Community Resilience Workshop - April 17th 9:30 - 5 pm

posted Apr 13, 2010, 12:29 AM by Ania Moniuszko
Community Resilience Workshop - April 17th 9:30 - 5 pm

Recession, rising prices, climate change: our communities are feeling the crunch. How do we build stronger communities in tough times? Support our families in ways that help our planet instead of harming it? Develop solutions to multiple challenges at once? If you’re active in your community, you’re probably thinking about these questions.

No one has all the answers, but we do have pieces of the solution that can be fit together to match the needs of your community. This Community Resilience Workshop is for people engaged in their community anywhere in the Bay Area to explore:

-          Specific impacts of climate change and peak oil in the Bay Area
-          What community resilience looks like
-          Assessing strengths, weaknesses, and opportunity in your community
-          Innovative models from other communities you can adapt for yours
-          Identifying priorities for your community to build resilience
-          Getting involved in the bigger political change we need to address these challenges

Sponsored by Bay Localize and TransitionSF

Workshop lead: Kirsten Schwind, Program Director, Bay Localize

Kirsten Schwind is the author of Bay Localize’s Community Resilience Toolkit, and brings a diverse background in environmental policy and social justice. Kirsten holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy and an M.S. in Natural Resources Management. She has worked with a number of Bay Area nonprofits including as Program Director at Food First, and currently serves as the chair of the City of Berkeley’s Energy Commission. She co-authored the report Tapping the Potential of Urban Rooftops, which won an award from the American Planning Association’s California Chapter. Kirsten lived for several years in Latin Americaand is fluent in Spanish.

April 17th, 9:30 - 5 pm

California Pacific Medical Center
Enright Room
2333 Buchanan St
San Francisco, CA 94115 or 
 Cell: 415.819.9663
Please indicate which organization you are with and your location

Cost: Suggested donation to Bay Localize


Dear Community Resilience Workshop Participants,


We’re looking forward to seeing you on April 17th for some great community planning!


Bay Localize and Transition San Francisco have been putting our heads together to make this workshop as productive and inspiring for you as possible.


We’d like to ask you to do a little prep for the workshop. We’ve got a small research assignment for you to dig into the history of change in your own community. Please bring the results with you to share at the workshop.


Your assignment: identify an example of a change in your neighborhood in the last 80 years or so that made it a more fair place for everyone to live. We mean “fair” in the sense of equal rights. Who was involved in making the change, and how did they make the change happen?  Feel free to search on the web or ask neighbors. Examples could include ending housing discrimination, desegregating schools, equal access to jobs, etc. The effort could be ongoing, or something you you’ve been involved in, or completely new to you.


Why are we asking you to research this question?  For a couple of reasons. One, since we are setting out to create change for greater resilience in our communities, we can learn from how local social movements have created change in the past. Often we stand on the shoulders of giants. Two, some of the folks who made these changes may still be out there, and can serve as valuable resources for us. Three, it gets us thinking about how resilience and social justice interrelate.


Here’s an example I looked up about my community of Berkeley. Via Google I found the website of my local library had great resources at I had no idea Berkeley had such a dramatic public struggle over housing discrimination, resulting in groundbreaking state legislation.


Change: Laws passed preventing housing discrimination.


Who got it done: Initially, a group of African American Berkeley residents who helped get new liberal white City Council members elected to support their cause. When the council passed a law ending housing discrimination in Berkeley, more conservative residents got the law overturned. In response William Byron Rumford, the first African American state assembly representative elected in our district, passed California’s Rumford Fair Housing Act of 1963. Rumford was elected by a coalition of CIO union activists, white liberals and African American voters.


How: Electoral change. Political organizing across race and class to build coalitions that got public officials elected at the local and state levels, who were able to change laws.


There are all sorts of ways to create change, which we’ll talk about. Enjoy digging into the rich history of your community! I look forward to our day together on the 17th.