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November 17, 2022
11:00 am
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Pacific Time

Join us for this free two-part online event where we will explore:

  1. What kinds of disasters and challenges we should anticipate in this Age of Crisis;
  2. Why social ties are so crucial in determining how well our families and communities fare;
  3. Where mutual aid and other forms of solidarity have transformed the fate of communities across the US and abroad; and
  4. How you can help build social ties and mutual aid networks in your own community. 

You only need to register once to attend both events (November 10 and November 17, 2022). Choose a registration option:

Live sessions only

Live sessions plus event recordings

About the event

Across the globe and near to home, communities find themselves more and more challenged, as they grapple with climate-driven natural disasters, growing houselessness and hunger, the high prices of energy and other essential needs, heightened political tensions, and the lingering impacts of the pandemic.

As we more fully enter an era where converging crises are the norm, the strength of our social ties and our communities’ ability to come together may make all the difference in how well we prepare, respond, and recover. 

Session 1

November 10. In the first half of our free two-part online event series, we'll explore why social ties are so critical and why mutual aid is more crucial than ever as we face the Great Unraveling.

Daniel P. Aldrich, professor of political science and Director of the Security and Resilience Studies Program at Northeastern University, has studied social capital’s role in building resilience of communities and their abilities to recover post-disaster. He researches post-disaster recovery, countering violent extremism, the siting of controversial facilities, and the interaction between civil society and the state. Dr. Aldrich defines social capital as the ties that bind us to other people and argues that these ties are one of our most important resources in a disaster.

Amira Odeh was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is a Senior Organizer at 350.org and co-founder of both the Caribbean Climate Network and Caribe Siembra. Amira began her environmental activism and justice career while in college, where she received a degree in hydrology, by fostering sustainable water consumption on campus, the success of which led her to receive the Brower Youth Award in 2013. After Hurricane Maria wiped out 80% of Puerto Rico’s agriculture, Amira and colleagues at CYEN launched “Regreen Puerto Rico,” a grassroots effort to plant fruit trees and food plants across Puerto Rico.

Richard Heinberg is the author of fourteen books including Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival, The Party’s OverPowerdownPeak Everything, and The End of Growth. He is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels.­­

Session 2

November 17. In the second half of our free two-part online event, we'll hear inspiring stories and discuss what each of us can do to promote more mutual aid in our own communities.

Dean Spade has been working to build queer and trans liberation based in racial and economic justice for the past two decades. He’s an author, documentary director, and the creator of the mutual aid toolkit at BigDoorBrigade.com. His latest book, Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next), offers both a theoretical understanding of mutual aid and practical tools for sustaining this crucial movement work. Spade defines mutual aid as “collective coordination to meet each other’s needs, usually from an awareness that the systems we have in place are not going to meet them. Those systems, in fact, have often created the crisis.”

Joanna Swan, harm reductionist and organizer with Streetwatch LA, trained by and in coalition with Skid Row organizers at Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN). Streetwatch works with unhoused communities to fight the criminalization of poverty, and acknowledges that collective liberation and an end to homelessness will not be achieved through charity frameworks that ultimately serve to uphold racial capitalism. Joanna is currently organizing with unhoused tenants of a COVID-funded Project Roomkey hotel as they fight for dignity and permanent housing, in the face of evictions and compounded harm from the city.

Aliza Tuttle is a Senior Research Assistant at Portland State University. She is a Food Action Team Facilitator for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and co-founded It’s On Us Corvallis (IOU) as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Tuttle saw the effects on the local food community and on the community-at-large she wanted to do something that brought people together and challenged emergency food systems, charity, and the meaning of food aid. 

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You only need to register once to attend both events (November 10 and November 17, 2022). Choose a registration option:

Live sessions only

Live sessions plus event recordings

Before the event

Submit your questions for our panelists so we know what ideas you want to discuss, issues you want to address, and strategies you’d like to learn and use in your own communities.

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About these events

Post Carbon Institute’s “Take Action” series of online events is designed to influence participants to take action toward building resilience in their lives and communities. Thousands of people have attended our Take Action webinars that tackle tough issues such as improving access to healthy food, communicating effectively with skeptics about climate change, and maintaining mental health during trying times.

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Published October 6, 2022