Concepts are easier to grasp when they’re presented in a playful way, which is exactly what County of Marin staffers were going for when they created a game to get residents thinking critically about sea level rise. Game of Floods is a small group activity, where four to six players are asked to develop Marin Island 2050, a dystopian future landscape that is riddled with deteriorating homes, community facilities, roads and more that were all ravaged by storms. The game was inspired by a local mapping activity developed for Supervisor Kate Sears’ southern Marin sea level rise project by Department of Public Works engineer Roger Leventhal and CMG landscape architects. It was originally introduced in May 2015, early in the project planning process, to educate citizens. The game board, game pieces, instructions and other supporting materials were designed by the Community Development Agency (CDA) and Department of Public Works (DPW) staff and are available online. Let the games begin. marinslr.org
Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.