Working Across Differences to Make a Difference, Mon. 4-23-12, 12-2:30pm, Mann Library Room 102, Cornell

Working Across Differences to Make a Difference
-Collaborative Engagement as a Pathway to Sustainability, Justice and Equity

Monday, April 30th, 2012, 12:00 – 2:30pm

Mann Library Conference Room 102

"all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. " –Martin Luther King Jr.

Four days before his death, on March 31, 1968, Dr. King elaborated on these words, asking “people of goodwill [to] put their bodies and their souls in motion”, to not sleep through the revolution that was occurring around them, and to work together in making a positive difference in the world. He also delivered what might be considered a direct challenge to our Land Grant institutions in better supporting equity and justice.

Over forty years later we find these urging equally relevant and necessary. In his recent article in Orion Magazine, Gus Speth suggests if we are to address a litany of social, environmental and economic problems collectively faced:

systemic change must be both bottom-up and top-down—driven by communities, businesses, and citizens deciding on their own to build the future… Our best hope for real change is a movement created by a fusion of people concerned about environment, social justice, true democracy, and peace… We have to recognize that we are all communities of a shared fate.”

A broad coalition of campus and community partners are initiating an ongoing conversation around how we might better come together in a respectful and empowering manner while addressing these challenges. Ideally these efforts will result in new and productive partnerships, including innovative whole systems approaches which activate and engage a variety of stakeholders and institutions in support of healthy, just, equitable and resilient communities.

Wrapping up its April Connected Minds, Resilient Communities programming, Mann Library will be hosting a discussion on this topic Monday April 30th. Please join us for this community conversation! Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research. Learn more here:

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to

Apologies for cross-postings!

Getting there:
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Cheers, Jeff


Jeffrey Piestrak

Community Outreach Specialist

Albert R. Mann Library

Cornell University

Ithaca, N.Y. 14853



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