Our team is spread across the world, so our work is completely remote. Our go-to tools for effective collaboration are Slack for communications, Miro for sharing research and ideation, Google Workspace for drafting longer written materials and Butter as our all-round/interactive meeting platform.
We’ve kick started Step 1 of the Broto Blueprint: Integration/Conversation process by diving into an Understanding phase of the context in which we want to design: the Caribbean. The screenshots from our Miro board illustrate the breadth in which our research will take us: culture, climate science, biology/ecology/hydrology, visual and storytelling inspiration, and bio-inspired tech and lo-tek (indigenous innovation) strategies.
Our preliminary research has focused on getting an overview on the Operating Conditions of the Caribbean (primarily Trinidad + Tobago), how sea levels on the rise are having an impact as well as pulling from the status quo on clean technologies to mitigate water related climate issues. However, we want to stay out of the problem space as much as we can at the beginning stage as we feel focusing on the issues stifles the freedom and imagination space for our overall vision/outcomes. Hence we are emphasizing a need to shift our lens on boosting the “cool-factors” of the Caribbean: What makes the Caribbean islands so unique? What are the cultural and biological/ecological icons that are worth protecting and maintaining? What do Caribbeans love the most about island life and what would they like to see transformed? Where can we fortify Caribbean autonomy and where/when should international influence/cooperation be promoted?
Our artists, producers and cultural experts take the forefront of the process by starting off with exploring the cultural and historical side to connect us to the evolution of people and place. The bio-inspirational side led by our biodesigner and climate technologist expands the research to include exciting, universally resilient patterns to manage extreme conditions and successful nature strategies specific to island and coastal ecosystems. This play between cultural insights with biological innovations helps to get our minds to fully step into the possibility space. We want to understand the climate impacts on the Caribbean, but we don’t want the painful realities of climate-science to overshadow nor dictate our overall vision for the project. Once we’ve casted our inspirational net widely, we’ll tap into the science and narrative thread more deeply to inform, challenge, and ground our ideas to feel as tangible and relatable as possible.