engagement by impacT

The cohort of the Resilient by Design projects not only offers the region and beyond innovative design concepts that respond to the challenge of a rising bay, but also offers a variety of methodologies for engaging communities in this work. The following tools developed through this process have been grouped by level of impact and desired outcomes.


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Low Tide

Relate and Share

Small-scale tools that raise broad awareness about flooding and resilience. Tools in this category are relatable, accessible, and easily replicable. These tools are best used when desired outcomes are to let people know about an engagement process, increase project visibility, and engage a broad audience base.

#PublicSediment Cutouts, Postcards (HASSELL+, Field Operations, etc), Stickers (B+O+S, Bionic), Art Cars (Sponge Hub + Flood Mobile)


High Tide

Visualize and Collaborate

Tools that foster collaboration and help communities visualize impacts from flooding and future sea level rise. Tools in this category are collaborative, interactive, and inspire conversation. These tools are best used when desired outcomes are to provide deeper interactive engagement opportunities, garner input, and facilitate dialogue on flooding and sea level rise impacts.

In It Together game, P+SET Watershed Mapping Tour, Flood Toy, Flood Fair, Resilient South City Map Activity, Alameda Creek Atlas, Public Sediment + Common Ground Surveys, Field Ops Put a Pin on It Boards

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King Tide

Activate and Inspire

Larger-scale events and tools that break down silos, initiate action, and identify near-term next steps and small-scale interventions. Tools in this category require a longer time commitment, ranging from an afternoon to a few months or years, and buy-in from communities. These tools are best used when desired outcomes are to inspire and activate stakeholders and residents to enact change in their communities and identify implementation pathways.

Studio for Urban Projects ‘Living with Water’ Events, North Richmond CAB, Graphic Recording at Resilient Bay Summit

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Stem the Tide

Catalyze and Regenerate

Processes and methods that catalyze community resilience action, empowering residents to envision and implement their resilient future. These tools go beyond traditional community engagement models, moving away from short-term input-based engagement where the engager received information from the engaged. Tools in this category are longer-term, truly rooted in community, and require commitment and buy-in from communities. These tools are best used when desired outcomes are to facilitate and enable a dedicated group of stakeholders and residents to plan and design solutions collaboratively for their own communities.

PSET CPP / Designing Our Own Solutions Course, Y-PLAN Youth Challenge