Dismantling Economic Inequality: Global Perspectives, Local Strategies
We were very fortunate to have Kumi Naidoo, Special Advisor to the Green Economy Coalition; Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus; and Lynn Benander, Co-Manager of the People’s Solar Energy Fund (PSEF), share strategies for how we can build a more sustainable and equitable society for us all.
- Kumi Naidoo Facebook and Twitter
- Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr. Twitter
- Hip Hop Caucus
- Co-op Power
- People’s Solar Energy Fund
Overcoming Political Polarization
During this event, Kimberly Doell, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at New York University, John Wood, Jr., national spokesperson for the bipartisan organization Braver Angels, and Lee Drutman, Senior Fellow in the Political Reform program at New America explored two drivers of polarization: the neurological and psychological characteristics of individuals that promote tribalism, and the cultural constructs and social institutions that reinforce personal tendencies toward “us vs. them” thinking.
Taking Back Our Economy: Reversing Inequality & Rebuilding Local Economies Post-Pandemic
In this 75-minute webinar, Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of the Institute of Local Self Reliance, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chief of Race, Wealth, and Community at National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Chuck Collins, Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies lead us through effective strategies for how we can all build a resilient local economy where we live.
- National Community Reinvestment Coalition
- Institute for Policy Studies
- Institute for Local Self-Reliance
- ILSR Independent Business Initiative
Recipe for Action: Building Food Security in Insecure Times
Hear what Danielle Nierenberg, Co-founder and President of Food Tank, Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage, and Melissa DeSa, Working Food Community Programs Director have to say about the failures of our global food system, how the largest segment of working America has been left without food and economic safety nets, and inspiring ideas for improving food security in our own communities.
- One Fair Wage
- One Fair Wage Emergency Fund
- ROC National Diners’ Guide
- There Is No Going Back
- Food Tank
- Working Food
United by the Climate Crisis with Katharine Hayhoe
In this 75-minute webinar we explored ways to discover common ground with uncommon allies. Renowned climate scientist and woman of faith, Katharine Hayhoe, shared stories of introducing climate science to people who, on the surface, seemed too disinterested to engage with the issues. Dr. Hayhoe talked about how to make connections in unexpected places, and why it’s crucial to unite beyond politics, religion, and culture in addressing the climate crisis.
- Katharine’s TED talk – “The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it”
- “Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe” YouTube series
- Collection of Katharine’s favorite articles from 2019
- #TalkingClimate Handbook: How to have conversations about climate change
Staying Sane in the Time of Coronavirus: Leslie Davenport on mental and emotional well-being
PCI Executive Director Asher Miller speaks with licensed psychotherapist Leslie Davenport on how to care for the mental and emotional well-being of ourselves and loved ones as we navigate social isolation and anxiety in the face of COVID-19. Leslie Davenport is a licensed integrative psychotherapist, and climate psychology consultant, and the author of Emotional Resilience in the Era of Climate Change.
Uncharted Territory: Nate Hagens view on how the coronavirus could affect the economy
PCI Executive Director Asher Miller speaks with Nate Hagens on the near- and long-term implications of COVID-19 on the financial system, energy, and the overall economy. This was recorded on March 16, 2020. Nate is the co-founder of Institute for the Study of Energy and the Future, an adjunct professor at University of Minnesota, and a Fellow at Post Carbon Institute. After leaving his job on Wall Street, Nate got a PhD in Ecological Economics and was the long-time editor of the popular energy analysis website, The Oil Drum.
We Need To Talk! How to Have Difficult Conversations about the Climate Crisis
In this webinar with Karin Kirk and Dr. Susanne Moser, we learn how to grow past our own reluctance and have impactful conversations with anyone about the climate crisis.
Where Will Our Food Come From?
Are you concerned about how climate change is affecting what we eat? Can you imagine getting all of your food from local producers? Or a food system that was regenerative—rather than destructive? We hosted a special online event with three remarkable speakers: Gail Taylor, a social activist and owner and operator of Three Part Harmony Farm, an urban vegetable farm focused on creating a viable and just local food economy; Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin of Regenerative Agriculture Alliance who was awarded a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship for his groundbreaking work in food and regenerative agriculture; and Jason Bradford, author of The Future is Rural: Food System Adaptations to the Great Simplification, farmer, and board president for Post Carbon Institute. During this event we heard how these inspirational activists are working to revitalize our local food systems and came away with actionable ideas for how we can all do the same.
Climate Solutions: What Every Parent and Community Member Needs to Know and Do
Asher Miller has a compelling, emotionally charged message about treating climate change like the emergency it is. Although his presentation will appeal to anyone who cares about the climate and the fate of future generations, it’s especially relevant for parents of young children. In fact, Asher explains these 10 things every parent should do to respond to the climate crisis: (1) Recognize that this is, in fact, an emergency; (2) Own this, but not on your own; (3) Talk to your kids; (4) Set aside 1 hour a week, to begin with, to work on this; (5) Shift your personal and household choices; (6) Put your town or city on an emergency footing; (7) Engage politically at the state and national level; (8) Build resilience in your community; (9) Engage your kids in decision-making; and (10) Connect to nature and each other. Please watch the video or visit this webpage for additional information.
Creating a Sustainable Future: Rob Dietz
Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources presented by Rob Dietz. This is the first video in a sustainability speaker series sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Recorded 4/24/19
Taking Meaningful Action in a Time of Crisis
A web-based conversation with three remarkable agents of change: Tim DeChristopher, who risked his freedom to oppose fossil fuel extraction on public lands; Nick Tilsen, who is creating a regenerative, sustainable future for his community on the Oglala Lakota Native American reservation; and Sarah Peters, an environmental engineer who won public office on a climate change platform. During this 90-minute roundtable discussion you’ll hear about these three very different paths of engagement and come away with concrete ideas for how you can answer the question: “What can I do?”
Your Money, Your Life and the Fate of the Planet
Best-selling author of Your Money or Your Life Vicki Robin, Grant Sabatier, author of Financial Freedom, and Post Carbon Institute Executive Director Asher Miller discuss how to transform our relationship with money, what makes life worth living, how to tackle the environmental, energy, and economic challenges we face, and practical strategies for building financial independence to free up our time for what really matters.