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Feb 24 • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Collaboration for Community and Climate Resilience

Global Resilience Institute (GRI) Associate Director Jennie Stephens will present: “Collaboration for Community and Climate Resilience,” during a "Harmony from Diversity" session at "The Bridge" conference on Saturday, February 24.

"The Bridge" takes place from February 22-27, 2018 in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India.

"Auroville is an international, experimental township in South India, constituted of about 2,700 members from over 50 nationalities. It is based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo – renowned Indian yogi, revolutionary, and poet – and was founded by his spiritual counterpart, Mirra Alfassa, in 1968. The largest and longest-standing intentional community in the world, Auroville is practically researching into transformation of cultural, social, environmental and sustainable living, and spiritual needs for the evolution of humanity. Over the last 50 years, it has been developing innovative and alternative forms and practices, some of them award-winning, inspiring people and projects worldwide. On the occasion of Auroville’s 50th anniversary on the 28th of February, 2018, a Collaborative Research Encounter, The Bridge, will present and share the Auroville laboratory with researchers engaged in similar fields in India and around the world. The event aims to convey the full potential of this laboratory and issue an open invitation to formulate projects, conduct research on and actively engage in this experiment." -INTRODUCING AUROVILLE AND THE BRIDGE

Jennie C. Stephens is the Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and the Associate Director of Strategic Research Collaborations at Northeastern’s GRI. Her research, teaching, and community engagement focus on social and political aspects of the renewable energy transition, energy democracy, reducing fossil fuel reliance, gender diversity, and strengthening societal resilience by integrating social justice with climate and energy policy. Professor Stephens was a 2015-2016 Leopold Leadership fellow, and her book “Smart Grid (R)Evolution: Electric Power Struggles” (Cambridge, 2015) explores social and cultural debates about energy system change (co-authored with Wilson & Peterson). Before joining Northeastern University, she was on the faculty at the University of Vermont (2014-2016) and Clark University (2005-2014). She earned her PhD and MS at Caltech in Environmental Science & Engineering and her BA at Harvard in Environmental Science & Public Policy.

Jennie says: "I am honoured to be invited to the 50th anniversary, and I look forward to learning more about both the social and technological innovations in Auroville.  I am particularly interested in energy use, the grid system, and the potential for renewable energy. I am also interested in how Auroville is striving toward climate resilience."

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