This week we received a generous gift from the REI Foundation that will enable us to harness the growing momentum of our Nature & Health Working Group, and move from ideas to action. This community of medical practitioners, environmental scientists, open-space planners, outdoor industry representatives, environmental educators, and others are exploring how experiences in nature benefit human health and well-being. We are working to build a community of practice, develop a research, policy, and action agenda, and define fundable initiatives and research projects. Thank you, REI!
Hear how video games will change the future! Last week, Komo Newsradio in Seattle aired this interview with Josh Lawler, co-director of the Center for Creative Conservation, talking about games like “Save the Pikas” and “EcoTrivia: Save the Animals!” And yesterday, Seattle’s Child published this story on how games like these help parents talk to their kids about climate change. EarthGames is a group of University of Washington students and faculty working to make environmental learning fun for the 50-60% of Americans who play video games.
The Center for Creative Conservation is excited to announce our first call for proposals. We invite ideas for transdisciplinary project Incubators on any cross-cutting topic related to conservation and sustainability from groups of practitioners and University of Washington (UW) researchers. Project Incubators convene interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams in a series of start-up meetings to encourage effective and creative conservation problem solving.
EarthGames is catching media attention. This month, GeekWire showcased the UW project in its series on do-gooder tech solutions. The article deemed EarthGames a “national leader” in its quest to “change the future through video games” and “take a serious subject and make it really fun.”
The Center for Creative Conservation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Vive | NW with the goal of elucidating the barriers and facilitators for Latino children to connect with nature, and to work towards interventions to promote nature experiences for Latino children and families. Initial seed funding is provided by the UW Center for Latino Health.
We are pleased to announce an exciting new art installation, Gardens of the Anthropocene, a surreal, virtual reality interpretation of how Seattle’s ecosystem transforms under climate change. Artist Tamiko Thiel worked with scientists from UW’s Center for Creative Conservation and reports from UW’s Climate Impacts Group to understand the effects of climate change as the basis for her artistic imagination. On exhibit June 25 – September 30, 2016 at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. Free public tours will be held Sunday, June 26th, 12noon & 1pm (artist present), and every Sunday, 12noon & 1pm through …
This spring the Center hosted two ‘incubator’ dinners for a diverse group of scientists, medical professionals, educators, planners, conservationists, and others interested in the health benefits of being in nature. The group is now ready to draft a research agenda and develop a blueprint for a path forward. (May 31 & June 21)
We celebrated our launch with two events this spring, bringing together people from across the UW community and beyond to help us brainstorm the direction of this new center. Participants expressed broad interest in complex problem-solving, responding to regional needs, understanding human dimensions, building transdisciplinary skills, using innovative tools, and making things fun. We collected all responses in colorful posters, summarized here, and are currently incorporating many of these ideas into our strategic planning. (May 12 & June 2)