Bellwether created a web app to help service providers in the resilience ecosystem work better together. The Resilience Navigator was a Climate Resilience Fund project with NOAA’s Climate Program Office and Climate Access. A dynamic relationship-mapping tool that helps track the rapidly evolving climate resilience field, the Resilience Navigator can be used to search for organizations, projects, and resources, and to identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration.
Colombia’s truck fleet is aging, with huge consequences for greenhouse gas emissions and road safety. But the problem is complex - many direct interventions could just end up making it worse. Bellwether worked the Ministry of Transport in Colombia to map the interacting causes and effects of different policies and identify systemic solutions.
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The goal of water equity in South Africa can’t be achieved by water policy managers alone. Agriculture, employment, population growth - so many parts of the system are outside of their control, but directly affect their outcomes. Sandile Ngcamphalala at the University of Cape Town, supported by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, is using the Elephant Builder to analyze the complexities of water policy management and broaden participation across sectors.
Nov. 15, 2018 - Bellwether presented the Elephant Builder at a Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation workshop - part of Arup’s The Resilience Shift initiative - at the Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Community of Practice conference in New Orleans.
Sept. 28, 2018 - It was a joy to work with Pacífico on Buenos Aires’ 100 Resilient Cities resilience-strategy development. They used the Elephant Builder as a tool for community engagement in a series of workshops on infrastructure and environment, transportation and housing, disaster preparedness, and jobs and education. According to Pacifico, the Elephant Builder “helped us make sense of complex and dynamic systems, understand its interdependencies, and see the ripple effects. System mapping allowed for an interdisciplinary conversation and, most importantly, generated an outcome of much more focused and realistic ideas for new initiatives.”
Sept. 25, 2018 - The Office of Emergency Management in Larimer County, Colorado kicked off their elephant building with a Bellwether workshop. They’re bringing systems thinking to their resilience-planning efforts across six sectors - infrastructure, housing, economic, community, health and social, and watersheds and natural resources - to help identify co-benefits and explore cross-sector solutions.
Aug. 27, 2018 - Bellwether contributed to California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment as part of Susi Moser and Juliette Finzi Hart’s report on “The Adaptation Blindspot: Teleconnected and Cascading Impacts of Climate Change on the Electrical Grid and Lifelines in Los Angeles.” With experts from the energy, transportation, communications, emergency management, health services, and public health sectors, Jessica mapped interdependencies among critical lifelines and looked at the many ways in which climate impacts can cascade through these connections. The process helped facilitate cross-sector collaboration and identify system-level vulnerabilities.
What have we been up to? We ran all over the greater Los Angeles area to model critical lifeline interdependencies with Susi Moser and Juliette Finzi Hart. We crowd-sourced a map of the effects of extreme heat at Climate Day LA. We participated in Resilience Dialogues with community leaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut. And we built a better Elephant - new-features news coming soon!