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    Citizen Discourse

    March 3; 7:00am PT

    Be inspired to transform your business to change the world. Do you ever wonder how successful businesses can be used as a force for good? Do you sometimes feel conflicted by the principles of capitalism? Do you wish to change the world around you whilst doing what you love? In this book, Gaurav Sinha, world-class businessman and entrepreneur, founder of Insignia in 2003, outlines the economics of empathy for life and for business. He offers actionable solutions to maintaining a successful trade in a changing global landscape where conscience, ethics, and authenticity are high on the agenda. The world is changing, perceptions are shifting, consumers are evolving, and this book will ensure your business keeps up.

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    Urban Resilience

    The current fire season is surely a clear indication that the nature of urban risk and disasters is changing. Hazards are increasing in intensity and frequency and their causes and after-effects are becoming more complex. As urban corridors continue to be built in areas where hazards are commonplace, growing numbers of people will be living with a constant threat of environmental upheaval and climate change. Indeed the United Nations estimates 6.3 billion people – 68 per cent of the world’s population – will be living in urban areas by 2050. Many of these growing cities are located on the coast or in other areas that are increasingly threatened by floods, storms, earthquakes, fires, heat or cold waves and drought. Disaster management and policy responses have mainly focused on building, sustaining or restoring socio-economic, environmental and physical structures and systems for housing rehabilitation, water and sanitation and food security. But what about the mental and emotional wellbeing of people affected by these disasters?

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    Compassionate Food

    March 11, 8:00am PT

    Compassionate communities and cities need healthy and safe food to thrive.  This webinar is for all compassionate initiatives--mega-cities, towns and villages.

    As part of its activities for a more compassionate Pune, India, we have launched the Annadata movement (Annadata means the provider of food.) The movement aims to connect organic farmers in and around Pune to consumers in the city, and to address shared challenges in the safe food ecosystem. These are expanding awareness of both producers and consumers, building ethical and efficient supply chains, reducing waste, supporting and training organic farmers. The Annadata Citizens’ movement works like an organism which is a coalition of NGOs, entrepreneurs, civic workers, organic farmers, teachers, students, citizens and volunteers. Learn more about the webinar and register here.

    Grief and Climate

    March 16, 2020

    How do we mourn the loss of wild animal species or widespread destruction of natural environs? What is the connection between humans and wild nature that is broken? What is the source of our grief and where can we find comfort? When we lose a member of the human family, we enact rituals of mourning: loving placement of the body into the earth, flowers placed on graves, and gathering to remember. These are accepted, seen as normal, healthy, and a way to heal. But there are no accepted human rituals for mourning the loss of wild animals and environs. How can we understand and share the meaning of loss when society views the deceased as having no familial relation to us? Participants in this course will explore issues surrounding the death of species and habitats, including our own. We will find ways to grieve and to hope. The course runs for 4 weeks and will include two one-hour interactive sessions online. Each live session will be available in two different times slots for participants in different parts of the world. Learn more about the course and register here.

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