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Workshop: Using Design Thinking for Digital Storytelling in the Post-Sandy Era

Would you like to spend the day with leading experts in audience-centric design thinking, media, journalism and environment? Develop more effective ways to communicate about making communities more resilient to climate risks like sea-level rise and flooding post-Sandy?

This interactive workshop is for journalists, editors, journalism faculty, designers, developers and problem solvers. You will be immersed in human-centered design methods and learn how to leverage them to better understand and engage new audiences, how to harness the power of new technologies, and how to create more real and dynamic stories that resonate.

• Journalists and editors can brainstorm new products to serve their audiences.

• Faculty can incorporate new approaches into curriculum to train the next generation of journalists.

• Designers and developers can geek out and find friends to collaborate with on their next passion project.

You don't want to miss this!

To learn more about design thinking, check out

• How journalists can improve their storytelling by embracing design thinking


• Design thinking towards a new, more engaged journalism

Our Hosts

Event hosted by AdaptNY, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Center for Community and Ethnic Media, and the Online News Association.

A. Adam Glenn, workshop chair, founder of AdaptNY & associate professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Laura Cochran, ONYA-NYC organizer

Our Coaches

Reggie Murphy, Electronic Ink, @reggiemurphy

Nelson Hsu, Project Thunderdome at Digital First Media, @hsunelson

Julie Westfall, Project Thunderdome at Digital First Media, @JulieWestfall


8 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Breakfast

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.:  Designing the Problem

What is human-centered design with Reggie Murphy

The design challenge: How might we help people understand climate change adaptation and the need for it at the community level?

Power panel of climate experts, including: 

• Councilman Mark Treyger, chair of New York City Council's Committee on Recovery & Resiliency

• Katherine Bagley, climate reporter for the Pulitzer Prize-winning web siteInsideClimateNews , and co-author of Bloomberg’s Hidden Legacy: Climate Change and the Future of New York City.

• Bill Ulfelder, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in New York 

• Laura Tolkoff, Associate Planner, Energy and Environment, Regional Plan Association

• Vivien Gornitz, geologist and special research scientist with the Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m: Working Lunch: Defining your users

1:30 p.m. - 6p.m.: Designing the Solution

Brainstorm and prototype your ideas

Share, refine and present your ideas

6 p.m.-7 p.m. Happy Hour (BYOB) at The Hudson Bond, 215 W 40th St.


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  • A. Adam G.

    Hi everyone! In case you missed it, our February workshop and the AdaptNY project was just the subject of a long segment on public TV news program MetroFocus! The report aired tonight on WLIW-21 and will air again on Channel Thirteen Thursday at 8:30 pm and NJTV Thursday at 10:30 pm! Here's the full segment online: Thanks for helping make this such a success. Enjoy!

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I left the program with a better understanding of the effects of climate change on local communities. That by itself was very valuable. But the presentations and workshops also introduced me to a way of thinking, a process really, about how to convey that understanding to a targeted audience using elements of visual design and story telling. For a start-up news and information company striving to be user-directed, that was more valuable insofar as it could be applied to many forms of information -- future storms and natural disasters, civil wars, political corruption...

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • Laura

      Eddie, thank you so much for being our photographer!! It was great to meet you. I'd love to hear more about how you use HCD in your startup also.

      1 · February 24, 2014

  • Christiaan P.

    Will it be possible to register at the door?

    February 21, 2014

  • Mike M.

    Bummer RSVP is closed. Can I still attend? Please.

    February 20, 2014

  • Sandra T.

    I didn't realize RSVPs closed last night. Is it still possible to attend? Thanks, Sandra

    February 20, 2014

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