coordinates partnerships with national organizations. When not running Ticco, Katie works as a freelance project manager specializing in building relocations and the rehabilitation of historic places. She earned her Master of Heritage Conservation degree from the School of Architecture and a certificate in Nonprofit Management & Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

This webinar was recorded on September 30, 2020 during Current Events - Urban Resilience, a virtual conference hosted by Ticco with support from Island Press. To learn more about this event visit For additional information about Ticco and events like this one visit