Solidarity Economic Series: Public Investment
The Community Economic Mobilization Initiative (CEMI) by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation works to equip and uplift community organizations through inclusive economic development. The Institute for Social Transformation is supporting the Technical Assistance Needs of these community organizations and helping to frame their work in the context of Solidarity Economics. The series continues with a look at the kind of economic development we envision in our communities and the role public investments play.
Building a Domestic Lithium Supply Chain
The degree to which the U.S. lithium battery supply chain relies on foreign imports poses a threat to U.S. national and economic security. Chris Benner and other members of the panel discuss the current structure of the global supply chain and its vulnerabilities, what it would take to bring the lithium supply chain to the US and California more specifically, and what steps could be taken to ensure that this new supply chain is environmentally sustainable and produces real economic opportunities for marginalized communities.
Workforce Systems Development
Explore how a solidarity economics perspective takes an asset-based approach, challenging the deficit model we’re accustomed to. Discover how this approach fosters collaboration with community and labor organizations, steering away from the paternalistic stance. Learn how adopting a workforce systems development approach can lead to a more prosperous economy while empowering the workforce.
Solidarity Economics 101
Join authors Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor as they advocate for a new economic paradigm founded on mutual cooperation and community bonds, addressing the inequalities and fragmentation in our current economy. Learn about the theoretical framework, policy agenda, and social movements proposed to cultivate solidarity and pave the way for a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous economic future.
The Deep Read: Community Salon 2023
On June 7, we’ll be hosting a salon—co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute and Lookout Santa Cruz—focused on actions we can all take in the face of climate change. Ecology Action, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, and Regeneración Pajaro Valley will lead the discussion moderated by UCSC Professor of Humanities and Journalism Jody Biehl.
Building Belonging Student Showcase 2023
The Institute for Social Transformation hosted an end-of-year celebration and student showcase event to honor the work that has been accomplished in the Building Belonging program. Students involved in the program in 2022-2023 presented their contributions to research projects.
The Deep Read: Elizabeth Kolbert in Conversation with Ezra Klein
Culminating event of the 2023 Deep Read—a live discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert and NY Times columnist and podcast host Ezra Klein, discuss this year’s Deep Read book, Under a White Sky, which depicts the stark changes and emerging technologies affecting our climate and world.
Deep Read Faculty Salon 2023
On May 4, UCSC professors lead a discussion of this year’s Deep Read book, Under a White Sky, with UCSC students and the broader Deep Read community. Faculty Speakers: Jorge Menna Barreto (Environmental Art), Mike Beck (Marine Sciences, Director of the Center for Coastal Climate Resilience), Jody Biehl (Literature and Science Communication Program), and Sikina Jinnah (Environmental Studies).
Confronting Climate Change
Confronting Climate Change is an annual public lecture series that brings together scientists, artists, policy experts, and community members to discuss our planet’s wellbeing and share solutions for our future.
- Julie Livingston, New York University
- Matthew Huber, Purdue University
- Bharat Venkat, UC Los Angeles
- Moderator: Andrew Mathews, UC Santa Cruz
What’s Happening in Peru? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Structural Crisis
The current situation in Peru is the latest expression of a deep structural crisis, rooted in historical relations of dominance since colonial times in the highly centralized country. This is reflected in the long-standing conflictive relationship between the capital, Lima, and the other regions, which has polarized the public debate even more. The role of media and emerging technologies have played a crucial role in how these protests have been represented, adding fire to this polarization. To understand this multidimensional crisis from multidisciplinary perspectives, this round table features scholars from both the humanities and social sciences who will reflect on the historical, social, cultural, economic, and political implications of the ongoing crisis for the future of Peru.
Slugs and Steins: An Economist’s Perspective on Climate Change and Global Inequality
Climate change is a global problem and solving it requires a global effort. Some possible climate solutions are consistent with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN, while other solutions may be at odds with these goals. The lecture will discuss ways of thinking about different climate solutions in the context of global inequality and SDGs. The lecture will also discuss climate-related risks faced by the financial sector and how private investors may be incentivized to invest in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Night at the Museum – Resettlement: Chicago Story
What is it like to be forced to leave your home, deny your heritage, and start over? Join us for the California premiere of Resettlement: Chicago Story, a new short fictional film and educational website, which explores how people of Japanese ancestry remade their lives in the Midwest after their wrongful incarceration during World War II.
Architects of Abundance: Indigenous Regenerative Food Systems and the Excavation of Hidden History
Colonization is an issue of climate justice. Contrary to popular belief, Indigenous Peoples leveraged immense influence on their surrounding lands, fires, and waters in ways that could heal our planet today.
Conversations on Climate Justice featuring:
Solidarity and Spirituality: Soul, Scale, and Strategy in a Time of Crisis
Together we are forging new futures so that our communities are sustained and thriving. Join us as nationally renowned Valarie Kaur (Revolutionary Love Project) leads us through a conversation that weaves her own work as well as new works by our other speakers: The Activist Spirit: Toward a Radical Solidarity (Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center) and Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter (Chris Benner, UCSC and Manuel Pastor, USC).
All-In Conference: Co-creating Knowledge for Justice
More than 400 university scholars, students, community organizers, foundation representatives, artists, and activists came together in late October for a one-of-a-kind event to build collaborative partnerships for community-engaged research and meaningful social change at the UC Santa Cruz conference, All-In: Co-creating Knowledge for Justice. The event was co-presented by UCSC’s Institute for Social Transformation (IST) and Urban Research Network and co-sponsored by a broad range of foundations, community organizations, and partners on and off campus.