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A NON-HUMAN PERSONA WORKSHOP

How might cities be redesigned with non-human personas to nurture biodiversity?

A workshop created for the AdaptNSW Forum 2023 where participants redesigned human spaces using non-human personas to imagine a Sydney made for more than humans to thrive

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A NON-HUMAN PERSONA WORKSHOP

How might cities be redesigned with non-human personas to nurture biodiversity?

A workshop created for the AdaptNSW Forum 2023 where participants redesigned human spaces using non-human personas to imagine a Sydney made for more than humans to thrive

About

Biodiversity is intrinsically related to climate change—biodiversity loss fuels climate change and climate change reduces biodiversity.

In December 2023, I was invited to present and workshop at the AdaptNSW Forum 2023 to introduce non-human personas to government, industry, and climate and adaptation professionals.

Government, industry, and climate and adaptation professionals sitting in groups at tables working on non-human persona worksheets.

Brainstorming

In seven teams, and drawing from strategies in The Non-human Persona Guide, we explored how various human city spaces, such as public pools, bus stops, foreshores, and libraries, could be redesigned to nurture biodiversity by accommodating the needs of city-dwelling animals.

non-human persona and adaptation worksheet 1
non-human persona and adaptation worksheet 2
non-human persona and adaptation worksheet 3
non-human persona and adaptation worksheet 4

Workshop outcomes

Ideas for how to redesign leisure parks to also nurture flying foxes
Ideas for how to redesign small reserves to also nurture bandicoots
Ideas for how to redesign bus stops to also nurture bees
Ideas for how to redesign public pools to also nurture frogs
Ideas for how to redesign harbour foreshore areas to also nurture fur seals
Ideas for how to redesign golf courses to also nurture koalas
Ideas for how to redesign libraries and galleries to also nurture possums
A large map of Sydney with redesigned human spaces that also nurture non-human needs

Thanks to everyone who participated

And to AdaptNSW Forum 2023 for hosting, and to Dr Susie Pratt for her assistance

The Non-Human Persona Guide book

The Non-human Persona Guide

Learnings from designers from around the world into methods and tools for identifying, creating, and working with non-human/non-user personas.

  • Digital Design Method & Tools
  • Industrial Design Method & Tools
  • Design Principles
  • Interviews
  • Interspecies Design
The Non-human Persona Online Course

The Non-human Persona Online Course

How to research and create standard and multi-media non-human/non-user personas with tips on applying them in design and decision-making.

  • 10 Lesson
  • 6 Tools
  • Instructional videos
  • Community Space

The Journey Backpack

Your persona library and toolkit for your journey into the world of more-than-human needs.

  • Tools
  • Project examples
  • Persona library
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