Center for the Environment

Designing Resilience in a Black Swan World

October 22 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

Black Swan events are those with low or unknown probability, but high and long-lived and often global impacts. They affect financial markets, climate, public safety, and human health and more. This talk is about how we begin to design communities, regions, and nations to improve resilience and prosperity in the face of these "Black Swan" events. Professor Orr's lecture will examine a case study, the Oberlin Project, and the National Sustainable Communities Coalition.

David W. Orr is one of our generation's leading environmental philosophers and educators. His career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change.

He is the recipient of seven honorary degrees and other awards including a Lyndhurst Prize acknowledging "persons of exceptional moral character, vision, and energy." Dr. Orr is the author of seven books, including "Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse" (Oxford, 2009), co-editor of three others, and nearly 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications. He is the executive director of the Oberlin Project, an editor of the journal Solutions, and is a high level adviser to four grandchildren ages 2-12.

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