Knowing Thy Neighbor Is Key To Surviving A Disaster: Eric Klinenberg On NPR
He suggests focusing on a new type of "homeland security." A system whereby we are protected from climate change, extreme weather, and terrorism not only when a crisis hits—but in our daily lives. By changing our living conditions now, we may fair better in the future. "When real disaster strikes," he says, "it's the social stuff that might make the difference between life and death." By combining both physical construction elements and sociological factors in our planning, he says that we may be able to build more resilient communities. Klineberg is a sociologist whose work explores the inner-workings of cities, culture, media, and politics. His newest book, Going Solo, targeted the biggest demographic shift since the baby boom: the rise of individuals choosing to live alone. In his books and keynotes he provides sweeping research that spans disciplines and provides audiences with the implications that demographic and social shifts can have on society.