In 2017, Hurricane Harvey’s rains flooded 204,000 homes and apartment buildings, and nearly three quarters of these lay outside the federally regulated 100-year flood plain (an area with a 1 percent probability of flooding on any given year). Hurricane Harvey delivered excessive and unusual anthropogenic climate change-related precipitation levels.
There are moments in life when the stars align and you rush to go where the path leads. In 2016, we had the opportunity to help inform developing health policy and programs in California—and we took it. We created two ethnographic videos designed to be used by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to inform policymakers at the state and federal levels, senior program designers, legislators, and service organizations in California.
Future prognostications tend to baffle each successive generation, as familiar technologies and approaches branch off in surprising directions. Predicting the future of anthropological policy studies, including its makings, workings, contexts, agents, and effects, is thus akin to tracing an individual wave during a tsunami.