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8:30 am Preparing for Natural Disasters from the Ground Up: Community-based Resiliency and Superstorm Sandy
Preparing for Natural Disasters from the Ground Up: Community-based Resiliency and Superstorm Sandy
Apr 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Cities across the globe are facing more frequent and more punitive natural disasters. At the same time, the U.S. federal government is showing reduced interest in and support for resiliency planning and recovery, making the efforts and leverage of local communities all the more critical. This panel will convene representatives from academia and government and practitioners in the field of disaster recovery and resiliency to address the strategies behind and implications of community-based resiliency (broadly considered). Using Superstorm Sandy as the context, panelists will reflect on the successes and challenges of past efforts and discuss strategies for moving forward. The panelists include: Drew Curtis from Ironbound Community Corporation (Newark, NJ); Michelle de la Uz from Fifth Avenue Committee (Brooklyn); Erika[...]
6:00 pm Book Launch: Learning from Shenzhen
Book Launch: Learning from Shenzhen
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Please join us for a reception celebrating the publication of Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City, edited by Mary Ann O’Donnell, Winnie Wong, and Jonathan Bach (University of Chicago Press, 2017). The book just received prominent mention in the latest Economist magazine special feature on the Pearl River Delta. This multidisciplinary volume presents an account of China’s contemporary transformation via one of its most important yet overlooked cities: Shenzhen, located just north of Hong Kong. From an experimental site as the first of China’s special economic zones, Shenzhen is now a dominant city at the crossroads of the global economy, a UNESCO City of Design, and the hub of China’s emerging technology industries. A[...]
7:00 pm Organizing 101 with Ben Yee
Organizing 101 with Ben Yee
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 26 @ 9:00 pm
Ben Yee will be joining us to discuss how to prepare for reclaiming and reintegrating the country. He’ll be covering the basics of organizing, political campaigns, and moderated dialogue. Ben Yee started his career as a fundraiser and Digital Director for Barack Obama in 2008. After, he was recruited by the newly-elected Democratic State Senate to help revamp their IT infrastructure. In 2009, the corruption in the Senate was profound. In the first year, his team saved the chamber $1.3M. Post Senate, he dedicated myself to better politics through empowering people. He joined Reinvent Albany, a good-government nonprofit invested in reforming the Young Democrats, and founded a startup to empower citizens. After Obama ‘08, Ben joined Manhattan Young Democrats. There,[...]