In search of adaptation strategies for climate change

Diane Pruneau, professor, Université de Moncton

1. Choose a problem created by climate change amongst the following :

" important winds that overturn trucks and destroy crops,
" ice storms,
" the disappearance (destruction) of certain animal species in the coastal zone,
" coastal storms (hurricanes or storm surges) that cause floods on the coast,
" virus brought by tropical insects.

2. Give yourself time to understand the problem that you have chosen : its causes and possible consequences. If necessary, question the facilitator on your problem.

3. Identify a community which is well known to you and where the problem that you have chosen could happen.

4. Osborn's creativity techniques (1963) : use the following techniques to produce a list of solutions to the chosen problem. Attention! You should produce a list of many solutions without judging them or commenting on them.

Add : What could be added in the targeted community to make it respond better to the chosen problem?

Transform : What could be transformed in the targeted community to make it respond better to the chosen problem?

Multiply : What could be multiplied in the targeted community to make it better adapted to respond to the chosen problem?

Decompose : How could each component in the targeted community be improved to protect it against this problem (or to avoid it or to diminish it)?

Remove : What could be removed from the targeted community to prepare it to face the problem?

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5. DeBono's Thinking Hats Technique (1992) : distribute the coloured hats within your group according to the members' personalities.

The red hat : feels a lot of emotions and makes an affective judgment on ideas.

The green hat : creative, he or she looks for original solutions or improvement.

The white hat : asks or looks for more information on the possible solutions.

The black hat : takes advantage of his or her critical thinking abilities.

The yellow or orange hat : looks for the benefits and the possibilities of each idea.

The blue hat : observes and tries to improve the group's thinking process.

By taking the hats' suggested roles, examine all the solutions that you have found and choose one of them. Then, try to improve the chosen solution.

6. Present the solution that you prefer and that you improved to the rest of the group.



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