2 Upcoming Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Care at Scale: Thinking About Our Shared Infrastructure

Mon., Apr. 22, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

One Brattle Square - Suite 470

Our infrastructural networks, including water, electricity, transportation and telecommunications, underpin our lives, and they are a crucial way that we take care of each other—so much so that they are effectively invisible in their very ubiquity.

But with wildfires across California, contaminated water in Flint, the yearlong blackout in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and gas explosions north of Boston last fall, infrastructure has been headline news. But these failures hide deeper issues: a crisis of underfunding and maintenance in the past and the present, and new concerns for the future.

Not only is our infrastructure particularly susceptible to a changing climate but, as a significant fraction of our energy footprint, it’s also a major source of carbon emissions. How do we create a future where our shared infrastructural systems are resilient, sustainable, and equitable?

image of desktop computer, keyboard, and mouse

image of desktop computer; keyboard and mouse

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Art of Advocacy

Wed., Apr. 24, 2019 | 12:15pm - 1:15pm

One Brattle Square - Suite 470

How can the power of citizen action make a real impact on public policy, from the local level to the global? Jim Shultz (Mid-Career MPA 1985) has been leading citizen action campaigns across the world for four decades and leads advocacy support projects on five continents. He has worked with indigenous communities in Bolivia, immigrant activists in California, health workers in South Africa and the global leadership of UNICEF.

Using two wildly different case studies – Resistance to Facial Recognition Surveillance Cameras in public schools in Lockport NY and the Water Revolt in Cochabamba, Bolivia – Jim will focus on how local citizen action can have a far wider impact.

Lunch will be served.