Register now for Ontario Climate symposium

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Monday, September 17, 2018

OCAD University is hosting the 2018 Ontario Climate Change Consortium symposium on October 11 and 12. The symposium will explore how the development of positive, innovative, interdisciplinary visions can facilitate a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in cities.

The two-day event is open to all, with students receiving a discounted rate. Come participate in a wide range of activities including a neighbourhood tour, short films, interactive presentations, a guided tour of the AGO’s Anthropocene exhibition, workshops and other activities. OCAD U Associate Professors Selmin Kara and Alia Weston are among faculty speaking or leading workshops.

Programming aims to foster a collective discussion on urban landscapes and highlight the interconnection of policy, public health, urban planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation and urban growth.

Register online for this exciting and informative event.

Established in 2011, the OCC works collaboratively with university researchers and partners from the public, private and NGO sectors on projects aimed at answering specific questions related to climate change and creating the intelligence necessary to address climate risk. Its formal mission: To arm decision makers with “regionally-specific climate data, intelligence and adaptation services that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate uncertainty in Ontario.”

 

Call for proposals: OCAD U hosts Ontario Climate Symposium

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Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

OCADU is pleased to announce that it will be hosting this year’s Ontario Climate Symposium: Adaptive Urban Habitats through Ecological Design. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities. We are currently accepting innovative papers and multidisciplinary proposals and visions that highlight a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in urban cities.

Non-traditional styles of research/concept presentations will be prioritized. These include, but are not limited to, exhibitions or installations, short films and documentary screenings, themed sessions/panels, art and digital media, workshops/interactive sessions, and posters. For more information email jenessa.doherty@trca.on.ca All proposals will be reviewed by the Symposium organizing committee with decisions made by May 11th, 2018..

For more information on submissions, visit Climate Connections website

 

 

 

 

Website: 
https://climateconnections.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Call-for-Proposal-FINAL.pdf
Email: 
jenessa.doherty@trca.on.ca

Call for Proposals – Envisioning the Urban: Adaptive Habitats through Ecological Design

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) and OCAD University are pleased to host the 6th Ontario Climate Symposium. This year’s Symposium aims to generate important discussions surrounding the role that art and design can play in developing adaptive, low carbon cities. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities.

We wish to encourage the development of positive, innovative, interdisciplinary visions that foster a transformative cultural shift toward low carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in urban cities. We hope such visions will bring to life and highlight the interconnection of urban planning and development, urban ecology, landscape design, art and culture, land use policy, public health, climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The Ontario Climate Symposium is an interdisciplinary event. As such, we welcome a variety of innovative and multidisciplinary research proposals and visions. However, non-traditional styles of research/concept presentations will be prioritized. These include, but are not limited to, exhibitions or installations, short films and documentary screenings, themed sessions/panels, art and digital media, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, presentations, and tour ideas that express or examine the Symposium theme(s) described above.

Full information is in the call for proposals below.

Website: 
https://www.ocadu.ca/academics/faculty-of-las-and-sis.htm
Email: 
folas@ocadu.ca
Call for proposals

Synthesizing and Visualizing Climate Vulnerability Assessments Data for the Region of Peel

The Peel Climate Alliance needed to synthesize multiple data-rich climate change vulnerability assessments and present the result to the region’s council for resources allocation and prioritization. The members of the Alliance had several competing priorities and too many messages, resulting in inefficient communication with decision makers.

By taking Alliance members through the Megamap process we were able to agree on prioritization criteria, identify the target decision makers and their profiles, distil messaging, and visualize relevant data in a large Megamap to be presented to various decision makers.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

  • Establish criteria for prioritization among the diverse members of the Alliance
  • Streamline the communications process between expert departments and decision makers
  • Visualize pertinent data for decision support

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

To achieve project objectives we began by taking participants through a foresight workshop in order to communicate possible features and use such foresight as basis for negotiating common prioritization criteria.

Working with a joint team of the Alliance and rLab, we identified the critical target audiences and their characteristics. We then put the key messages proposed by each member of the Alliance through an evaluation process and facilitated a reduction in the number of messages. This process resulted in a few strategically important messages which satisfied all members.

We then visualized pertinent data in a large synthesizing Megamap, including the profiles of the target audiences, the agreed-upon key messages, and the rich data collected by the member organizations.

 

This Project was implemented as usual with a joint team including members from rLab and all Alliance members.

Creator: 
Image of the Peel Region mega map created by the rLab and Alliance members
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 10:45am
http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2662/
Lab Member: 
Nabil Harfoush

Open Forum: Change is the Challenge, Climate is the Problem

Open Forum
Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Accept the climate challenge. See how focused you and your friends are. This workshop is based on an 'open space' structure where you set the agenda and ask the questions. You also supply the answers.

David Buckland, director of the Cape Farewell project and one of the authors of the now famous 'Tipping Point' conferences in Oxford, will run this workshop and tackle this all-important subject. Contribute your voice. Consider solutions. It's guaranteed to be fun.
All are welcome.

Venue & Address: 
Open Studio, 6th Floor, Sharp Centre for Design 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Design With Dialogue

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 10:00pm to Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 1:00am

The Experience of Climate Change at the Intersection of Art & Neuroscience

How do we experience climate change? How does the nature of our experience influence our ability to take action? How might insights from art & neuroscience inform our leadership on the issue? 

Join us for March's DwD  with hosts Ross Curtner and Scott Baker of Adjacent Possibilities. Set to the back drop of international climate negotiations, we will explore the physiological and civic experiences of climate change. From here, we deploy insights at the intersection of art and neuroscience to imagine alternatives. Drawing inspiration from systems thinking and game design methodology, the session will provide participants the opportunity to prototype the mechanics, dynamics and aesthetics of renewed relationship with this complex issue.

Insights generated from this workshop will be used to inform the design of Adjacent Possibilities' next exhibition at the Cop21 climate negotiations in Paris, November 2015.

About The Hosts
At heart, Ross Curtner is a facilitator, curator and purveyor of purposeful play. Putting these passions to work he’s lead strategic planning retreats for cleantech investment and business development groups, designed leadership experiences for arts foundations, consulted for government and recently, co-founded Adjacent Possibilities, an agency which connects artists and entrepreneurs to enable new approaches to complex challenges. An alumni of MaRS’ Studio Y Fellowship, he previously worked at The Stop and Community Food Centres Canada. When he’s not scheming of creative ways to address big issues, you can find Ross exploring Toronto’s forests with the PINE Project. @RossCurtner

Scott Baker was raised on wind-licked west-coast of Vancouver Island and has since been working at the intersection of climate policy and civic engagement with the Canadian and European Green Parties, Leadnow, and Tides Canada. Currently Scott is a StudioY Fellow at MaRS Discovery District and the co-founder of Adjacent Possibilities. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Lambert Lounge, Room 187
Website: 
http://Register on Eventbrite

Design with Dialogue

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:00pm to Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:00am

Bridging Polar(ized) Perspectives: Enabling a Productive Dialogue on Climate Change

For February's DwD, join host Sheila Murray as we explore how we can have conversations on polarizing topics.

SESSION OUTLINE
How do we have productive conversations about climate change with people
whose views are different from our own? Can conducting the climate change
conversation at a local community level help to forward the national dialogue?

For some of us the implications of climate change are so urgent that they demand
immediate action. For others of us, global warming produces a wide range of
responses including apathy, guilt, fear, boredom or vigorous opposition. How do
we restart a conversation that has become so polarized?

If you work on climate change issues as a campaigner, business leader, politician
or community organizer, or if you just want to be able to convince cousin Kirsten
that climate change is relevant to her life – then this session should interest you.

We’ll start by identifying our own values and principles concerning climate
change and discover how the language we use can distance others. Then we’ll
explore some of the barriers to communication and how to counter them. Next,
we’ll look at a variety of strategies for effective climate change communication
that invite everyone to have a stake in the outcomes. Finally we’ll explore the
potential of a proposed mapping tool that might encourage even the reluctant to
participate.

ABOUT THE HOST
Sheila Murray is a writer, documentary filmmaker and communications specialist.
She has an MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies where her research focused on climate change migrants. Sheila believes that climate change can be a catalyst for significant social and cultural change. Her communications model encourages individuals to engage in small-group dialogue about climate change with people like themselves. As they engage they will connect with others who are already working on numerous climate change issues and solutions and may even become part of a civic community that supports those actions.

Venue & Address: 
The Moment Studio, Suite 407 130 Spadina Avenue Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://bit.ly/1hJgdRN
Email: 
<p><a href="mailto:pjones@ocadu.ca">pjones@ocadu.ca</a></p>
Cost: 
RSVP