David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior-change, community empowerment and large-system transformation, and applies this expertise to issues requiring community, organizational, and societal change. David joins Pedram on this episode of The Urban Monk Podcast to talk about the process of empowering communities.
In this episode, he also discusses the projects he’s been working on, which includes the Cool City Challenge that aims to reduce CO2 emissions. The Cool City Challenge will prototype the Cool Block Program in three Northern California cities and then take it to scale statewide, nationally, and around the world. The Cool Block program helps neighbors become planet-friendly, disaster-resilient, and community-rich. Using a state-of-the-art online platform, block-based teams throughout a city meet eight times in each others’ homes over a four-month period, to adopt lifestyle practices that:
- reduce carbon emissions
- increase disaster resiliency
- improve health and safety
- share resources
- build neighborhood connection
Tune in and let us know what you think of David’s impact.
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