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Very creative and informative project that can help people really understand the devastating effect of climate change if left unchecked, in their own backyard. I like the personal approach here and focus on showing people what will happen to the places they live. The temporary nature of this project for each city is concerning. Is a week enough time to get the number of people needed to visit the space and get the data needed for the long term phases? Also wondering how these spaces can be used to spur people to take meaningful action right then and there (aside from donating) could there be a direct advocacy action that would enable people to send a message directly to their representatives in Congress? In addition to providing the data to community and regional planners, would be great to submit this information directly to local, state and federal elected officials so they can better understand how their constituents are affected by climate change, and what their attitudes towards climate solutions and policy are.
Similar to the Climaure proposal, the installations could help increase public awareness of climate impacts and how to prepare.
Climate Stories is a mobile, interactive community hub that cultivates grassroots support for climate adaptation planning. A multi-sensory exploration of what the world could be like in 200 years Decent idea, perfect for a museum or municipal installation. Fellow judge Miranda Massie will have good suggestions on this. Does she think the $100k pricetag is feasible, given her fundraising experiences for the Climate Museum? “Our organization, Urban Fabrick, develops, designs and fabricates the Climate Stories platform.” What else do we know about Urban Fabrick? Team, work, etc. Timeline feels way too long.
This is a clear and compelling proposal. I like the interactive design of the trailers, and the specific cities that will be targeted. The costs seem reasonable for the scale proposed. My main critiques are related to the proposed timeline and scalability. I would like to see the impact timeframe moved up. With resources, it seems feasible for this concept to be realized much more quickly than the timeframe described. I would also like the scalability to be addressed. How could this become more cost effective once the initial targets have been met in order to scale to more geographies?
This is a great project. Immersive, narrative, concrete learning; an emphasis on participation and co-creation; recognition of the need to go where the audience is; and other elements make this idea strong. More emphasis on integrating mitigation information would make the submission stronger in my view, and the information on polls of scientists and the US public should be corrected/updated (these are obstructive errors in this context), but great work.
This is a very creative approach to raise awareness. Preferably, it would be great the project allows/have the participant take immediate climate actions (e.g. sustainable consumption, donation, shifting their saving to a more responsible bank) because the collective actions are one of the major challenges for climate change.
Nov 2, 2017
First off, many thanks to all the judges who evaluated the Climate Stories project. We appreciate your time and insight. Our responses and revisions to your comments are below:
1. What else do we know about Urban Fabrick? Team, work, etc.
Our organization, Urban Fabrick, develops the Climate Stories platform in conjunction with Shiftworks. Urban Fabrick is a sustainable design consulting and communications firm, while Shiftworks is an organization dedicated to building climate action through storytelling and design. Both Urban Fabrick and Shiftworks are run and staffed by design professionals, with years of experience developing and building dynamic projects, from high-rise buildings to interactive furniture.
This text can be found in the project entry in the What actions do you propose? Refine the prototype section.
2. I would also like the scalability to be addressed. How could this become more cost effective once the initial targets have been met in order to scale to more geographies?
To encourage greater use of the Climate Stories tool across more geographies, we will develop a Climate Stories toolkit. Once initial targets with the United States (our initial focus country) have been addressed, we will create open source resources where communities from different locations can download the tools to create their own Climate Stories center, to engage their own neighbors and constituents in proactive, multi-sensory climate action.
This text can be found in the project entry in the What actions do you propose: Spread the Tool section.
We have re-assessed the project budget based on increased efficiencies within our organizational management. The revised budget also addresses aspects of project scalability & cost-effectiveness.
Total costs for this project are $68,220. Costs to bring Climate Stories to all 7 initial cities (Houston, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Tallahassee Florida; Charlotte, South Carolina; Macon, Georgia; Rolla, Missouri; Bozeman, Montana) are $58,220. Costs for the 1st installation are $21,320. Each subsequent installation is $6,150 (can be less if travel distances are short).
The Climate Stories trailer costs $15,170. This includes the trailer itself, the cost of which covers design & fabrication services, materials (plywood, sheet glass, etc), audio equipment & space rental for fabrication. Interactive objects have already been fabricated & are not included in cost. Costs for images, pamphlets & books are $1750 for each site. Each one week installation costs $3000 for time, travel, lodging, food & community engagement work for Climate Stories operators. Before installation, each location requires 40 hours of planning, permitting & programming work, totaling $1400 for each site visited.
Again, to encourage greater use of the Climate Stories tool across more geographies, we will develop a Climate Stories toolkit. Funds needed to develop the toolkit are $10,000.
This text can be found in the project entry in the What are the proposal’s projected costs? section.
3. Timeline feels way too long / I would like to see the impact timeframe moved up.
The Climate Stories timeline has been contracted. The earlier timeline was kept long due to misunderstanding from the question prompt in the online interfaces which suggests that timelines are pre-determined. The revised timeline is below.
Short term (1-2 Years) Secure funding. Proceed with design development, refinement and deployment. Identify governing bodies and communities within target cities to partner for deployment. Deploy in seven initial target cities, inviting all users to take direct climate actions and join the Climate Stories action network, through which they can connect to local adaptation organizations, national action campaigns, planning initiatives and donation opportunities, and learn more about mitigation tools. Facilitate use of collected data in local, regional and national adaptation efforts and campaigns.
Medium term (3-7 years): Deploy Climate Stories over increasingly wide-ranging areas over next five years. Create and disseminate Climate Stories toolkit. Refine design accordingly and incorporate more virtual reality and augmented reality experiences where appropriate. Collaborate with climate change related film projects and festivals to introduce Climate Stories to more communities and increase the impact of media projects looking to introduce effective climate action initiatives to their work. Continue to build Climate Stories action network, through which participants can learn more about refinements in mitigation tools and action initiatives in which they can get involved. Facilitate use of collected data in local, regional and national adaptation efforts and campaigns, particularly in improvements to climate communication methodologies. Explore options for using Climate Stories in international areas by refining the toolkit and partnering with local community groups.
Long term (8-15 years): Decommission Climate Stories but continue using data collected. Conduct in-depth analysis on collected data on public climate change perceptions, assessing cultural differences in attitudes towards risk and perceived vulnerability. Coordinate between participating governing bodies where necessary. Expand planning efforts using gathered data.
Longer term (15-50 years): Continue cultivating decentralized community resilience planning efforts.
This text can be found in the project entry in the Timeline section.
4. More emphasis on integrating mitigation information would make the submission stronger in my view / it would be great the project allows/have the participant take immediate climate actions
Summary section: All are invited to take immediate climate actions, such as donating to mitigation movements, shifting savings to more responsible banking systems & connecting to local planning organizations. Everyone is connected to the Climate Stories network to receive updates on climate adaptation news & opportunities.
This text can be found in the project entry in the Summary section.
Before leaving, participants are invited to take immediate climate actions, from donating to existing adaptation and mitigation movements, tips and instructions on shifting savings to more responsible banking and investments systems, and/or connecting to local planning organizations and individuals to continue the Climate Stories experience after they leave. Everyone is connected to the Climate Stories network, where they can receive updates on climate adaptation news and initiatives, and receive weekly newsletters on actions they can take in their own communities.
This text can be found in the project entry in the What actions do you propose? Install Climate Stories module in new site? section.