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Listening to Build Trust for Climate Action

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As the world contends with the “wicked” problems posed by global warming, those seeking solutions must engage stakeholders with a wide range of assumptions, cultures, perspectives, and capacities. Skill-building often focuses on pitching, storytelling and messaging, but listening is itself a critical skill. This 2.5 hour, in-person workshop brings together global and local experts to explore how listening can build trust and enables progress on climate and health goals. 

This event is a part of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Human & Planetary Health Series. 



Kinari Webb - An Ashoka fellow and founder of Health in Harmony whose “radical listening” methodology has helped build a network of rainforest communities working to improve health and preserve globally important resources. Author of Guardians of the Trees: A Journey of Hope Through Healing the Planet (2022).

Heidi Larson - An anthropologist whose influential Vaccine Confidence Project seeks to bridge divides and who sees parallels in building trust for climate action. Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Director of European Initiatives at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

Violet Saena - Founder and Executive Director of Climate Resilient Communities, a Bay Area organization that supports under-resourced communities of color at the frontline of climate change and sea-level rise. Served for over ten years as an expert working with the United Nations’ Least Developed Countries and Small Island States. 

Peter Piot - Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission on  COVID-19, human and planetary health, and other issues. Former head of UNAIDS and of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, now based in Brussels.


Please contact Kathy Burke at with any questions.