Friday, December 18, 2015

5 Social Mechanisms of Resilience

During my dissertation work, I took up the challenge presented by Berkes and Folke to identify additional social mechanisms that contribute to social-ecological system resilience. In that and subsequent work, I have identified at least 5 mechanisms that contribute to resilience, especially in times of crisis like disaster or war, or what I have called Red Zones. These mechanisms were discussed in depth during a lecture I gave for the Civic Ecology MOOC. Below is a video of that lecture.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tidball presents NY Extension Disaster Education Network at NYCOM Fall Training

At the 2015 Fall Training School for City & Village Officials hosted by the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipalities (NYCOM), Tidball presented the NY Extension Disaster Education Network to clerks and municipal leaders.  See the presentation here.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Tidball Awarded Certificate of Appreciation from USDA for work as a Visiting Scholar in the Philippines

Tidball has been awarded a Certificate or Appreciation from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture for his work in helping the Philippines replicate the successful Extension Disaster Education model he works with in the United States and in New York.  Tidball served as a visiting scholar at USDA in 2014 where he authored a USDA White paper containing policy recommendations for expanding the US EDEN project to international partner nations, available here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Community-Based Agricultural Initiatives for Transitioning Rural Veterans - V.A.'s Office of Rural Health & HSR&D Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR)

Growing Veterans in Washington State is working with the V.A.'s Office of Rural Health to determine their efficacy for helping with veteran well-being & reintegration as a "community agriculture initiative." The Advisory Board for this project includes Experts in the fields of food security (David Himmelgreen, PhD – University of South Florida), environmental anthropology, community-based agriculture (Rebecca Zargar, PhD – University of South Florida), civic ecology, socio-ecological system resilience (Keith Tidball, PhD - Cornell), therapeutic horticulture (Elizabeth Diehl – University of Florida), Occupational Therapy (Consuela Kreider, PhD – University of Florida) and Veteran-based community agricultural initiatives (Steve Wahle - The Mission Continues).


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Book notes: Humans increasingly heal, and are healed by nature

In their new book, “Civic Ecology” (The MIT Press) Natural Resources Professor Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball, senior extension associate in Natural Resources, come together to tell the stories of this emerging grassroots environmental stewardship. They also offer an interdisciplinary framework for understanding and studying civic ecology as a growing international phenomenon.

Book notes: Humans increasingly heal, and are healed by nature

Civic Ecology and Resilience | SESYNC

Civic Ecology and Resilience | SESYNC

Civic Ecology and Resilience

Award Year: 2014

Principal Investigator:

Marianne Krasny, Cornell University

Keith Tidball, Cornell University

Associated Program:

Propose a Workshop


Civic ecology practices are community-based, environmental stewardship actions taken to enhance green infrastructure, ecosystem services, and human well-being in cities. Examples include tree planting in post-Katrina New Orleans, oyster reestablishment and dune restoration in New York City, community gardening in Detroit, village grove restoration in Korea, and natural area stewardship in the Cape Flats, South Africa. These practices often emerge in communities after a major disaster (e.g., Hurricane Sandy) or following long-term disinvestment and decline (e.g., Detroit). From a social-ecological systems perspective, they represent small-scale, self-organized efforts that address multiple stresses, including poverty, crime, flooding, pollution, and limited open space.

The goal of this workshop is to better understand such practices and the insights they provide in planning for future stresses related to climate change. The workshop will bring together ethnically-diverse community leaders engaged in civic ecology practices and academics from universities, NGOs, and government to address the following questions:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Need-based giving in Disaster - Tidball Presentation at ASU

Recent presentation at the Need-based transfers in water management and disaster recovery workshop 

Hosted by the Human Generosity Project and the Decision Center for a Desert City at Arizona State University.