Network Meetings | Wednesday, August 29th, 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

In order to effectively mitigate, adapt and build resilience to climate change, we must work across jurisdictions and sectors to implement solutions collaboratively. From networking breaks and the hosted networking reception to the Adaptation Pub Trivia and more, the California Adaptation Forum offers an array of opportunities for participants to connect with adaptation practitioners from across the state, representing a diversity of sectors, disciplines, and regions.

The 2018 Forum will also feature a series network meetings to provide additional opportunities to facilitate connections and knowledge exchange!

From California and Beyond: A Gathering of Regional Collaboratives

Calling all regional climate collaboratives from across the state and nation! Join fellow collaborative managers and members to share progress updates, best practices, and resources for accelerating regional adaptation initiatives. Through a series of facilitated discussions, participants will also discuss opportunities to support emerging collaboratives, identify shared national priorities, and build mutual support to advance the broader resilience movement. The California-based Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation will provide welcoming remarks, and participants will hear from the Institute for Sustainable Communities on key findings from their national collaborative survey and Georgetown Climate Center on Regional Collaborative Forum updates. We hope that you can also join us for happy hour after the Forum to continue the conversation!

Equity in Resilience: Convening Environmental Justice Advocates and Allies

This networking meeting invites environmental justice advocates and policymakers and others who desire to learn more about becoming allies in advancing EJ principles for more equitable, resilient communities. While many state policies around resilience and adaptation are focused on disadvantaged communities (DACs), disadvantaged unincorporated communities (DUCs), and vulnerable communities, the individuals and groups that make up these communities are quite diverse. This networking opportunity aims to bring together diverse stakeholder groups around common interests. Organizers will offer small breakout groups to participate in facilitated discussions around emergent themes.

Resilience Dialogues Community Meeting

This will be an opportunity for past and prospective Resilience Dialogues participants to connect and learn from one another. Alumni communities will share how they’re building on their Resilience Dialogues experience and meeting participants will engage in a facilitated, outcome-oriented conversation about enhancing local community capacity for building climate resilience.

Art Cars, Games + Cotton Candy: Connecting People to Climate Risks

Resilient by Design asked a question – could we effectively engage Bay Area communities in a design process to develop innovative design solutions focused on resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and seismic risk? Design Teams worked with community organizations, local governments, and residents to develop design concepts in nine Bay Area communities. Along the way, they developed tools to creatively engage communities, and raise awareness about climate resilience. These brought collaboration to life as communities grappled with the complexities of planning for long-term impacts from sea level rise while balancing current challenges like transportation and housing. Come learn about the Resilient by Design projects and tools that teams have used to effectively raise awareness about climate change.

Place IT Climate Change Training

The Place It Climate Change Training will help participants reflect through their own personal narratives on how they can heal the earth. Behavioral change will lead to positive climate change! By using reflection and collaboration, we begin to understand our sense of belonging in the environment, resulting in increased empathy and a collaborative process. Communities take a holistic approach, or a deeper level of thinking, that restores the social, mental, physical and environmental aspects of their community. This approach uncovers knowledge, create a voice, and encourages self-determination in these communities. The workshop will begin with an overview of the methodology, followed by immersive, hands-on activities, using, storytelling, objects, art-making and play. It will conclude with lessons learned.

Developing Resilience Technical Assistance for Small Local Governments

Many current technical assistance programs are focused and specific to a particular deliverable and do not necessarily cater to the wide range of issues that may be a barrier for local governments . The meeting participants will identify the potential elements of a program, such as assistance with convening multi-jurisdiction and multi-department working groups, building stakeholder engagement and buy-in, organizational strategic planning, financial and funding strategy, initiative planning and implementation, and the like. The final program should be flexible and work with the jurisdictions to see how assistance can break down barriers to implementation and action. In this meeting, engage with agencies, organizations, and local governments to discuss and brainstorm how to better support small local governments with resilience planning and implementation.