Today’s picks for political and civic nerds. 

Sustainable business consultant and Seattleite Carol Sanford will speak her piece at this Saturday's TEDx event at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

For Sunday:

Apocalypse Training 

After all that Mayan malarkey, Ballard still hasn’t given up on doomsday. More than 11 organizations—including the Red Cross, Z Ultimate Self Defense Studio, and Prepper’s Warehouse—will be on hand this Sunday to teach you to win at apocalypse survival. 

Ballard Zombie Apocalypse Day, Sun Jan 27, 12–6pm, Ballard Community Center,  6020 28th Ave NW, free. 

For Want of Mandela 

Douglas Foster—Mother Jones’ onetime editor—discusses his latest book, After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa. We can expect he’ll dish on his remarkable interview with current South African President Jacob Zuma. 

Book Talk: 'After Mandela', Sun Jan 27, 3pm, Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave, free. 

For Saturday: 

Bainbridge Goes TED 

The Bainbridge Graduate Institute hosts its inaugural independent TED event focused on “purpose” in sustainable business worldwide. Speakers include local “intrapreneur” Gifford Pinchot, celebrated business author Carol Sanford, and many others. 

TEDxBGI 2013, Sat Jan 26, 10am–6pm, Center for Impact and Innovation, 220 Second Ave S, $105.  

And for Today: 

Tunes for Traipsing 

The grassroots musicians at M-Bibe present a benefit concert for Feet First—a local nonprofit dedicated to urban walkability. Expect raffle contests and performances from Lief Totusek and Darren Guyaz. 

Feet First Fundraiser, Fri Jan 25, 7–10pm, Seattle Drum School, 12510 15th Ave NE, $10–$15.

  

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