Today marks the fourth anniversary of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri. Keith Tidball, coauthor of Civic Ecology: Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up, reflects on his work in Joplin, rebuilding after devastation, and how principles of civic ecology were demonstrated in the aftermath.
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On a phone call recently, Chris Cotton, Joplin Parks and Recreation Director, told me "Keith, we are tornadoed out." I understood his fatigue, and the fatigue of the community. And yet, what resilience, what resolute resolve, what a recovery. As we approach the 4 year anniversary of the tornado that struck Joplin, I recalled a stunning performance by Rachel Dobbs at the 2012 Joplin Day of Unity, one in which, through her choreographed dance, Ms. Dobbs captured the fear of an approaching storm, the terror of experiencing its wrath, and the tragic and beautiful aftermaths, intertwined with hope and loss, and resilience, resolve, realization. Here's to you, Joplin. You are always loved, and may you always prosper.