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Lunch & Learn: Resilience Hubs

October 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Join NorCal Resilience Network founder Susan Silber for a lunchtime conversation about the Resilience Hubs Initiative, a place-based program offering some of the most promising and equitable approaches to scaling up local resilience. Susan will share her experiences and insights in developing a network of resilience hubs, spaces and blocks in Northern California, from finding funding to support projects to catalyzing an 8-month leadership training in collaboration with local governmental agencies. She will share stories as well as provide space for participants to dive into how to best develop this work in communities around the country.

About Resilience Hubs: Resilience Hubs are trusted community centers and spaces that serve as gathering places to distribute resources, exchange information and express community care while supporting community programs and demonstrations for climate solutions year round. Hubs focus on shifting power to the community. Resilience Hubs build on the strength of existing community-based organizations to help communities adapt to multiple perils, from pandemics to natural and climate change disasters.

This lunch &learn is being offered as part of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit. Please click here to learn more and register using our pay-what-you-can donation-based system to participate.


Feel free to bring your lunch to this Lunch & Learn session!

Susan Silber has worked as both a community organizer and environmental educator for the past 30 years. She was introduced to community resilience after learning about the Transition Movement several years ago. Susan went on to help organize Transition Berkeley, co-produce several Permaculture Convergences and then founded the NorCal Resilience Network. Susan is also proud to have introduced thousands of youth to the joys of nature and coordinating environmental education programs, from serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica to writing the Berkeley Unified School District’s Sustainability Plan.

Keneda Gibson is a 3rd generation Oakland resilient, an artist, and community organizer with the East Oakland Neighborhood Initiative. She has been working to transform her grandmother’s house “(Granda’s house”) into a neighborhood resilience hub. She will share stories about her successes and visions for the future, from community gardening to creating a workshop space to working with high school youth.

Jessica Bates is an urban regenerative farmer who is committed to stewarding a healthy planet by teaching Urban Farmers Carbon Farming and no-till regenerative production practices. She is a founding organizer who has spent the past few years transforming her neighborhood into a model for resilience. In a collective effort to break away from isolation, build mutual support and trust she has been working with neighbors to form the La Colina Hill Community Circle over the past few years. Their organizing efforts include: regular community meetings, crop swaps, a community food forest, neighborhood disaster preparedness plan, monthly work parties, a tool and book lending library, and a 5,000 gallon rainwater catchment system for emergency use. The group has grown since 2017 from just a few neighbors to a loosely organized group of 50+ people.


October 5, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT


ReGenerative Communities Summit
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