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Human Impacts Chicago: Designing for a New Climate
Goethe-Institut Chicago
Chicago, IL
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Human Impacts Chicago: Designing for a New Climate
In 2013-2014 the Human Impacts Institute is partnering with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge Program of Germany to explore how we can make climate change personal to our communities and re-communicate climate issues to the American public in creative and engaging ways through our "Creative Climate" Human Impacts Salons series. Working with local partners in eight U.S. cities and in Berlin, this year-long tour bring together creative visionaries with community leaders, environmental experts, and activists in a salon-style event of performance and in-depth discussion to highlight local action, resources, and solutions to addressing one of the most pressing issues of our times.

This fall, we are traveling to the Windy City, where we will host an evening event dedicated to examining design strategies for a changing climate. We will explore how creative solutions to climate change are reinventing the urban landscape and how designers are transforming the way we produce, consume, and interact with the world around us. We will learn from the First Secretary on Climate and Energy Policy from the German Embassy how improved designs in engineering have put Germany on the map in global climate change leadership. Join us for an evening of engaging discussion from a diversity of Chicago's community leaders and thinkers and thought-provoking performances from local artists who are actively engaged in environmental issues. This event will be free and open to the public.

Panelists include:
Janet Attarian, City of Chicago, Department of Transportation
Charlie Catlett, Argonne National Laboratory
Katherine Darnstadt, Latent Design
Georg Maue, First Secretary of Climate and Energy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington
Matt Atwood, Algae Systems
Jenny Kendler, Artist and Environmental Activist
Elizabeth Moyer, Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Chemistry and Transport, University of Chicago

The event will include inspirational live performances and a cocktail and networking reception.

This salon is the fifth in a creative communication series in partnership with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge of the German Embassy. As leaders in renewable energy, Germany has incredible knowledge to share regarding successful energy policies and communication efforts. So far we have held salons in New York City, Atlanta, D.C., and Miami where we have highlighted Germany's efforts in solar technology and politics.

In New York City, we explored our society's addiction to fossil fuels and energy. This Human Impacts Salon was the first in our series and brought together a diverse set of panelists from Phil Aroneanu from to a business strategist, to an environmental artist/film-maker.

At Human Impacts Atlanta, we discussed how having trust and faith--whether it's from "having faith in science" to "having faith in a higher power"-- can be a driving force for action and community building. How do we inspire each other to make a difference?

In D.C. the salon was centered around politics. We explored how to create a climate community in the U.S. that includes left, right and center views by taking a closer look at how the German "Energy Transformation" to renewable has been adopted by diverse audiences - from conservatives to green party members.

At Human Impacts Miami, we looked at the emotional response to climate in one of the U.S.'s most climate-vulnerable states, while seeing how Germany has negotiated multicultural action on climate change in the EU, through performance, discussion, and joint action.

At Human Impacts Boston we examined education for a changing climate and the role of STEAM in our school systems. How can we facilitate innovation in our classrooms?

About us:
At the Human Impacts Institute, we inspire action for strong communities and a healthy environment through hands-on, service education, coalition building, and using arts and culture for social good. For more info:

This event wouldn't be possible without the help of our amazing partners:

The Transatlantic Climate Bridge Program of the German Government, which aims to support platforms and partnerships that help Americans and Germans exchange their know-how and to pave the way for joint solutions.

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago providing information on Germany and the consular services for Visa, Passport, and Legal advice, and Germany-related news and events. They offer a wide spectrum of information, including details on traveling, studying, and doing business in Germany. Their German language website features information and news relevant to German citizens.

StoryCorps' mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone's story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.



Goethe-Institut Chicago (View)
150 N Michigan Ave #200
Chicago, IL 60601
United States

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Arts > Visual
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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