Organizing for Resilience: A Conversation with Rob Hopkins & Gopal Dayaneni
Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
Join Rob Hopkins and Gopal Dayaneni to explore paradigm-shifting strategies for building a world that is truly just, sustainable, and resilient. Learn from communities from the Bay Area to Brazil to Japan to the UK that are redesigning their food, energy, and economic systems from the bottom up to serve people and the planet rather than profits.
Organized by Transition US, Post Carbon Institute, and Movement Generation.
Location: The Grand Lake Theater (3200 Grand Ave Oakland)
Doors open at 7:00pm
Arrive early for networking with Transitioners and other community organizations who are working to build a more resilient Bay Area.
Conversation with Rob Hopkins and Gopal Dayaneni 7:30-9:00pm
Rob Hopkins is a British permaculture educator and founder of the international Transition Town Movement. We are excited to welcome Rob for his first - and likely only - visit to the US. Rob has a no-flying pledge which he decided to break as our planet crossed the 400ppm threshold of CO2 in the atmosphere earlier this year in order to come to the US to make the case for investing in local action.
Rob launched the first Transition Initiative in Ireland in 2005. Since then, the Transition Movement has taken root in 43 countries, with 142 Transition Towns in the US and more than 1,000 around the world. Rob continues lending his energy, ideas, and voice to the Transition Movement as it grows and deepens around the world, in addition to working with his own community, Transition Totnes, to pioneer innovative Transition strategies and projects like REconomy and Transition Streets. Rob's new book, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, launched in June and has received rave reviews.
Rob was the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, is an Ashoka Fellow and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists.
In the words of Bill McKibben:
“In the leaking ship that we’ve made of our planet, the Transition movement is like a flotilla of life rafts. And they’ve come not to pull us off the earth, but to help us patch it and make it right. There’s no one on earth who’s just done more stuff–and inspired more doing – than Rob Hopkins."
Gopal Dayaneni is an activist who has worked for social, economic, and environmental justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, and speaking since the late 1980′s. Gopal currently works with The Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project, which provides in-depth analysis and information about the global ecological crisis and facilitates strategic planning for action among leading organizers from urban Bay Area organizations working for economic and racial justice in communities of color. Recently Gopal hosted conversations with environmental leaders Joanna Macy and Vandana Shiva.
Gopal has been a campaigner for Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition on human rights and environmental justice in the high-tech industry and the Oil Campaigner for Project Underground, a human rights and environmental rights organizations which supported communities resisting oil and mining exploitation around the world. Gopal has also provided progressive organizations with support in Strategic Communications and Campaign Planning through the Design Action Collective and is an active trainer and organizer with the Ruckus Society and a member of the Progressive Communicators Network. Gopal is also an elementary and early childhood educator, working formerly as a teacher and as the co-director of the Tenderloin Childcare Center, a community based childcare center supporting children and families forced into homelessness.
This conversation will be moderated by Pandora Thomas, Transition US Board member and co-founder of Earthseed Consulting LLC, a holistic consulting firm whose work deepens the impacts of environmental advocacy in the lives of diverse communities.
This event is being co-sponsored by many amazing community organizations including: 350.org, BALLE, Bay Bucks, Bay Localize, Building Resilient Communities Convergence, Daily Acts, East Bay Cohousing & California Cohousing, Generation Waking Up, Global Exchange, HUB Oakland, Living Mandala, Northern California Regional Transition Network, Shareable, SF Urban Agriculture Alliance, Students for Economic and Environmental Justice, Sustainable Economies Law Center, Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory, and UC Berkeley's Environmental Law School.
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