ReThink was lucky enough to have benefitted from the CSF grant last year, and hosted a widely successful first UW Resilience Summit. Despite the positive feedback from both professionals and more importantly students, however, there are many changes we know we need to make to achieve a greater impact with the project. The Summit will be a paneled event that focuses on a specific topic relating to environmental and economic resilience. This event is modeled after the Resilience Challenge hosted by Sustainable Seattle in the fall of 2014 and 2015. Held in the UW Intellectual House, ReThink will team up with one or several clubs from across campus to draw an ideal crowd of around 80-100 students for the event (adjusted this year for the venue allowance). These students will spend 2-3 hours listening to an in depth panels of industry specialists, discussing relevant topics in breakout sessions, and create individualized plans of action that may simply consist of a changed mindset, or even turn into future CSF proposals.
Beyond the experience members of the planning committee will gain from organizing and marketing this event, all participants of the Resilience Challenge will get exposure to a diverse array of students from other disciplines, and informative and inspiring presentations and discussions from professionals in their fields of interest. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to broaden their perspectives from the narrow views represented in their respective majors.
To ensure the Resilience Challenge draws the numbers we have projected, ReThink will partner with all participating parties and RSOs to employ a collaborative outreach strategy. This will involve placing marketing materials such as posters in the various buildings of departments we are seeking to target, and coordinating our online advertising through list-serves and Facebook promotion.
Our event last year focused on climate change, and this year its focus will be different. The Resilience summit is targeted discussion, but does not address one specific environmental problem but a broad set of challenges that persist in today’s society. We hope to hold this event annually with different subjects, to allow students the chance to delve deeper into these issues rather than giving a broad overview. We will provide the information for participants to become educated on these important topics, and resources for them to take away post event.
Should this event be successful for the second year running, we will look to secure an ongoing naming sponsor for the, such as a corporation with the funds to do so or a UW department that deems it a worthy cause, like UW Sustainability. These options will be explored when we gauge the outcome of the second event, and refine it even further to be exactly what students - from each end of campus - want and need.
The following report will enumerate the specific event objectives, logistics, and funds requested.