July 2018: we gathered for three days in Newark, part of the NJ/NY metropolitan region with coastal neighborhoods & infrastructure vulnerable to storm surges and flooding. On Day One, we focused on the Crisis Convening topic. On Day Two & Three, the agenda-setting power moved to the participants for the Barnraising.
- Crisis Convening: Friday, July 13, 2018
- Barnraising: Saturday, July 14 - Sunday, July 15, 2018
El Salvador: REACCIÓN Red de Acción Comunitaria (Emilio Velis)
Puerto Rico: María Fund/ Center for Popular Democracy (Raquela Delgado-Valentin), Apoyo Mutuo Mariana (Luis Rodriguez), Radical Support Collective (Jessica Serrante -- also NYC)
Florida / Miami: Bridge To Hope (Reverend Vanessa Tinsley), Miami Climate Alliance (Salome Garcia), OpenReferral (Greg Bloom)
Texas / Houston: Dedicated and Committed (Eduardo Luna), The Salvation Army of Greater Houston (Melanie Pang), Coalition of Community Organizations (Reverend James Caldwell)
New York City: The Point CDC (Yamil Lora, Danny Peralta), Occupy Sandy (Goldi Guerra, Jill Cornell), Movement NetLab (Tammy Shapiro), Columbia University Earth Institute (Franziska Landes), Columbia University Journalism School (Rosalind Donald), IBM Call For Code (Luke Schantz), Sarapis Foundation (Devin Balkind), Civic Hall (Micah Sifry), GreenMap System (Wendy Brawer), Storyline (Rachel Falcone), Regional Plan Association (Calvin Ellis), Tableau Software (Nicholas Hara), Caron Atlas (Arts & Democracy Project), University of Shanghai (Ann Chen), Thomas Levine (self)
New Jersey / Newark & Orange: Ironbound Community Development Coalition (Christian "Chris" Rodriguez), NJ Environmental Justice Alliance (Nicole Scott-Harris), 400 Years of Inequality / People's University of Orange (Tim Nottage), Montclair Design Week / Montclair State University (Petia Morozov, Iain Kerr), Experimental Farm Network (Nate Kleinman)
Pennsylvania: Adafruit #citizenScience (Leslie Birch)
Massachusetts: Molly de Blanc (Free Software Foundation)
Chicago: Northwestern University (Ashley Walker)
DECENTRALIZED (not place-based) RESPONSE ORGS: Mutual Aid Disaster Response (Tyler Norman, Sarah Lang), Grassroots Aid Partnership "GAP" (Tenali Hrenak), Willow Bl00.
- Photos: https://publiclab.org/notes/bronwen/07-12-2018/newark-barnraising-crisis-convening-photos
- Notes exported from Etherpad: BR-notes-newark-doccom__Etherpad.pdf
- Evaluation report: https://publiclab.org/notes/liz/08-06-2018/newark-barnraising-crisis-convening-evaluation-results
Location: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark. Central King Building "CKB" Room 116 (seats 80), and two additional breakout classrooms (seats 30-45).
Transportation: local public transit, or, if coming in from Newark Airport, take this bus. Visitor Parking is available and free of charge.
Lodging: On campus housing is available in two person, shared dormrooms
Food: All meals are provided from Friday breakfast to Sunday lunch, including snacks and coffee.
Translation: A Spanish / English translator will be participating during all sessions.
Child care: Provided on-site free of charge based on the information you submit during registration.
Bathrooms: During our event, the existing bathrooms on the floor will be re-labelled Gender Neutral.
- Crisis Convening attendees should plan to arrive Thursday evening for an all-day Friday worksession, and are encouraged to stay on for the Saturday / Sunday Barnraising.
- Public Lab Barnraisers are welcome to arrive as early as Thursday evening in order to attend Friday's Crisis Convening, but must arrive by Friday evening for a 9AM Saturday start to the Barnraising.
- The event will end Sunday afternoon at 4PM.
- "Day tripper" tickets are available (just keep in mind it may be more difficult to get your agenda onto the schedule if you are not there Saturday at 9AM).
See pictures of 1) room 116 in Central King Building where we will be meeting, 2) the breakout classroom 114, and 3) the adjacent student lounge:
- FunCom: Salome, Ufuoma, Reverend James, Jessica Santos, Salvatore
- DocCom: Jeff, Shannon, Willow, Devin, Far, Ashley W, Wendy, Jessica Serrante, Leslie, Christina, Molly, Will
- DotCom: Rachel, Leslie, Shannon, Salvatore
- FoodCom: James, Sarah, Tenali, Ann, Christina, Tyler, Jeff, Jessica Santos, Victoria, Howie, Will
- CleanCom: Shannon, Salome, Jessica Santos, Salvatore
- ConductCom: Shannon, Willow, Jeff
- BeerCom: Devin
- KidCom: Far (however no kids have registered yet!)
What do we mean by Crisis Convening?
Hurricane season 2017: Harvey, Irma, and Maria—each storm spreading more devastation across the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Many months later, communities are still recovering—especially Puerto Rico, where our government has outright failed its citizens. Our climate is obviously changing, and the resulting storms are intensifying: tornadoes, floods, even earthquakes (probably unrelated to climate, but now a new threat in areas with heavy fracking). We do not seem to be particularly well-prepared. There are official response agencies with mandates to rescue, feed, heal, and rebuild; however, the true first responders are always people who live in the affected regions: neighbors and community leaders. After 2017’s hurricane season, a network of people formed with interest in improving the capacity for disaster response to more effectively support local priorities and leadership in times of crisis. Together, this network and Public Lab are now calling for the convening of people who have worked together through crises such as Sandy, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the like. Together, we will share experiences and skills, explore ways to promote equity and justice through modern crisis response, and build resources for community-first response on Friday, June 13, and then continue the conversation over the weekend of Barnraising: Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. Read more in this blog post: https://civichall.org/civicist/need-talk-talk-community-led-disaster-response/
Also see: https://publiclab.org/crisis-convening
Additional Barnraising activities
During the Barnraising we will have a Saturday 5pm timeslot (just before dinner) where anyone can make a 5 minute "lightning" presentation on any topic! Look for the sign-up sheet in the main room. Note: All other timeslots are dedicated to interactive formats, not one-directional presentations. Reporters are needed to take notes on activities, to be written up into a newspaper each evening.
One page flyer (PDF, good for email/print): 2018_Newark_Barnraising_Announcement.pdf.
Click on the Trello board below to see progress on organizing!
Below image of Occupy Sandy, Rockaways, NYC: