What Happened at the Most Important Session of the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS2016)?

I took copious notes in my sketchbook.

Morning Opening Session: A Facilitated Discussion on Specific Actions for Addressing Climate Change and Its Impacts on Coral Reefs

Date: Friday, June 24th, 2016  
Time: 08:00 - 09:00
Location:  Hawaii Convention Center, Kalakaua Ballroom A/B/C, Honolulu, Hawaii

Moderator: Dr. Robert Richmond

Challenge: Developing a blueprint, road map and timeline for the Coral Reef Science and Policy Communities.

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Visual note taking is one way to remember the details of a presentation— mine are usually text heavy with doodles. If another person reviewed my scribbles, it might have a chance of making sense to them. Their primary purpose is to record moments I want to remember forever.

Dr. Richmond introduced this session as the most important session of ICRS because it five scientists were going to speak about the future of coral reef communities and conservation. Each person on the panel had five minutes for their presentation. They shared ideas, full of optimism and opportunity, about how humanity can make a difference. They then opened it up to the audience to contribute to the conversation. Dr. Peter Sale was captured on video (see below, he is visible standing up in the audience, and the panel is up on stage). The video is from the ICRS2016 Facebook page. Many of the amazing things that happened during the symposium are posted there. 


10 people from the audience got up and spoke (orange circles). I didn't catch all of their names but I did capture some of their words. [Dr. Peter Sale was #6, see video]