We talk about the weather all the time, to both strangers and family, at formal settings or in the street. There isn’t a central narrative about weather, but when we talk about the climate, impending destruction, costs, environmental degradation, droughts, floods, fires and carbon counts form a dominant narrative. It’s enough to get you down. Strange Weather engages people in a conversation rather than preaching at them. It involves work that propels audiences to consider their own relationship with changing weather, and it encourages thoughtful reflection as opposed to guilt or powerlessness.
In 2014, the Center for Research on Environmental Decision Making (CRED) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and ecoAmerica release a Guide to the Psychology of Climate Change Communications.
In conjunction with that release, CoClimate is producing a set of a map & cards for diving deeper into diverse perspective and worldviews, developing climate change communications strategies, and overcoming common obstacles.
Ecosystem Service Design
Connecting biological populations and ecosystem processes with the discipline of interaction design, the Ecosystem Service Design program imagines and prototypes new connections between humans, technology, and the natural environment. Participants emerge with specific environmental opportunities and challenges and a set of practical perspectives for conducting design research with non-human clients in order to identify their unmet needs and desires.
In 2015, we begin the process of exploring how climate change will reshape our lives and livelihoods over the next quarter century. By focusing on emerging behaviors, rare practices, unique habits, skills, and styles, we will identify new ways that workers, experiencers, and makers are re-shaping their technologies and their environment to prepare for and anticipate climate change.