“Out in the City” Activities – Exploring Alternative Ecosystems
The Assembly is designed to bring people together across many areas of expertise with the goal of exploring how we work together. The Friday afternoon activities provide hands-on, off-site opportunities to learn from each other, to make connections with people we may not meet otherwise, and to explore methodologies in an area of general interest that can then be applied to our own work. The work of the Friday afternoon groups was translated into posters for the Earth Day March for Science on Saturday the 22nd, and shared with the full Assembly on Saturday morning.
I. Exploring Catastrophe to Water through Science and Art
Organizers: Fredericka Foster, Randy Nichols, Deborah Paine and Sharon Mason
Assembly Co-leads: Bruce Aronow, Thea Norman and Gary Wolf
Sage Co-leads: James Eddy, Robert Allaway and Jay Hodgson
II. The power of engaging mindfulness in understanding who we are and who we want to become
This group will build on the theme of Stephen Friend’s opening address on Agency —increasing awareness of self to truly navigate the change we want in our health and elsewhere. To change paths by intention requires the ability to pause and take stock of who you are and who you want to be. This group will migrate to the Taoist Studies Institute in Seattle and split the time between contemplative exercises and exploring novel methods to gain the self-insights necessary to navigate the change we want in our lives.
Organizers: Harrison Moretz -Taoist Studies Institute/ Stephen Friend
Co-leads: Pat Arean, Chitra Krishnan, Jaykumar Menon, Parag Mankeekar
Sage Co-leads: Abhi Pratap, Thomas Yu and Ziming Dong
III. SEA CHANGE POETICS // CHALK TALK WALK
Welcome to Seattle. You are here to witness a historic period of population growth, major global economic influence, and the largest infrastructure projects in the Seattle’s young history. You are also a guest of a sanctuary city, and the recent formation of a city-state in opposition to the dysfunctional executive branch of the United States.
As citizens, scientists and visionaries, we will focus our discussions and efforts on climate change, and its effects locally and globally. Seattle’s new seawall and the soon to be demolished Alaskan Way Viaduct will be our desire line.
Your poetics, polemics and observation will be lettered with railroad chalk (provided) on any number of the hundreds of large columns supporting the viaduct that soon will be demolished. Written in ephemeral chalk, the message will be captured on your iPhone and disseminated through social media as well as presented at the final gathering of the Assembly and the Earth Day March Saturday afternoon.
We will have a tote bag that is to double as a sand bag to raise the seawall if our message goes unheeded. Explore sea change poetics-chalk talk walk 2017-0412 for a more detailed description.
Organizer: Buster Simpson
Assembly Co-leads: Nicole Deflaux, Aled Edwards
Sage Co-leads: Kenny Daily, Xindi Guo, Nasim Sanati and David Lahti
IV. Political Activism
This group will explore how political activism can work in today’s information ecosystem, and how research intersects with activism in the contemporary epistemic crisis of what is “true” or “fake.” We will explore interaction strategies, information design, and translate the work to posters to be printed for the March on Science after the final day of the Assembly concludes. Please note, you are not expected to bring political expertise to the table.
Organizer: John Wilbanks
Co-leads: Jasper Bovenberg, Deb Estrin, Geoffrey Siwo
Sage Co-leads: Brian White, Sarah Moore and Ben Logsden
V. Social Entrepreneurship
This group will explore examples of where viable organizations have been built around a desire to have social impact. We will discuss how these businesses were started, what makes them successful and what lessons they provide for the rest of us in science and elsewhere.
Organizers: Gaell Mainguy and Brian Bot
Assembly Co-leads: Kathy Hudson, Akpeli Nordor, Laura Van’t Veer
Sage Co-leads: Michael Mason, Yooree Chae and Thanneer Perumal