2017 100RC Global Summit Session: Place-based Collaborative Design

Greater New York City area, New York

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Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) seeks New York City-area Earth and space scientists (ESS) to participate in a hands-on session at 100RC’s Global Summit.  100 Resilient Cities (100RC), will hold its Global Summit in New York City at the end of July 2017. As part of the summit, TEX is collaborating with the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico to hold the following session.


Title: Place-based Science Informed Co-Design

Session Description: How can low income communities develop more resilient and inclusive economies in the informal sector? How can city actors exchange knowledge, build partnerships and improve capacity to better manage disasters?

Session Co-Leads: Alejandra M. Castrodad-Rodriguez, Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) of San Juan and Natasha Udu-gama, Senior Specialist, TEX

Session Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Session Duration:  10:30am – 1pm ET; 2.5 hours

Location: Various locations in mid-town Manhattan, New York City, USA

Objective: Demonstrate how CROs can leverage 100 Resilient Cities, local partners and resources to create a design-driven, preliminary place-based strategy for select communities in participating cities. The workshop will use the model developed for the City of San Juan to enable participants to map out a resident focused process to a specific geographical area or neighborhood(s) that has broad community support and contributes concretely to resilience of their City.


  1. At the end of the session, participating CROs, Strategy and Platform Partners will have learned about how to use a collaborative research and design model and about an array of tools and processes to support a place-based approach to resilience building in communities and developed preliminary ideas on available resources.  
  2. They will also have a preliminary project scope that includes to establishing a coalition of key stakeholders, creating a collaborative design process, and identifying opportunities for collaborations with other CROs and Partners across the 100 Resilient Cities network.  
  3. CROs will take away an understanding of what 100 Resilient Cities partners could be available to help the city create a comprehensive place-based strategy which may include specific ideas and strategies to: address complex research questions, integrate multiple knowledge bases, build trust and communicate with multi-sectoral audiences, integrate the knowledge acquired to design processes and the beginnings of a place-based strategy.   
  4. Each participant will be assigned to help a pre-designated City develop their strategy. The process will teach the participants in how they can use this model to address challenges in their own cities.
  5. Where applicable, TEX and participating scientists will collaborate on specific case studies with CROs in how using Earth and space science (ESS) tools and resources and including local pro-bono scientific partners might support a place-based approach to community resilience building that incorporates and is enhanced by science.

As a 100RC platform partner, TEX is committed helping 100RC cities find and implement solutions to various types of challenges faced by cities, by matching city leaders with relevant pro bono local scientific partners to design and implement projects that use ESS to advance resilience and taking them through a TEX project from inception to implementation. 

About the Community

100RC Cities that plan to participate include:

  • Athens, Greece
  • Honolulu, USA
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Tulsa, USA
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Los Angeles, USA
  • Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Tel Aviv, Israel

Scientist Wanted

The role of scientists will be to actively participate in the workshop aspects and collaborate on specific case studies with CROs (where relevant) in how using ESS tools and resources might support a place-based approach to community resilience building that incorporates and is enhanced by science. 

Unlike typical calls for scientists, TEX does not expect New York area scientists to participate in community science projects that may ensue from this session. Rather, participating scientists will provide their expertise and knowledge to collaboratively define a robust and succinct project scope that TEX and the respective city will use to find locally-based scientific partners. 

Desired Skills and Expertise

  • Expertise or experience in any Earth science within AGU’s realm of expertise
  • Ability to identify and evaluate scientific research to find the pieces most relevant to the project goals
  • Ability to translate scientific knowledge to local officials and/or community members
  • Ability to operate effectively in environments where science is not the only factor, and often not even the leading factor in decision making
  • Public speaking skills and openness to communicating scientific details to laypersons and senior city officials
  • Experience working with communities to co-design science-informed 
  • Open to new ideas and able to respect viewpoints and priorities from diverse community populations.


Collaborating Organization(s)