Tell Me More

Tell Me More is a place for people to reflect on sea level rise & what its impacts mean to them. Building off previous research into public perceptions of rising seas, Tell Me More marries sequences of story-listening with story-collection in an interactive installation on San Francisco’s Pier 7.

As visitors walk down the pier, they’re invited to stop & listen to a series of mounted, wind protected speakers. Each speaker shares previously recorded reflections from other city residents on issues of rising seas. As visitors listen, they’re enveloped in information we rarely share with each other -- our fundamental concerns, hopes & visions for our increasingly unimaginable future. 

At the end of the walkway, visitors are invited to use StreetSpeak, our mobile, storytelling platform to share their own reflections. An interface that allows people to tell & hear brief stories in response to various prompts, it asks visitors to reflect on what they’ve heard via other speakers & add their own perspectives to the conversation. 

While this iteration focuses on the impacts of sea level rise, Tell Me More is a prototype for a new kind of civic engagement. Installed in public spaces, it creates a context for strangers to reflect & converse with each other about issues of change & vulnerability in our built environments, creating broader community-based conversations about the challenges & opportunities of modern urban life. From impacts of climate change to economic inequality to gentrification, Tell Me More is a collective space for processing our concerns about the ways our communities & cities are changing.

It’s also a valuable data collection tool. Gathering people’s reflections provides valuable insight on the words & phrases people use to talk about change, about their fears, hopes & dreams. Their answers, comments & questions are critical for cultivating more approachable dialogues about our collective urban futures.