Buenos Aires Resiliente

Buenos Aires Resiliente

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.”

Colorado as a complex system

Colorado as a complex system

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.

Lifeline interdependencies

Lifeline interdependencies

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.

MIT Solve finalists

MIT Solve finalists

Aug. 17, 2018 - MIT Solve chose us as finalists for their Coastal Communities Global Challenge. Bellwether, together with Joyce Coffee, proposed an AI-backed approach to resilient coastal infrastructure planning - complete with cartoons!

Highlights

Highlights

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! 

Data Rescue

Data Rescue

Save the data! Bellwether is working with DataRefuge to protect federal environmental datasets. Grid magazine features Ted in its article about the professors, hackers, and librarians banding together at guerrilla archiving events for the love of facts. 

 

Discovery Lab

Discovery Lab

Many thanks to creative design agency Radish Lab for choosing Bellwether for their Discovery Lab workshop last month! Radish designers and strategists lent their eyes and very good brains to help us build a better Elephant

Partnerships for Community Science

Partnerships for Community Science

American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange, in association with Amazon Web Services, has awarded Ted $15,000 of on-demand cloud services to develop scalable tools to access, analyze, and interpret downscaled climate projections for agricultural and pastoral communities, beginning with the Lakota and Dakota people in the northern Great Plains. 

He'll talk about the project today at the AGU fall meeting in San Francisco. 

 

Winners Workshop

Winners Workshop

Ted's proposal for an agricultural adaptation project in the Pamir Mountains won a competition at MIT's Climate CoLab! "The good balance between research and indigenous participation make this a strong proposal," one judge commented. "The team has included social science in the development... and with those elements, has a chance of success with the integration of the communities."

Ted and friend of Bellwether Cynthia Caron will be presenting at MIT's Crowds and Climate conference on October 6 in Cambridge, where he'll also be meeting with partners from Cornell, Clark, Florida State, and UMass Lowell to discuss fundraising and implementation details. A summary of the project is at https://youtu.be/aD98Gm6gbww.