Community Adaptation and Resilience

...In an Era of Wild Weather, Weird Economics, and Disasters

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Dr. Stephen Maack helps organizations and communities become better, more efficient, and more effective than they already are. His varied background includes work as an urban and regional planner, public housing administrator, university institutional researcher , Director of Insitutional Research, and adjunct professor. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California and has previously lived in Illinois, New York, Minnesota, Senegal and France.

Stephen owns REAP Change Consultants, founded in 2002, which delivers social science research, program evaluation, needs assessment, academic assessment, strategic planning and organizational change services throughout the United States. REAP Change has provided local, statewide and national evaluations as prime or sub-contractor. As a sub-contractor of Arlene Hopkins and Associates Dr. Maack recently completed an evaluation of multi-year California Strategic Growth Council grants to 18 cities and counties throughout the state to do sustainable community planning.

He earned a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Illinois and then a Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Columbia University in New York City. His Ph.D. specialties included social change, applied, and economic anthropology.

Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 10:50 am | Updated: 5:04 pm, Thu Aug 2, 2018.

Learn how to identify and leverage opportunities presented by the imperative to transform your community into a more inviting and desirable place to live and work in this intensive 4-hour online course hosted by Sustainable City Network on Sept. 11 and 12.

Instructed by Dr. Stephen Maack of REAP Change Consultants, this course will provide an overview of the science behind climate change and other environmental disruptions and help attendees translate that science into policy, program and project initiatives. Understanding the real and potential impacts of these current and future disruptions on our community systems provides the basis for planning and implementing effective adaptive and sustainable responses.

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This workshop will consist of two 2-hour segments. The first will explain why regulatory changes and compliance actions alone will be insufficient for community adaptation and resilience in the face of climate and environmental changes. Instructor Stephen Maack will demonstrate how an understanding of systems and an integrative framework to foster cross-governance and collaboration can be developed for effective responses. He will provide attendees with insights into how communication and action can engage the community and develop support for new approaches. You'll learn best practices for developing Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and why "soft" approaches can result in improved outcomes over "hard" engineered solutions. This course will teach you how your community can plan and take pre-emptive actions now to mitigate future disaster risk, as well as to adapt toward a more resilient community.

The second segment will be an in-depth look at case studies that highlight different approaches to implementation, with multiple examples from communities and regions across the U.S.

Sessions will be held on Sept. 11 & 12, 2018. Each session will be recorded on video, so if you have to miss a live session, you'll have access to the recording on the following day and for 30 days thereafter. Register by Aug. 24 to take advantage of all discounts. (Group rates are available.)

All class sessions begin promptly at 10 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Mountain, Noon Central and 1 p.m. Eastern.

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