Reports From Our Field Studies


June 29, 2016

The Bureau will be traveling to the Rockaways, New York this September to collaborate with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Please visit our mobile field study office Sept 16 11am-5pm infront of the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment and on the Rockaway Boardwalk at 67th Street from 11am-4pm Saturday Sept 17th & Sunday Sept 18th. […]


June 17, 2016

The Bureau’s mobile field study office will be traveling to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMFA) for two Sundays – August 7 & 14.  Please visit us and share your feelings and experiences around climate change and other anthropogenic events for which you wish there was a word.


May 6, 2016

The Bureau will be featured in the exhibition Fermata at Kala Art Institute. The exhibit runs through July 1st. We will be bringing our mobile field study office to Kala on Thursday May 19 6-8pm. Please visit us and bring your emotions and experiences related to climate change and other Anthropogenic events for which you wish there […]


Alicia Escott

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Interspecies Advancement (EDIA) and Treasurer of Geologic Time (TGT)

Alicia Escott’s artistic thinking focuses on grappling with what it is to live a human life amid a moment that is profoundly rare in the geologic and ecologic history of the planet. She is interested in how we each are negotiating our immediate day-to-day realities and responsibilities amid an awareness of the overarching specter of climate change, mass extinction and other Anthropocenic events. She approaches these issues with an interstitial practice that encompasses writing, drawing, painting, photography, video, sculpture and social practice.

Escott holds an MFA from California College of Art, where she received the Richard K. Price Scholarship in painting and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Escott has been a fellow at Djerassi Artist Residency, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the JB Blunk Artist Residency. Her work has been shown in numerous art institutions, galleries and alternative spaces, and included in exhibitions at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Berkeley Arts Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and in the San Francisco Maritime Museum- part of the National Parks Foundation. Excerpts from her “Letters Sent Sometime after the Continents Separated” have been published in literary journals and art periodicals and were commissioned as part of Art Practical’s mail Art Subscription in 2012. “Letters Sent Sometime after the Continents Separated” will be published in a book format along side audience responses in 2014.

Heidi Quante

Co-Founder & Chief Catalyst of New Words & Worlds (CCNWW)

Growing up trilingual, I have been fascinated with words and etymology. Creating new words is something I love doing and have been doing since I first learned to communicate with other humans. I am also fascinated by how humans change and evolve. I’m an active participant in social change movements and a nerd who loves learning from behavioral specialists and others knowledgeable on how language influences people’s thoughts, actions and ultimately culture. I was inspired to create this artwork with Alicia Escott because I was tired of finding myself at a loss for words to describe very real emotions I am feeling and situations I find myself in as climate change accelerates and changes our planet.

I understand that many words this project inspires might not make it into lexicons,  I am still excited by the conversations and ideas the project generates.

My passion as an Artist and founder of the non-profit Creative Catalysts is finding innovative approaches to inspiring cultures to address climate change challenges on this place we all call home. This passion is a continuation of 17 years of designing and running a wide array of environmental and human rights projects. My work to date has included leading community trainings on storytelling to coordinating multi-­stakeholder coalitions and designing creative communication campaigns for organizations.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Bachelor of the Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley but my true learning has come from life.

Executive Contributors Extraordinaire

Mike ArcegaArtist & Professor 

Erin Archuleta, Co-Founder, ICHI Sushi Restaurant & Former Director of Field Operations & Strategy for 826 Valencia

Bill Barclay, Policy & Research Director, Rainforest Action Network

Anna Blackshaw, Poet

Carolynn BoxEnvironmental Program Director for 5 Gyres

Heather Box, Professional Storyteller

Rachel Caplan, Founder & Director, Green Film Festival

Christina Conklin, Artist

Aron Louis Cohen, Artist

Sofía CórdovaArtist

Lafcadio Cortesi, Tropical Rainforest Director for Rainforest Action Network

Chris Desser, Creator of the Catalogue of Extinct Experiences & Lawyer

Greg Dicum, Journalist

Anthony Discenza, Artist & Professor 

Liz Enochs, Investigative Journalist

Ethan Estess, Marine Biologist (with a focus on Sharks) & Artist

Natalie Foster, Researcher at Institute for the Future

Jason Groves, Phd., Urban Fellow, The Exploratorium

Gabriel Harp, Designer, Evolutionary Ecologist & Social Science Researcher for CoClimate

Lindsay Henderson, Phd.,  Behavioral Ecologist (with a focus on bird behavior)

Rhonda Holberton, Artist & Professor 

Eva Holman, Rise Above Plastics Program Lead, Surfrider Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, San Francisco Chapter

Perrin Ireland, Art & Science Communicator for Natural Resources Defense Council

Faith Kearns, Phd. Fresh Water Biologist, Director of Outreach & Research, California Water Institute

Jenny Kendler, Artist,  Forager,  Artist in Residence for Natural Resources Defense Council

Leah Lamb, Writer

Francois Luong, Poet, Director of French Translation & Poetry

Nina Luttinger, Fair Trade Researcher

Nicole Markoff, Artist

Mikl McElligott, Curator, Interval at the Long Now Foundation

Erin McKean, American Lexicographer & Founder of Wordnik

Julian McQueen, Director of Education & Outreach for Green for All

Ranu Mukherjee, Contemporary American Artist & Assistant Chair MFA Program, CCA

Chris Mungall PhD,  Bioinformatics Scientist, University of California at Berkeley

Isla Bell Murray, Artist & Designer

Raphael Noz, Artist

Jenny Odell, Artist and designer

Tressa Pack, Artist

Patrick Paine, Artist

Alex Ramos, Artist, Philosopher 

Christopher Reiger, Artist & Co-Founder Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions (BAASICS)

Alison Schopmeyer, Designer

Mark Shapiro, Investigative Journalist

Anthony Shore, Linguist & Professional Word Maker

Hephzibah Strmic-Pawl, Phd, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Manhattanville College

Sally Szwed, Curator, Creative Time Summit

Stiv Wilson, Director of Research, Story of Stuff Project