My first date was Jeremy Pickard, founder of Superhero Clubhouse.
Who knew Superhero Clubhouse and CCAFS could be a match made in heaven?
Later in the night, installation artist Jackie Brookner took a seat across from me.
She creates art near water, particularly human-made systems such as stormwater drains and river diversions.
When the first of my 14 dates sat down across from me, my stomach turned a bit. Lisa Phillips, co-director of Positive Feedback, sees connections in the processes artists and scientists go through as well.
After all, we came from such different backgrounds! On Thursday night, Positive Feedback, an initiative of the Earth Institute, the Center for Creative Research at NYU, and the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, brought together artists and climate scientists (or climate science writer in my case) for a round of speed dating. To help practitioners of the two disciplines find common ground and develop new (professional) relationships. From Galileo’s drawings of the heavens to Darwin’s sketches of finches to the recent rise of infographics, art has long helped convey complex scientific theories and data.