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SEED SESSIONS … are workshops on ideas of all kinds, conversation among diverse points of view united by a green perspective. All of these are planned as workshops: after brief scene-setting presentations, each moves to discussion in various formats to explore the ideas and potentials.

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** NEW** Transforming public spaces in the Global South : Drafting a new brief
How can public spaces within the Global South Context be transformed to become greener, more inclusive and and more vibrant? Why are the briefs for our streets, squares, parks and trading spaces still largely ineffective towards achieving these goals?  Who is being excluded? Why is collaboration between sectors, fields and department still challenging? Led by Rashiq Fataar and Sharyn Sassen of Future Cape Town, this session explores case studies in Cape Town, Lagos, and Durban. #South #PublicSpaces #Inclusivity

** NEW** Nature and Cities: A Balancing Act
Join kinetic artist Kevin Reese and facilitator Valerie Gwinner to explore the “missing pieces” in the balance between nature and cities.  Participants will collaborate to create a visual metaphor — a mobile (a suspended work of art) —to capture the competing factors and then to re-envision the next steps toward balance. #sculpture #balance

Greening cities in the face of water scarcity
In a polarizing world where half of us have too much water and the other half have too little, all of us share the need to green our cities. Numerous cities and organizations have identified strategies for water conservation and distribution in pursuit of a sustainable future. This session will discuss ways of doing this in regions where water is increasingly scarce. Led by Diane Pataki, Naomi Tsur, and Peter Schoonmaker. #Arid #Water

Creative ways to support child stewardship of urban biodiversity
How can we prepare the children of today to become the protectors of global biodiversity tomorrow? A discussion of creative, playful interventions to promote stewardship behaviour in children and youth living in cities. Led by Bronwyn Cumbo. #Children #Stewardship

How to make green cities more inclusive: European examples of co-design and co-implementation
Join a hands-on guided exercise with co-creation experts and European cities to learn their techniques for co-creating local nature-based interventions that are inclusive and internationally replicable. Led by ICLEI. #Co-creation #NatureBasedSolutions #EuropeanCities

Me, Us, Them – Convening planners, ecologists and designers to build long-term collaborations
The job of academic researchers is to build knowledge. The job of planners and designers is to apply intention to shape our environment. How can we carry out these very different activities… together? What values and goals do we share, or not? How can we help each other do our best work? Working in small groups, first of “similar” teams, then of “mixed” teams, we will use prompts, scenarios and images to find points of connection and complementarity between the processes, values and goals of different disciplines. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own perspective and practice in advance, and to submit a couple of images for others to respond to. Led by Sarah Hinners, Diane Pataki, Katie Coyne. #interdisciplinary #collaboration #processmodels #integratedpractice

Being the City’s Metabolism
This interactive session explores hidden resources which support city living. We will embody different urban flows and co-create provocative questions that challenge research communities, private sector, and governments to innovate. Led by ICLEI’s Paul Currie, Ingrid Coetzee, and Jess Kavonic. #metabolism #innovation

Building recommendations for post-2020 goals for the Convention on Biological Diversity
The Convention on Biological Diversity is preparing for their COP in China in 2020, during which the will settle on post-2020 goals for biodiversity. ExpertiseFrance will lead a discussion on creating input to these goals. 
#biodiversity #CBD

Talk, Map, Act: Strengthening environmental stewardship through storytelling
Who takes care of local places? Civic leaders and community members regularly put energy into caring and advocating for the green and blue spaces of cities and towns. We call these acts of care environmental stewardship. Despite their crucial role, the hard work of these everyday stewards often goes unrecognized. In this session by the US Forest Service social scientists, we will lift up the stories of stewards who care for their place, reflect on your own experiences caring for the environment, and to add to a growing online archive of stewardship stories. #storytelling #stewardship

Using virtual reality to design green cities
How can we use Virtual Reality Technology to improve the adoption and quality of urban greening and increase biodiversity? Try it out with Ashley Welch and Joseph Franklin from AECOM, London. #virtualreality, #urbangreening, #reallycool stuff, #sustainability, #health

Urban Living Lab Playground: Quadruple helix stakeholder engagement through co-creation
The session will open with a short presentation on the Urban Living Lab Playground Game – why this game was developed, its context and most importantly how to play it. Afterwards the discussion will shift to table groups, where each table facilitator will take on the role of guiding the participants through the game and making sure that the discussion is flowing. This is an interactive session during which all participants will actively contribute and engage in the discussion. When the game is finished we will talk about some real-life examples of climate challenges that cities face (and participants work with) and reflect on the game itself – what did participants like about it, what could be changed and what are their main take-outs. #cocreation #gaming #climate

Including diverse voices in urban adaptation planning
How can we ensure that everyone benefits from living in a climate proof city? Diverse voices need to be included in adaptation planning, but how do we make it happen? This session invites planners, resilience thinkers, designers and activists to explore justice in climate adaptation planning. Led by Marthe Derkzen, Timon McPhearson, and Huda Shaka. #diversity #climateadaptation #planning #resilience

A Meeting of the Minds: Building Ongoing Interdisciplinary Collaborations
The job of academic researchers is to build knowledge. The job of planners and designers is to apply intention to shape our environment. How can we carry out these very different activities… together? What do we need to know about each other? How can we help each other do our work better? What are the points of connection? Led by Sarah Hinners and Diane Pataki. #ecology+planning #collaboration

Mapping Green Heritage and its Cultural Value in Cities
This workshop is designed to generate a conversation about promoting and building networks of green heritage, and, especially, of thinking about the ways in which intangible elements (historical, cultural) are important components in (i) understanding the value of urban green space and (ii) building public constituencies to protect and grow these spaces. We will map the heritage qualities of green space in the cities we know best. Participants will be asked to list valuable green space in their host cities and then to make a list of the intangible values that are important (historic, community, cultural memory etc). Then, we will come together as a group to explore collective findings on the use of historical/cultural approaches to highlight powerful connections between healthy communities, heritage value and urban sustainability. We hope to build on this workshop with the creation of a ‘green heritage network’. Led by Karen Jones. #greenheritage #storytelling #intangiblevalues #networks

An Inclusive Vision of Biophilic Cities
Seeking to build upon prior roundtables from TNOC that have focused on the unifying elements and differences between the urban ecology of the Global South and North (Aug. 14, 2016) and what we are trying to accomplish with biophilic cities (March 17, 2017), Biophilic Cities would lead a workshop to explore how the collective vision of a natureful city varies across unique and diverse urban environments and cultures. The intent is to engage the broad array of city leaders that are encouraged by the wide ranging benefits derived from abundant and accessible nature in cities. This includes government, academic and community leaders who together will set forth a roadmap for the inclusive planning and design of their cities. Led by JD Brown and Tim Beatley. #biophilia #justice #planning

Designing new urban-rural relationships around bioregions
We live among bioregions defined by nature (e.g., watersheds, food systems, forests) rather than by man-made divisions (e.g., city, town, countryside). Let’s rethink urban-rural relationships around bioregions, with John Thackara, Doors of Perception + Tongji University with Isavel Carlisle, Bioregional Learning Centre, South Devon, UK; Andrew Goodman, Pontio Innovation, North Wales; Stefano Mirti, Social Food Forum, Italy; Erica Dorn, Good Work Institute, USA
#bioregions, #urban/rural, #resilience, #sustainability

Foodways and Foodscapes: Primary production in bioregions
Many cities are struggling to provide the basic needs for all their inhabitants. So many people lack food and material security! Yet, in many of our cities there is often an overabundance of underutilized spaces. In this session, we will explore the possibility and benefits of regenerative approaches to harnessing underutilized public and civic spaces throughout our bioregions for primary production of food, fuel, fiber, feed and “farmaceuticals” (medicinal plants). Led by Mario Yanez. #bioregions, #urban/rural #food

Why don’t we have more green housing?
We all want green housing, but don’t all want to pay for it. We’ll discuss challenges and potential models for achieving energy efficiency in housing and for financing it. Led by William Britt Gwinner, Global Housing Finance specialist #housing finance, #green housing, #livability, #resilience

Building a framework for integrating nature into urban planning; using lessons from Africa
A fundamental shift in planning and decision making is required by cities; one that incorporates ongoing learning and knowledge construction, reflection and relationship building. Baring this in mind, this session, led by ICLEI Africa, aims to develop a framework that can support cities with a more effective methodology for integrating nature into planning. #Africa #planning

Re-wilding: Creating biodiverse urban green spaces using intended wildness
How can we replace manicured urban green spaces with ‘intended wildness’ that promotes local floral and fauna diversity and their public acceptance? Share ideas with landscape architects Yun Hye Hwang (National University of Singapore) and Kevin Sloan (Dallas). #urbanwildspaces #rewilding #biodiversity #sustainability #resilience

Financing city greening—experiences and possibilities
Despite their benefits, it is challenging to finance the implementation and maintenance of nature-based solutions. Les by Chantal van Ham, of IUCN, this session advances discussions on financing nature-based solutions by building on the outcomes of the European conference on innovative financing for creating green cities held in Manchester in March. #naturebasedsolutions #financing

Towards harmonized measurement: a workshop on urban nature indicators
Measuring and monitoring are essential to the effective management of natural capital in urban areas. With an eye to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the expectation that cities should make measurable and verifiable contributions to global biodiversity targets, this session will address : 1) What programs currently support cities to monitor natural capital and track contributions towards biodiversity targets? 2) What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of existing urban natural capital indicators and how might they be harmonized and standardized? Led by Russell Galt (IUCN), Jennifer Pierce, and Melissa Barton. #indicators #biodiversity

Exploring different visions for urban water daylighting
Multiple benefits flow from daylighting waterways. However, even suggestions of deculverting provoke disagreement on water’s meaning and role. Led by Mark Usher and Janice Astbury, we’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging communities in this process. #daylighting #streams #engagement
How can we use Street Art to promote social change and greener cities? How can we use TNOC’s Nature of Graffiti ( site to spur creative collaborations, awareness, and action around green cities? Share ideas as we tour the Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood’s street art scene. Led by Valerie Gwinner, Communications specialist and strategist. #graffiti #streetart #artforsocialchange #sustainability #resilience
Exploring urban habitats: more than human and other odd perspectives
Adopt an odd perspective (plant, animal, element) and explore scores with us: catalytic instructions to frame a relationship between participants and ecological processes in the urban context through time. Led by Elliott Maltby and Catherine Harris. #dance #morethanhuman

A stick or a carrot? How can cities retain existing trees and plant more trees on private lands?
Municipal officers, advocacy groups, practitioners, and researchers will share experiences and collaboratively develop a suite of mechanisms to retain and increase urban trees and canopy cover in private lands. Led by Camilo Ordoñez of the University of Melbourne. #trees

Smarter trees for smarter cities? Exploring the interface between green space management, “smart” planning, and digital technologies
Through narrative cases and facilitated interactive discussions, we work with participants to identify and explore applications for existing and emerging digital technologies in urban forest and green space management. Led by Nadine Galle.  #trees #tech

Fueling participatory governance in the sustainable city
How can communities take ownership of the places they live? Join François Mancebo, University of Reims, for this immersive outdoor session that will visit and discuss participatory building projects, mapping shared ideas to help spur sustainable actions. #communityownership #participatorybuildingprojects #sustainability #justice

Being good neighbours: Scaling-up from individual to collective wildlife actions
We will explore how a “scaling-up” of wildlife-friendly gardening can be achieved in communities. Through facilitated discussions involving perspectives of multiple stakeholders we will produce a set of actionable recommendations. Led by Tristan John Pett of EarthWatch Europe and others.  #wildlife #biodiversity #smallscale #gardens

New York City Nature Goals 2050: How Coordination among groups and collective action advances urban nature goals.
New York City Nature Goals 2050 (NG) is a citywide initiative composed of over 60 organizations that developed and committed to shared environmental goals and targets that apply to all ecosystems (built and natural, aquatic and terrestrial) and human communities. To achieve this, NG wrote a “Declaration of Rights to New York City Nature” and developed 5 overarching goals and 25 specific targets through 2050. By the nature of the coalition, coordination among organizations is encouraged, which allows for productive and strong partnerships and innovative thinking, and in our collective voice can effectively advance the cause of and need for healthy nature in NYC. How has this worked in NYC? How can it work in your city? Led by Bram Guther of NYC Parks. #naturegoals #collaboration 

Sowing seeds for social change
What happens when farmers, civil engineers, horticulturalists, artists, and community leaders come together around seed production and exchange? See how seeds can bridge divides and stimulate social action with Richard Scott (National Wildflower Centre, UK), John Little (Grass Roof Company), and Polly Moseley (Northern Flowerhouse) #NationalWildflowerCentre, #Seedbanks #socialchange #resilience #sustainability

Reconnecting with urban nature and its health benefits
Urbanites often feel disconnected from nature, missing out on its physical and mental health benefits. Join our interdisciplinary session to discuss ways green activities can promote personal/community wellbeing and participatory sustainable strategies. Led by Vitalija Povilaityte Petri, Université Libre de Bruxelles, with Katriina Kilpi, NatureMinded; Anna Leonard, GoodPlanet Belgium. #communitygardening #urbanforests #SDGs #health

What are we learning about the evolution of biodiversity in urban areas? How is biodiversity evolving in urban areas, and why does it matter? With Jean-Jacques Perrier and ITE-Paris colleagues we will consider the value, adaptability, and fragility of urban biodiversity and how they impact the health and livability of our cities. Led by Jean-Jacques Perrier, Institut de la Transition Environnementale – Sorbonne (ITE Paris), with Luc Abbadie; Colin Fontaine; Isabelle Dajoz #biodiversity #adaptation #livability #sustainability #health

Blue Urbanism: A global movement to deepen healthy connections between cities and the ocean
Coastal cities continue to experience rapid urbanisation and population growth worldwide, linked to the diverse economic and social benefits flowing from proximity to the sea. What would it mean to live in cities designed to foster feelings of connectedness to the ocean? This session will discuss ‘blue urbanism’, led by Simon James Pitman and Tim Beatley. #oceans #planning

Being the city’s metabolism : tracing flows, interdependence and nexus opportunities
Urban metabolism has become a useful concept for tracing the flows of material, energy, water, food, people, information and social capital through cities, and understanding how different configurations of these flows contribute to or limit urban sustainability, equity and wellbeing. However, this systems perspective is often confronted with a siloed management of different aspects of the city. This session aims to explore how a systems approach to resource flows can find purchase in urban governance. In this session, participants will embody a resource/flow of their choice and together we will explore how different urban flows interact, support or oppose each other, and contribute to wider city functions and outcomes. Together, we will map the dynamics, challenges and opportunities of a hypothetical, built from participant collective understanding, before imagining what types of interventions could improve its sustainability, liveability and equity. Led by Jess Kavonic, Paul Currie, and Ingred Coetzee. #UrbanMetabolism #systemsthinking


… will also be interactive, but tilt somewhat more teaching and training.

Modelling Paris: Minecraft for citizen engagement in urban revitalisation
This session focuses on tools for citizen engagement in urban design. Session participants receive a certified training by Block-by-Block—a development collaboration by Microsoft, Mojang, and UN-Habitat to learn how to effectively use Minecraft to support the transformation of neglected urban spaces. Session participants will train on a model specifically designed for the TNOC Summit of Les Passarelle in Paris—an area currently slated for re-design by the City of Paris. Design ideas resulting from the workshop experiment will be published in a digital exposé on the TNOC website and will be presented to the City of Paris. #Minecraft #Design #Participation #Gaming #Planning

The city-re-scripted: a writing workshop
It is not always easy for practitioners from different fields—research, field work, activism, etc.—to find a common ground for imagination. This workshop invites participants from all backgrounds to join an experiment in radical storytelling. Using materials ranging from science-fiction novels to live tweets, we will explore the idea of “commoning’”through collective writing and shared narratives of the nature of cities. Led by Stéphane Verlet Bottéro. #storytelling #writing #commoning
Intertexting Investigation
The participants gather in groups progress in the city according to predetermined trajectories. Groups exchange text messages, photos, videos, sound recordings, etc. relating to the impressions of the spaces in which they are. The various productions collected are reconstructed and staged in a second time, with reading in choral form, visual and sound presentations. It’s about collectively highlighting feelings about atmospheres and places. The objective is to : to develop new methods of investigation on the territory; to use digital writings to build dialogues and visuals based on the urban environment; to favor the development of collective narratives on the experiences of materiality; to experiment cartographies relating to subjectivities in dialogue. Led by Nathalie Blanc.  #storytelling #newmethods #experimentalcartography

Special Events

Several special events are planned:

Farm to table dinners:  Two dinner at a local farm-to-table restaurants. Short talks on urban food and the “farm to table” model by the chef, an urban farmer who supplies the restaurant, and a scientist, followed by conversations, wine, and dinner at the tables. Very limited seating. (Special fee.)

Summit partyLight food, drinks, dancing and many small idiosyncratic spaces to hang out and talk. At Les Grande Voisin, a reclaimed urban space that was formerly a hospital complex—now it houses artists, small startups, and new immigrants.

Field Trips: A variety of trip around Paris, organized by ARB-IAU (formerly Nature Parif), Versailles, and others; and led by various practitioners. To see the list, CLICK HERE.

Daily Schedule

The program details are still in development, but the flow goes something like this:

Day One, 4 June 2019
Morning: Plenary Dialogues
Afternoon: Seed Sessions, Skills Sessions, MicroTalks, Networking cafes
Evening: Gala / Party (at Les Grands Voisins)

Day Two, 5 June
Morning: Plenary Dialogues
Afternoon: Seed Sessions, Skills Sessions, MicroTalks, Networking cafes
Evening: Farm to Table Dinner Special Event (limited seating), at Le ReCyclerie.

Day Three, 6 June
Morning: Afternoon: Seed Sessions, Skills Sessions, MicroTalks
Afternoon:  Plenary Dialogues and Closing
Evening: Farm to Table Dinner Special Event (limited seating), at Tempero.

Day Four, 7 June
Field trips around Paris, organized by ARB idF and others, and a public event.

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