Andrew Zolli (see previous post) author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, is part of an association of change agents who have gathered together under the name “Pop Tech.” Andrew “curates” conferences which draw presenters from mostly-isolated “silos of excellence” together with knowledgeable audiences to foment resilient responses to the world’s challenges. Part of what comes out of the conferences are “Popcasts,” short videos on resilience I have found quite engaging.
Here’s one with a retired general and a neurobiologist who have worked together in Haiti and in Kenyan refugee camps, intervening to promote resilience in these traumatized populations and learning from the people what really works, for them. They are trying to work at the systems level, from helping people control anger and depression to nurturing cultures of empathy and helpfulness. They ask “what if we really don’t want to help the culture ‘bounce back’ to its situation before the disaster, what if we hope for more, better?”
Friends, Zolli’s book has been out for a year. Most of his Popcast presenters would “pass” in the establishment mainstream. I take great hope in the fact that the U.S. mainstream has a group of people who are looking at “The Great Disruption” and trying to get smart about responding to the major systems changes, from climate to finance.