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Ross Curtner

Co-Founder, Adjacent Possibilities in Toronto

Connecting the empathy gap

PRESENTED ON DEC 04, 2014
IN TORONTO @ VOL 31

Scott Baker and Ross Curtner are the founders of Adjacent Possibilities. They bring together diverse sectors to creatively showcase solutions to complex problems. In their first iteration in art+energy, they connected artists with cleantech entrepreneurs and curated an exhibition on the human capacity to address climate disruption. Adjacent Possibilities is currently developing future projects on water, climate and cities.

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Choreography and Climate Change

BY STEVE VALK
@ PECHAKUCHA EVENT ON AUG 20, 2014

Steve Valk talks about the complexity and changing patterns of Choreography. By connecting with culture, ourselves, and the environment dancers can become better in choreographers and thinkers/

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Racial Justice and the Climate Crisis

BY BILL GALLEGOS
@ VOL 13 ON APR 30, 2015

With over three decades of organizing experience with unions, students, and grassroots organizations, activist-in-residence at Havens Center for Social Justice, Bill Gallegos discusses the complexities of climate change's affect on racial justice. He shares his some of his experiences in achieving environmental programs that ensure low-income communities and communities of color receive the health, environmental, and economic benefits of sound environmental policy.

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Earth Charter: My Journey of Connecting Ecology and Visual Art

BY LES LUXEMBURGER
@ VOL 7 ON JUN 05, 2015

Les Luxemburger is a visual artist, art educator and creative director. He discusses his projects where he uses visual and eco-art to educate people about environmental issues like habitat loss and climate change.

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Revolution - Bridging the Employment Gap for Women in Crises

BY SARAH RUTT
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 08, 2015

Sarah Rutt discusses Revolution, a jewelry company that creates and sells handcrafted, leather jewelry in order to bridge the employment gap for women transitioning out of homelessness. Revolution is part of the great social enterprise pitch sponsored by ASSETS Lancaster and the Lancaster County Community Foundation, and are launching operations in October of this year.

This was "Presenation of the Day" on Monday, September 29th, 2015.

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Climate Change Art

BY ALLY LANKESTER
@ VOL 11 ON MAR 03, 2016

Climate change requires cultural transformation and art is an important catalyst for social-cultural change. Ally Lankester's talk provides an overview of climate change art with a focus on Townsville projects.

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Pivotal - The Cambridge Festival of Change

BY JAMES MURRAY-WHITE
@ VOL 4 ON APR 05, 2016

Pivotal is the Cambridge-based collectives of artists promoting positive change, particulary in the arena of climate change. Watch James Murray-White as highlighted examples of some of the creative projects the group has initiated across the City.

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How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature

BY NICHOLAS RAJKOVICH
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"How do we start thinking about heat waves and why are heat waves so important?"

In How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Professor, Nicholas B. Rajkovich describes the design of a bicycle-based weather station used to find the “hot spots” of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Every year in the United States, more people die from heat waves than any other type of natural disaster. Extreme heat events are expected to increase in the future due to climate change. Collecting a fine scale of microclimatic data can help to determine how physical characteristics contribute to human exposure to ground and air temperatures. These data also suggest how urban design strategies can reduce the impacts of the urban heat island effect. However, microclimate measurement poses substantial challenges. Rajkovich’s work investigates the intersection of energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and climate change resilience.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. 

 

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Let's Build a City

BY VIRGIL IERUBINO
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 13, 2016

Virgil Ierubino asks if you could build a city from the ground up, how would you do it? I don't just mean the buildings. By 'city' I mean the collection of humans and facilities and services and systems that collectively form a functioning society. Would you make different decisions than those which are made for us, all around us, every day? Or, realising that this question assumes you are in a position of considerable power, maybe you'd just go nuts?

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 11th, 2017. 

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The Inequalities of Climate Change and why the International Community is involved

BY KATERINA TRIANTOS
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

In her presentation, Katerina Triantos talks about the risks attached to global climate change at the regional and local level. 

The increasingly severe risks that occur as a result of global climate change cannot be mitigated by current practices and are offsetting more local attempts of controlling for risks.

It becomes apparent climate change and its risks cannot be resolved by the risk community alone, but will require innovative practices and collaborations within multiple levels and across multiple sectors.