October 12th at 8:30am PDT
Please join us for a discussion on the global polycrisis from the perspective of thought leaders from the Global South. They will discuss what the predominant narrative around the polycrisis — framed by North American and European-based institutions — is missing when it fails to incorporate perspectives from the Global South. In addition, they will discuss the roles that art and literature can play when promoting a broader understanding of the factors that contribute to the polycrisis as well as reasons for hope. Our speakers will include Dr. Maristella Svampa and Enrique Viale. The conversation will be moderated by Tom Kruse from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
The Global South Perspective on the Polycrisis
Dr. Maristella Svampa, PhD, studied Philosophy at the National University of Córdoba, specializing in History and Philosophy in France, and received a doctorate in Sociology from the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. She is currently a Senior Researcher at Conicet and Professor at the National University of La Plata. Dr. Svampa’s research deals with the socio-ecological crisis, social movements and collective action, as well as problems linked to critical thinking and Latin American social theory. She has published twenty books, including essays, research and novels. One of her most books is Ecological Collapse Has Arrived. A compass to get out of (bad) development, which she coauthored with Enrique Viale. Dr. Svampas is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, England, with the Simón Bolívar Chair.
Enrique Viale is an environmental Lawyer from Argentina, educated at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), where he specialized in Environmental Law. In 2004 he founded the Argentine Association of Environmental Lawyers (AAdeAA). He is a judge for the International Rights of Nature Tribunal and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN). Mr. Viale works as a trial lawyer in numerous cases for damage and environmental restoration, and travels both the country and Latin America accompanying civil and legal struggles for environmental justice. He is the author of several books and specialized articles on Development, Politics, Law and Environmental Justice. Mr. Viale was a legislative advisor in the Senate of Argentina and is currently an environmental consultant and communicator in radio and print media.
Tom Kruse is program director for the global challenges portion of the Democratic Practice program of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He joined the Fund in June 2008 to manage the development and direction of the global governance grantmaking, including the formation of the program objectives, strategies, and initiatives. Prior to joining the Fund, Mr. Kruse served as an advisor to the Bolivian government on trade and investment policy, the continuation of trade preference programs, and debt relief. In that capacity, he worked closely with the Bolivian government and its diplomatic missions, members of the Bolivian business community, international financial institutions, and several RBF grantees that provide technical assistance to developing country governments. Mr. Kruse holds a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona.
The Omega Collaborative is a consortium of organizations committed to the education of and responses to the polycrisis: