Movement Fellows

Being Care-Full

-By Leila Behjat and Sam Bennett   We have been grappling with the role of repair and upkeep; with their perceived value and real financial cost within the built environment.  It’s not news that we are in a climate crisis … More →

A Trip Down the Arroyo Seco – A Microcosm of Infrastructure, Nature, and Society Part I

– By Tonatiuh Rodriguez- Nikl   Introduction The Arroyo Seco (Dry Stream in Spanish) meanders down the San Gabriel mountains, into Pasadena, and later joins the Los Angeles River near Downtown. Over the course of two blog posts, we’ll take … More →

Announcing Engineering for Long Term Solutions – A Maintainers Movement Fellow Event with Long Now Boston, led by Tona Rodriguez-Nikl

Engineering for Long Term Solutions – The Challenge of our Times A Joint Conversation Event by The Maintainers and Long Now Boston led by Maintainers Movement Fellow Tona Rodriguez-Nikl Monday, June 6 2022 | 7:30PM EDT | Zoom doors open … More →

Solidarity is the only hope we have for saving our crumbling world

– By Maximillian Alvarez     “We have to destroy the f***ing feelings of [selfishness] and build a new society based on solidarity” – Matthieu Bolle-Reddat, French train operator and Secretary General of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) Cheminots … More →

Announcing the Tropical Fungi Summit – A Maintainers Movement Fellow Event, led by Rheanna Chen

    What can we learn from fungi for a more caring and regenerative society and planet? The hope of this event is to inspire many about the regenerative role of mushrooms in the Tropics and beyond. There is much … More →

Lessons of The Forest: Seeds of Belonging

– by Rheanna Chen     After years, I’ve finally returned home to the island that raised me since I was a baby- Trinidad, the last island of the Caribbean archipelago. For my 30th birthday in January, I felt a … More →

Technology and the Engineer in a Post Growth World: A Guide for Inquiry

– By Tonatiuh Rodriguez-Nikl Through this blog post I’d like to introduce my interests as a Maintainers Fellow by laying out my driving question and an approach for arriving at an answer. The main question that has been with me … More →

“Can we fix this? A Year of Cobbling and Upkeep in the Built Environment”

– By Leila Behjat and Sam Bennett   Hello!   We (Leila and Sam) are thrilled to be part of the Maintainers Movement Fellowship and are looking forward to spending the year collaborating with our inspiring cohort – Max, Rheanna, and … More →

Maximillian Alvarez

Maximillian Alvarez is the Editor-in-Chief of The Real News Network and the host of Working People, “a podcast about the lives, jobs, dreams, and struggles of the working class today.” Prior to joining The Real News, he was an Associate … More →

Tona Rodriguez-Nikl

As a Maintainers Fellow, Tona is interested in how technological development will adapt to the changing social conditions and physical realities produced by climate change. Tona is a structural engineer by training and is a Professor of Civil Engineering at … More →