You’re Invited! Please join ECC’s March 29 Twitter Chat on Anchor Institutions & Resilience

Series on Equity, Economy & Climate Resilience Continues in April & May

We welcome you to participate in ECC’s March 29 Twitter chat on the role of anchor institutions in strengthening the physical, social and economic resilience of their urban communities. The conversation begins at 3 pm EDT.

ECC is co-hosting the upcoming chat with MIT CoLab, which regularly convenes such Twitter conversations. Our first joint venture was on February 25 and focused on local advocacy and community-building efforts around clean energy and climate mitigation. If you missed it, the transcript – a series of tweets incorporating the hashtag citychat (#citychat) – is available here.

Anchors and Resilience

The March 29 chat will explore how anchor institutions are helping to build a just, sustainable, high-road economy while bolstering climate resilience. Rooted in a particular place for the long term – and with considerable purchasing power – major local nonprofit institutions including hospitals, universities and community colleges have an important role to play. You can preview the questions that will shape the March 29 conversation here.

The panelists set to launch the discussion are:

  • Health Care Without Harm Co-Founder and President Gary Cohen;
  • Democracy Collaborative Director of Special Projects and Senior Advisor to the President Steve Dubb;
  • Emerald Cities Oakland Director Tara Marchant, who oversees ECC’s tri-city Anchors for Resilient Communities initiative; and
  • ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild.

If you have a Twitter account, you can join the conversation by following #citychat. But even if you have not yet ventured into the “Twitterverse” and don’t have a Twitter account, you can watch the conversation unfold here.

Chats in April, May

The final two Twitter chats in our series will be held on Thursday, April 28, and Thursday, May 26, also at 3 pm EDT.

The April chat will explore the importance of robust community engagement and social capital in facilitating recovery from natural disasters and extreme weather events.

The May topics are infrastructure as a factor in climate adaptation and community wealth-building and the importance of local hiring and support for community businesses.

Please “tune in” for what promises to be a thoughtful and inspiriting conversation at 3 pm EDT on Tuesday, March 29. We look forward to chatting with you!


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