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Thursday, May 2 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Turning Fear into Hope: How The Wicked Scarcity of Time Compels us to Change Faster

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The unConference theme of Collaboration + Abundance frames an optimistic and productive path forward for the Living Building movement. Yet in downplaying the idea of scarcity and emphasizing abundance, the theme overlooks the greatest resource challenge we face: time. This keynote-style session will engage participants to think about the deep future, how trends today play out over long periods of time, and the role their own work plays in speeding up change. At key points, the presentation will pause to take an audience (show of hands) survey to test their perceptions of time: how long might obesity take to peak or for U.S. CO2 pollution to cease? 
Six proven accelerants of change will be introduced while three—pilgrimage sites, communities of practice, and campaigns—will be explained in greater depth. Again, an audience survey will poll participants on how their work can be leveraged to accelerate change. This master session draws content from the new book Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future by Douglas Farr. To illustrate how audience members can apply accelerants in their region, two sustainability campaigns inspired by Sustainable Nation will be used to demonstrate a seminal idea: the Theory of Change. The two campaigns are Carbon Free Chicago 2050 and a Nation of Neighborhoods 2030.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Doug Farr

Founding Principal, Farr Associates
DOUGLAS FARR (FAIA, LEED AP, CNU-A) is an architect, urbanist, author, and advocate for sustainable design thinking. Chicago-based Farr Associates plans and designs lovable, aspirational buildings and places. A native Detroiter, Doug co-chaired the development of LEED-ND and has served... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Clallum Room #701