Perspectives on Climate Resilience is a micro-lab that sets out to bring together people from diverse fields who are working in or have a general interest in the emergence of climate resilience as a growing field of concern and exploration.

It was originally scheduled to take place in late March 2020 and had to be postponed due to Covid-19. The event will be resheduled as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Perspectives on Climate Resilience is being set up to encourage a mix of provocation, research and knowledge exchange: a temporary experimental and learning action zone to encourage consideration around some of the following questions.

  • What is climate resilience and where has it come from?
  • Why is it important and what do we need to know?
  • How can we best respond - individually and collectively, locally and globally - to challenges that can seem overwhelming or at times even impossible?
  • How can we become comfortable with complexity?
  • What are the implications for human wellbeing in considering and tackling grand planetary problems?
  • What sorts of research and responses are already taking place and what can we learn from this?
  • What might become possible through cross-disciplinary working, creative experimentation and co-design, information sharing, talking and story-telling?
  • How would you personally like to contribute or share in the development of this work into the future?

We will not have all the answers to these questions above but through working together and sharing knowledge, we aim to open the space to encourage dialogue, play and possibility for new perspectives.

Who should attend: This event is open to anyone with a serious research interest in climate resilience, climate change, culture, complexity and related themes, or who is interested in community and peer to peer sharing and perspectives building.

Our original contributors were due to be:

  • Penelope Kenny (Wild Bee)
  • Professor Ann Light (University of Sussex)
  • Micheal O’Connell (University of Sussex)
  • Julian Weaver (Commonplace)
  • Evelyn Wilson (Commonplace)

We will announce who will be contributing once we have agreed the new date for the lab.


Due to the nature of this event, and to the current situation, space will be limited to a suitable safe and small number of attendees.

Important information for attendees

Event attendees should gather at the cafe in Stanmer Park from 1.30pm. We will walk to the site at 1.55pm. Please note that we cannot admit late arrivals to the workshop so do please make sure you give yourself plenty of time.

About the site: Please note that the workshop will taking place in an outdoor setting with no electricity so please leave the laptops at home, bring warm clothes and hot drinks and, if you have a camping chair, do please also bring that along with you. There are toilets about a 7 minute walk away from the plot in Stanmer Park, next to the cafe.

Getting to the site: There are regular buses to Stanmer Park. The nearest train station is Falmer which is around 20 - 25 easy walking distance to the centre of the park. The park is on the Sussex University side of the A27.

Perspectives on Climate Resilience is curated by Commonplace in collaboration with Wild Bee.

Wild Bee is a wildlife-centred, community organic food growing project, specialising in edible and useful pollinator friendly plants to encourage local biodiversity. The project seeks to encourage growing food in harmony with nature, through a wide variety of volunteer sessions, open days and courses.