Authors: Michelle F. Fox, Melissa Chua, & the Resilience Narratives team
Jamestown, Colorado is a small town nestled in the Rocky Mountains with a population of only ~200 people. In September of 2013, Jamestown was devastated by the "Boulder Flood of 2013", which destroyed much of their town and took one of their community member's life.
In response, Joy Boston, a ceramic artist, had an idea to use art as a way of bringing the community together and healing from this terrible disaster. This project is not only a means of coping and healing as a community, but also in building social cohesion—an element that is critical to a community and individual's capacity to recover from a disaster.
Initially, the flood bowls were gifted to flood recovery volunteers. Months later, Joy and her neighbors continue to make and sell the bowls as a means of raising funds for the town's continued recovery process.
In addition to the Jamestown Flood Bowls, the Resilience Narratives team has produced a portfolio of communications products which includes:
These products are meant to contribute substantively to the understanding of what resilience is and what it is not. Pursuing this creative communications project has opened the opportunity to explore new methods of communicating science, while honoring the nuances and complexity of the subject matter. The Resilience Narratives has allowed us to enhance the quality of communications with our intercultural and inter-disciplinary audience.
To see more from the Resilience Narratives Team, please see: www.i-s-e-t.org/beyondresilience
Citation: Fox, M. F., Chua, M., & the Resilience Narratives team (2015). Jamestown Flood Bowls [Video]. Boulder, Colorado: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International.
Funded by: The Rockefeller Foundation