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Timothy Burroughs receives Random Kindness Community Resilience Leadership Award 2/11/15

The Random Kindness Community Resilience Award recognizes leaders who embody the vision and values of community-driven planning for climate change adaptation and resilience. We honor those who:

  • Strive to ensure that frontline communities, those who are most directly impacted by climate change processes, are engaged in public policy and participatory planning
  • Conduct research in partnership with vulnerable communities and listen deeply to embedded community knowledge
  • Build bridges across sectors, issues, and social divides to create a true movement for sustainability and justice
  • Demonstrate that equity, environment and economy are mutually reinforcing in an interconnected world.

This award grows from the 20th Anniversary of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, celebrating our ability to reach beyond our individual selves and recognize our fundamental interdependence. Our first recipient is Timothy Burroughs, Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Berkeley. As a part of Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient Cities program, Burroughs is collaborating with community leaders across the Bay Area to make improvements in community resilience on local and regional levels. For more information on the project, visit its website:

“Ubuntu is the philosophy and belief that our humanity is inextricably bound up in one another, and any tear in the fabric of connection must be repaired for us all to be made whole. This interconnectedness is the very root of who we are.”

-Desmond Tutu, Foreword to 20th Anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty

“The steps we take now
Make new earth grow beneath our feet.
The steps we take now
decide what kind of
earth that will be.”

From Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty by Anne Herbert and Paloma Pavel.

This message is now more urgent than ever. In an age of climate crisis, this work is a call to community action to create the world we want, a world based on principles of sustainability with justice—including not only a call for collective visioning and power but also for beauty, imagination and creativity in the world we want to restore and grow.

Book Launch & Community Dialogue, NYC Sept 20th 2014

Building Climate Justice & Just Resilience
M. Paloma Pavel, PhD, With Carl Anthony and Guest 

Saturday 10AM — Sept. 20, 2014

Milano School of International Affairs
The New School, Manhattan
55 W. 13th St. Room 205,
Dorothy Hirshon Suite

10:00 am Refreshments and Reception
10:30 am -12:00 pm Book Signing and Community Dialogue

Join us for the launch of the 20th anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, with a Foreword by Desmond Tutu, and for a community dialogue on building Climate Justice and Just Resilience. M. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony (co-founders of Breakthrough Communities) are traveling from California to New York to host this event for UN Climate Week. Guests include Lynne Elizabeth of New Village Press, more to be announced.

M. Paloma Pavel brings a multimedia presentation on the Random Kindness Community Resilience Project, an inspiration and resource for community engagement, participatory planning and community organizing. The message in Random Kindness is an urgent call to action: in an age of climate crisis, we must work together to create the world we want to live in–a world based on sustainability with justice.

Carl Anthony invites us all into the deep philosophical foundations of the Climate Justice movement, described in his forthcoming publication, The Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race. Carl connects struggles for social justice with the Universe Story, creating a new story for our time.

Continue on to the Climate Action Rally afterwards, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the New School Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.

To learn more about Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty 20th Anniversary edition (Foreword by Desmond Tutu) and the Random Kindness Just Resilience Project, visit

“The steps we take now
Make new earth grow beneath our feet.
The steps we take now decide what kind of
Earth that will be.”

M. Paloma Pavel and Anne Herbert
Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty



“Ubuntu tells us that we can create a more peaceful world
by striving for goodness in each moment, wherever we are.”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu,
Foreword, Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty


We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible while we are in New York (Sept 19-22). Let us know about your Climate Week events, and we will see if we can join! 

Respect and Gratitude to our Global Friends and Colleagues,

Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, PhD

Co-Founders, Breakthrough Communities