Stories of Resilience From 2020

A year of intense challenges also offers a chance to break from the unsustainable, inequitable status quo.

March 10, 2021, 8:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The Island Press Urban Resilience Project has collected stories of resilience from the most difficult year in a century in a new free e-book called Resilience Matters: Reimagining the Future in a Tumultuous Year.  

"2020 brought a deadly pandemic, crippling recession, protests against racial injustice, and bitter political division—all against a backdrop of unprecedented climate change impacts," according to the promotional material for the e-book. All of those disruptions and challenges allowed a new vantage point, however, and many people have used the new perspective to imagine a new kind of future. The book collects original articles and op-eds that do just that kind of productive work.

Authors included in the book include Angie Schmitt, Daniel Parolek, Mustafa Santiago Ali, Calvin Gladney, Jacqueline Patterson, Bechara Choucair, Corinne Kisner, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. The entire work is edited by Laurie Mazur.

Monday, March 8, 2021 in Island Press

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