In this playful session, Nate and Karen will use familiar natural ecosystems as a practical metaphor for planning service responses in complex environments. Small groups will examine three neighboring natural ecosystems: a woodland pond, a healthy forest, and a grassland. We will examine the unique individuals, species, communities, adaptations, and strategies that emerge in each ecosystem. Next, we will explore their interactive edges: the places where the pond, forest, and grassland communities meet one another. Finally, we will simulate what ecologists call a "disturbance regime" – when a natural disaster like a chemical spill or a wildfire disrupts the balance of many adjacent ecosystems, and they are forced to adjust and recover. This session will feel like a 1970s elementary school science class got mashed up with your library’s last community needs assessment or strategic planning exercise.
Nate Hill, Executive Director, Metropolitan New York Library Council, USA
Karen Fairbanks, Marble Fairbanks Architects, USA
Thursday, 13 September, 3:30 pm
Campus, Room B
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