Title Galveston Futures
Type Research Project
Abstract Galveston Futures explores applications of visualization and knowledge management tools for collaborative and democratic design and decision-making in the context of envisioning a pathway towards a disaster resistant and resilient community. A central theme is connecting the largely separate worlds of "art" and "information" in surprising new ways that facilitate the co-production of shared "pictures of the future". It assumed that a key for achieving a more effective communal intelligence to increase "human bandwidth" -- the capacity to take in, comprehend, and more efficiently synthesize the remarkable tsunami of information that characterizes our knowledge-based future
Participants Bob Harriss
University of Colorado School of Architecture and Planning
Texas A&M University-Galveston
Houston Advanced Research Center
Start Date
Funders National Science Foundation
Houston Advanced Research Center
Mary Moody Northern Foundation
Research Themes Integrated Science and Regional Applications


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)