Community Resilience Labs 


 What could be designed and visualized that would help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from challenges like wildfires, floods, strong wind storms and other impacts of global warming. We want to gather a group to work on organizing some labs, documenting learning, and create tools to support replication of the Labs. We hope to raise funds to produce and distribute process leadership toolkits to communities in need. We know there are increasing resources on how to respond to harden homes and respond to wildfires, but not enough attention on supporting community resilience processes themselves.

Our Process

1. Gather a group of GLEN members and IFVP visual practitioners interested in community resilience.

2. Hold some Exchanges to agree on initial projects. (Invite some outside resources to these to catalyze thinking).

3. Organization some design thinking sessions in full or subgroups depending on what we choose.

4. Use the concept drafts to generate some foundation proposals for funding Community Resilience Kits.

This collaboration is for you if..

  • You'd are a GLEN member or VISUAL PRACTITIONER interested in community resilience.

  • You would like to work with two leaders in the visual practice field, who are also experienced in community development.

  • You like challenging information design problems.

  • You are interested in learning material design and self-paced learning.

Early Concepts

Community Resilience Lab Design

Over the course of several planning meetings a design emerged for what a Community Resilience Lab would look like. Conversations were begun with several communities and current the project is seeking funding. If you want to get involved please contact us through the form below.


Collaboration Hosts

Phil Bakelaar

Philip Bakelaar is President and founding member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners Institute has been a member of IFVP and a board member since the 2015. He is also the president of IFVP itself. He is also a long-time GLEN member. 

Dr. Bakelaar holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Communication from Temple University and has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University since 1992.

He serves on many nonprofit boards and is founder of The IFVP Institute. His base full time work is as a parish clergy within the Reformed Church in America for the past 37 years. 

David Sibbet

David Sibbet is co-director the GLEN and founder of The Grove Consultants International, well-known for its pioneering work in visualization tools. He has been the author of many books on the subject and many of the Grove's how-to guides. He is trained in magazine journalism. 

David and Phil has been enjoying a writing collaboration through The GLEN bloggers, and felt that a collaboration around their love of visualizing could support the Wildfire and Community Resilience Project.

Are You Interested in Community Resilience?

Filling out this form will result in having a talk with David or Phil about joining this team. Please share your experience with media production, conceptual design, community development, ecology, or learning materials development.