First Annual "Blue Skies"  + Island Resiliency Forum Summit Registration
Nov
13
to Nov 14

First Annual "Blue Skies" + Island Resiliency Forum Summit Registration

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In partnership with Florida International University, ISD is hosting the First Annual “Blue Skies” Summit in Miami, Florida. This event is centered around the theme of “blue skies” because the day a disaster happens is the worst time to exchange business cards, get information, and make your plans – preferably you want to make these connections under blue skies.  

This summit will bring together state and local government leads, private sector leads, academic experts, and federal and national government stakeholders to discuss climate adaptation challenges, education and workforce development, innovation and best practices, and financing recovery, resilience, and development. 

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May
17
3:00 PM15:00

Long-Term Recovery Call Series: Focus on Empowering Low and Moderate Income Communities through Skill-Sharing, Volunteerism and Technology

Karla Ballard, CEO of YING, will lead Friday’s LTR discussion focusing on empowering low and moderate income (LMI) communities through skill-sharing, volunteerism, and technology. After disasters, LMI communities and neighborhoods can sometimes feel abandoned, isolated, neglected, and depressed. Some times they can be the last to receive outside assistance. But many LMI neighborhoods and communities have tremendous social and human capital. This discussion will talk about lessons learned about mapping and building on these assets, and the tremendous benefits that can accrue.

To sign up for ISD’s long-term recovery phone call series, subscribe HERE.

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May
13
to May 14

Prepared Community Series: Economic Recovery & Resilience Training for Community Leaders Responding to the California Wildfires

This workshop will help community leaders to come back faster and more resiliently from a major event, whether manmade or natural. It focuses on:

  • Saving small businesses from bankruptcy and long-term losses

  • Getting people back to work and generating employment in the community

  • Helping to build financial capacity and technical tools to promote community economic recovery

  • Essential marketing and communications tools for branding and customer re-acquisition

In light of the terrible wildfires of 2017 and 2018, not only will this workshop benefit community leaders who are coping with long-term recovery challenges, it will also help leaders who have yet to face a disaster, but have the foresight to prepare against the future.

Presented by Tate, Inc.

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Lessons Learned About Advancing Community Health with David Minifie, Centene's Chief Experience Officer and Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab
Apr
15
3:00 PM15:00

Lessons Learned About Advancing Community Health with David Minifie, Centene's Chief Experience Officer and Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab

Community health is one of the core components of community sustainability, but in many ways it is an issue that tends to fly under the radar screen, both in terms of health care public policy debates and community development discussions. Understanding community health should be a key priority for any corporate citizenship leader and community development leader and students seeking to pursue careers in these fields. Dave Minifie, Chief Experience Officer at Centene, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the United States, will walk through some of the key issues that the fast-growing managed care company has experienced, share lessons learned, and discuss future strategies for consideration.

For additional background about the importance of corporate involvement in community health, see Babson College and IO Sustainability’s Project ROI report on this subject.

With Special Guest: Cheryl Kiser, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute and Babson Social Innovation Lab

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 About: C. DAVID MINIFIE, Chief Experience Officer & EVP, Corporate Strategy

C. David Minifie joined Centene, a Fortune 100, multi-national health care enterprise, in April, 2012, as the company’s first Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. He currently serves as Chief Experience Officer & Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy.  He brings a high degree of discipline to his areas of responsibility to ensure that Centene lives its purpose “To transform the health of the community, one person at a time.” 

 About: CHERYL KISER, Executive Director, The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

As the Executive Director of The Lewis Institute for Social Innovation and The Babson Social Innovation Lab, Cheryl is responsible for Babson’s work in integrating social innovation and social entrepreneurship into its curriculum and co-curricular activities. Employing Entrepreneurial Thought & Action as Babson’s key methodology for spurring social innovation in all sectors, Cheryl is developing Babson as the “go to place“ for global social entrepreneurship resources, activities, relationships, networks, knowledge and convenings.

Cheryl’s passion for promoting healthy living started when she was born. Her grandmother was a vegan and her mother was a pioneer in the natural food industry, founding The Golden Sheaf Natural Foods in 1969. Cheryl is also active in her brother’s two food entrepreneurial ventures, Garden Grille, a vegetarian restaurant, and Wildflour, a gluten-free, vegan bakery in Providence, Rhode Island. Cheryl is also the co-creator of Food Sol an “action tank” at Babson’s Social Innovation Lab dedicated to using entrepreneurship to redesign the food system.

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Apr
5
3:00 PM15:00

Long-Term Recovery Call: Spotlight on Hurricane Michael Recovery

ISD’s weekly long-term recovery call will spotlight the economic and housing recovery from Hurricane Michael. While many people think of it as having travel and tourism impacts because of the effect it had on Mexico Beach, there are also agricultural, timber, military, and government service impacts as well. This call will look at the complexity of the Hurricane Michael Recovery and how local community leaders are navigating through it.

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Mar
28
8:30 AM08:30

Forum on Housing Innovation and Best Practices for Disaster Recovery and Resilience

ISD, Fannie Mae and FEMA are pleased to host a Spotlight Forum on Housing Innovation and Best Practices for Disaster Recovery and Resilience in Washington, DC on March 28. Housing is the number one cost driver for communities after disasters. The 2017-2018 cycle of disasters have been brutal to communities from Puerto Rico to the Florida Keys and panhandle, Texas, California, and beyond. The Forum is divided into four parts: (1) identifying the housing issues that disaster recovery and community development leaders are most interested in solving, (2) surfacing challenges that community leaders in current disaster impact zones are facing, (3) showcasing possible innovations and solutions, and (4) developing recommendations for ongoing encouragement and development of innovative housing solutions.

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Mar
22
3:00 PM15:00

Long-Term Recovery Call: Spotlight on the Natural and Built Environment in Nebraska and Florida

Friday’s Long-Term Recovery Call will focus on the relationship between the natural environment and the built environment. This is particularly timely in light of the Midwest Floods, and it is perennially relevant for places like Florida and many other communities that face chronic flooding and storms.

Featuring: Stan Bronson, Co-Chair and Chief Visionary Officer, Global Center for Climate Resilience

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Feb
8
3:00 PM15:00

Weekly Long-Term Recovery Spotlight Call

Spotlight: Debris Removal and Waste Management Issues After Disasters

Moderator: Stephen Jordan, CEO, Institute for Sustainable Development

Presenters:  

  • Stacy Savage, CEO, Zero Waste Strategies

  • Chuck Vollmer, CEO, Jobenomics

Debris removal and waste management after disasters is a critical issue. Stacy Savage will lay out some of the challenges that recovery leaders should take into account in order to be successful. Chuck Vollmer will discuss possible strategies for monetizing this vital necessity.

Background Resources:

Please be advised that this call is designed to support community and business leaders and their partners involved in assisting the long-term recovery and resilience of communities that have been devastated by recent disasters. We operate under the Chatham House rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed to third parties without their consent. If you would like to cite any information or quotes from this call, we ask that you please confirm off-line with the speaker or source.

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Feb
1
3:00 PM15:00

Long-Term Recovery Spotlight Call

Spotlight: Health Recovery Issues in Puerto Rico

Hard to believe, but it has been 15 months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. As the island has stabilized, many institutions and systems are still a long way from returning to normal. One of the major challenges is the pressure on the over-all health care system and on hospitals in particular. This spotlight call will zero in on the issues facing the Pediatric Hospital.

Moderator: Stephen Jordan, CEO, Institute for Sustainable Development

Presenters: 

Beatriz Garcia, Executive Director, Fundación Hospital Pediatrico

Angie Santiago, Founder, El Centro Para Todos and ISD Senior Advisor


Other Topics

ISD California Wildfire Small Business Recovery report now availableFederal Government Reopens - what's next for recovery, resilience, and development? Status reports from long-term recovery sites

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Jan
28
5:00 PM17:00

Seminar on Sustainable Community Development Theory and Practice

Stephen Jordan will lead this discussion and provide a brief overview of the field of community development today and such topics as:

  • Defining the community eco-system

  • Development systems and their interdependencies

  • Working with community stakeholders

  • Development functions

  • Community development ROI

FREE for ISD Knowledge Network members - email: info@isdus.org for webinar log-in information.

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Jan
25
3:00 PM15:00

Long-Term Recovery Spotlight Call

ISD’s Spring 2019 Series of Spotlight Calls on Long-Term Recovery kicks off with a focus on Hurricane Michael recovery in the Florida panhandle. Joining ISD this week is a man who wears two hats -- Ben Janke, Economic Development Director, City of Lynn Haven and Community Redevelopment Agency Director, Lynn Haven CRA.  Mr. Janke is a Certified Urban and Regional Planner with more than 16 years of professional experience helping businesses with real estate development, market research, project management and environmental permitting.  These days, much of his focus is on finding resources to help businesses recover from the devastating Category 4 storm which hit his community of 20,000 people in October 2018. The city is located within Bay County, which took the brunt of much of the storm, including a direct hit to nearby Mexico Beach. This is part of a 13-county Florida region that received a federal disaster declaration.  The declaration also extended to parts of Southern Georgia.

— Participating recovery leaders from other impact zones are invited to share status reports as we resume weekly calls (except for holidays) through May 24.

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Jan
8
3:30 PM15:30

Using ISO Standards to Improve Community Resilience

Presenter: Robert B. Pojasek, Ph.D.

Date/Time:January 26, 2018; 3:00PM Eastern Time

Free for ISD Supporters and Council Members; $79 for Non-Members

Community preparation and response to large storms and wildfires has become extremely expensive in more ways than one.  This has prompted Moody’s to change its ratings on community development. https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-Climate-change-is-forecast-to-heighten-US-exposure-to--PR_376056. It is likely that other rating setting organizations will follow suit.  Lower ratings for communities involved in long-term recovery efforts means capital costs will be compounded and have a ripple effect on community services and future plans.

A new sustainability standard for communities (ISO 37101:2016) has been developed that can help with these issues.  This webinar will explain it, and demonstrate how the use of the standard will lead to enhanced mitigation and financial access outcomes (http://bit.ly/2y9YLDs ).  Implementing this standard can forestall the lower ratings for communities that have been affected by last year’s large events.

Bob Pojasek has literally written the book on how to use international standards to advance management practices at the business, municipal and city level.  He is the author of “Organizational Risk Management and Sustainability: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide.”  (http://tiny.cc/xz3fhy)  Pojasek teaches an online, open enrollment course (“Fundamentals of Organizational Sustainability”) at Harvard University Division of Continuing Education.  He has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Corporate Responsibility Association and as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Sustainability Professionals.  

Link for Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-iso-standards-to-improve-community-resilience-tickets-41959460877

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