Resilience, Sustainability, and the Humanities

If you missed Majora Carter’s keynote lecture at the School of Humanities Symposium, there’s a nice little summary and review of it on the Messiah College homepage.

A snippet:

“True resiliency is not about surviving; it’s about thriving,” said Majora Carter during Messiah College’s annual Humanities Symposium Feb. 26-28. Carter, an urban revitalization strategist and keynote speaker for the symposium, spoke about the idea of resiliency and community development, and their positive implications on society. A South Bronx native, Carter has a passion for creating social cohesion and economic diversity in underdeveloped communities.  Her dreams have created amazing realities for many people in the South Bronx and beyond.

To Carter, social cohesion rests at the heart of every issue in sustainable community development.  In her address, Carter outlined four steps necessary to create social cohesion and to accomplish goals that enact substantial change: identify a target market, identify policy needs, design an attractive solution to the proposed need and launch the “beta version” of the project.  In Carter’s words, “you have to actually do something.”

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