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Tuesday, September 27 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
(REF 27103) Building Resilient Societal/Communal Responses to Environmental Changes

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Governing institutions, whether at a local municipality or a national government, must be prepared to react to changing environmental circumstances which threaten the safety and well-being of community members. Building resilient societal/communal responses to environmental changes frequently requires a shift in some tradition/accepted convention to mitigate causes of disaster (esp. climate-related) such as alternate power sources, changes in construction, changes in agricultural methods and food security.

The concept of resilience (in this case, implemented after an environmental issue) focus on “bouncing back better” from some a crisis. Highlighting the goal of improving the system after a disaster, rather than building back to the original state, offers the opportunity to encourage policymakers to implement positive changes to address the root cause of the problem, such as changing development policies on wetlands after flooding or incentivizing the use of alternate energy sources.

What is more, for many of us, kindness or compassion begins with our family. However, research tells us that Kindness or Compassion was a part of our prehistoric past and linked to our survival. Today, in our polarized world, science and technology promise to save us from many of the problems that face us, not the least of which are the effects of climate change. Whether by the goal-driven model of applied science or the curiosity-driven model that belies pure science, how can [ethics] kindness and compassion inform our outcome?

This session is cross-promoted with the STAR-TIDES Fireside Chat series. Coordinated through George Mason University's Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC), the mission of STAR-TIDES is to build capacity for resilience. We achieve our mission by facilitating a global knowledge-sharing network focused on the following seven platforms: Energy, Housing & Infrastructure, Water & Sanitation, Agriculture & Food Security, Information & Communications Technology, Mobility & Transportation, and Health Care.

To learn more about STAR-TIDES, please visit https://star-tides.net.

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Aaron Rose

Founder and Managing Director, Global Tactics
Aaron Rose is a trusted advisor to business, government, and nonprofit leaders around the world. As founder and managing director of Global Tactics, he advises clients on how the world is changing and how this creates opportunities to be seized and risks to be managed. His work includes implementing strategies for international growth management by evaluating market readiness, barriers of entry, sales and marketing plans, and... Read More →

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John Francis, PhD

Planet Walker
John Francis’ environmental work began in 1971, when he witnessed a tanker collision and oil spill in San Francisco Bay. As an affirmation of his responsibility to our planet, he chose to stop using motorized vehicles and began walking wherever he went. His decision was greeted... Read More →
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Madeline Haas

Advisory Board Member, STAR-TIDES
Madeline Haas is a systems engineer at BAE Systems, focused on implementing systems modeling strategies. She also serves as a member of the STAR-TIDES advisory board and works as an editor on INCOSE’s Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge, which is an accessible resource of systems engineering knowledge for educators, professionals, and students.Madeline is currently pursuing a master’s degree in operations research at George Mason University. As an undergraduate student at GMU, she worked with the Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities to develop an AI algorithm to optim... Read More →
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Kathryn Laskey, PhD

Director Emerita, Center for Resilience and Sustainable Communities, George Mason University
Kathryn Blackmond Laskey is Professor Emerita of Systems Engineering and Operations Research and Director Emerita of the the Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC) at George Mason University. C-RASC performs transdisciplinary research on sustainable community resilience... Read More →
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Tonya Thornton, PhD

Principal, Delta Point Solutions
Prior to establishing Delta Point Solutions, LLC, Dr. Tonya E. Thornton (Neaves) was the Director of Grants at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. In this role, she worked closely with faculty in developing proposals and securing contracts while also securing her own. She was also a Research Assistant... Read More →
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Linton Wells II, PhD

Dr. Linton Wells II brings more than twenty years of leadership experience at the interface of policy and technology. Recent research has focused on international cyber resilience and critical infrastructure protection, building resilience in the space domain, electromagnetic spectrum... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
  • Region Global
  • Host Organization STAR-TIDES