WELCOME!!! World Café Agenda


Resilient by Design is holding a series of conversations around key themes that highlight: 1) key challenges and lessons-learned, 2) the contributions of the designs, and 3) actionable next steps - what do we need to do and what is needed to support those steps. Participants will move freely around to different tables at set intervals to have conversations about key themes. At a table, the host will welcome 8-10 participants to join a 25-minute conversation.


Ecological Resilience & Nature-based Solutions

A significant proportion of the Bay is marshes, mudflats and waterways - an ecological infrastructure that provides flood protection benefits as well as nutrient processing, recreation opportunities, and support for threatened and endangered wildlife. There has been a considerable amount of attention paid to how restoring these will evolve in the future and the role they may play in building climate resilience.

Inspirational Topics: Current restoration challenges and tensions / Beneficial use of dredge materials & sediment management / Regional funding for restoration (Measure AA, Prop 68) / Public access and wildlife protection / creation of habitat for fish, birds and wildlife

Social Resilience & Equity

Climate change will affect all of us in different ways. Communities already suffering from racial and economic inequity have some of the highest needs for climate adaptation and resilience-building efforts. Focusing on building social resilience and equity into these efforts can help reduce vulnerability to climate change, and ensuring that new investment does not lead to displacement of existing residents is a crucial component.

Inspirational Topics: Equitable housing solutions / Models promoting local or community ownership and local or community governance / New development models and funding pathways / Socializing disaster-preparedness / Environmental justice and social justice initiatives/ anti-displacement policies

Resilient Infrastructure & Governance

As we plan for climate change, protecting critical infrastructure and community assets, while designing new infrastructure systems that are more equitable and resilient, is key.

Inspirational Topics: Protecting vulnerable infrastructure / Multi-benefit, equitable transportation solutions (access, affordability, health impacts, safety) /  Managing for sea level rise across multiple land use typologies / Protecting community assets / Regional funding for transportation and infrastructure investments (RM-3, MTC, CalTrans, wastewater treatment) / Regional coordination & collaboration / Equitable planning and decision making processes

Working Together

  • Everyone is welcome to draw or contribute on the paper on the table.
  • Participants are encouraged to visit each theme, but are free to visit any theme more than once.
  • Law of Two Feet: Participants can leave a conversation or join a conversation mid-stream (known as the law of two feet), but must be respectful of the conversation that s/he is joining.
  • Jurors and Design Teams – no more than one juror at a table AND no more than one member of a particular design team at a table.

Questions to Consider for Each Theme

  1. What is one lesson that you think is important to share, in the broader context of how we build ecological resilience in the Bay Area, as we plan for sea-level rise and climate impacts?
  2. From your perspective, what are the key considerations and top priorities for action to move these design concepts / ideas forward?
  3. What can your organization/community do to advance this work?




1:00 | Arrive and Review Design Boards

1:30 | Welcome - Amanda Brown-Stevens, Resilient by Design

Keynote - Henk Ovink, Resilient by Design Juror and Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands

2:00 | Agenda Review and World Café Set Up - Facilitator Gina Bartlett, Consensus Building Institute

2:10  | Round 1: World Café – Pick a theme.

+ What is one lesson that you think is important to share?

+ From your perspective, what are top priorities for action to move these designs / ideas forward?

+ What can your organization/community do to advance these designs / ideas?

2:40 | Movement -- Find new table / theme

2:50 | Round 2: World Café -- Pick a theme.

Last 5 minutes: Host and group to identify 2 lessons and 2 actions; write one idea on each post-it; please label “lesson” or “action”

3:15 | Movement -- Find new table / theme

3:25 | Round 3: World Café – Pick a theme.

3:50 | Large Group Insights -- Convene in Full Group to Share Ideas Across Themes

+ Lessons Learned

+ Top Priorities for Action

4:45 | Wrap Up and Close for 5:00 Reception