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Innovations in Risk Communication: Linking Art, Science and Practice

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How can we harness the power of humanity to understand and address changing risks? In this intensely interactive session, we will explore the powerful opportunities offered by integrating art and creativity into risk communication. Focusing on disasters, climate and development issues, we will share recent initiatives ranging from Data Sculptures to illustrate the use of machine learning in flood risk management in Togo, to Virtual Reality for disaster risk financing, to “Intiñán”: a crowd-made, lighter-than-air sculpture made of plastic bags that would otherwise have ended in the trash. We will enjoy the serious fun of games that help people and organizations experience the complexity of future risks and tough decisions – with examples ranging from rural Kenya to global insurance markets and from the World Bank to the White House. Importantly, we will jointly brainstorm how researchers, artists and designers can work with you, government, LRFI, humanitarian and development organizations to confront evolving hazards and vulnerabilities - mobilizing both the intellect and the emotions of decision makers at all scales.

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Dr Pablo Suarez is the Artist-in-Residence at Lloyd's Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk at the National University of Singapore. An avid proponent of innovative communication methods, Pablo has extensive experience in co-designing and implementing intiatives linking science, policy and humanitarian work on risk management.

Pablo is associate director for research and innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, as well as visiting fellow at Boston University, honorary senior lecturer at University College London, and faculty member at University of Lugano in Switzerland. He has consulted for the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank, Oxfam America, and about 20 other international humanitarian and development organisations, working in more than 60 countries.

His current work addresses institutional integration across disciplines and geographic scales, and the use of innovative tools to address climate risks – ranging from financial instruments for faster disaster preparedness, to self-learning algorithms for flood prediction, to collaboration with artists and designers to inspire thinking and action. Pablo holds a water engineering degree, a master’s in planning, and a Ph.D. in geography.

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