The Response is a podcast series from Shareable.net exploring how to build collective resilience in the wake of disasters
The podcast is part of a broader series from Shareable which includes a documentary film, articles, and a book. Find out more at www.shareable.net/the-response
Community Resilience Strategies in California
For the past decade, communities across the state have faced severe challenges on multiple fronts — from extreme fires and flooding to earthquakes and the COVID-19 pandemic.
But how have they responded and what community resilience strategies have proved most successful?
In this episode of The Response, we explore some of the answers to these questions with two guest speakers
Fire and water: Mutual aid in the aftermath of the Texas freeze
What began with a simple Facebook post offering free firewood to friends and family in and around Austin, Texas snowballed until Chad Rittenberry found himself organizing the National Guard to distribute water in the pink vests previously worn by street medics at Black Lives Matter protests last Summer.
Lessons from the First Wave: Resilience in the Age of COVID-19
As of now, the majority of the global population has been impacted by the pandemic for more than a year. For the first time in a century, pretty much everyone on the planet has experienced the same disaster at the same time.
And while most of us have had our daily lives disrupted in significant, and in many cases catastrophic, ways, there has also been an incredible outpouring of support for one another.
With the daily case count continuing at a high rate in many countries, now is a good time to pause and ask the question: what have we learned from dealing with the pandemic over the past year.
On March 16th, we partnered with Idealist to host a public presentation and discussion based on our free ebook, “Lessons from the First Wave: Resilience in the Age of COVID-19.”
In addition to the extended talk delivered by The Response host Tom Llewellyn at the beginning of the episode, you’ll hear short presentations from two mutual aid organizers from Idealist’s global network, Liam Elkind, the co-founder of Invisible Hands in New York City, and Shila Jassal coordinator of Mutual Aid Road Reps - Let's Get Chatty Service in Medway, UK, before we open it up for a discussion with the live audience moderated by Carol Walton, a Community Organizer at Idealist, who co-hosted this session with us.
Episode credits: Host and executive producer: Tom Llewellyn Series producer: Robert Raymond Theme Music: “Meet you on the other side” by Cultivate Beats
Buliding Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters TED Talk
New TED Talk from The Response host Tom Llewellyn is out now: "Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disaster"
Watch it here: https://youtu.be/-SamQq9-wTg
I’ve been told that I never get tired of giving people bad news, so here we go.
The impacts of climate change are already being felt. This is no longer just a challenge that future generations are going to have to face. It’s ours now.
According to a recent report from the UN, in the past 20 years, there were over 7,000 major disaster events causing 1.2 million deaths, affecting more than 4 billion people, and resulting in almost three trillion dollars in global economic losses.
Strikingly, the number of climate-related disasters nearly doubled from the previous two decades.
Last year we hit the hottest global temperatures on record, saw the first Giga fire (burning over 1 million acres in Northern California), and even had a Zombie Storm in the Atlantic!
The questions now are:
How bad is the climate going to get? How quickly can it get better? And what are we going to do in the meantime? I don’t know about the first two questions, but I’ve seen a number of things that might just hold some answers to the last one.
That's just a short excerpt from the TED Talk.
Despite all this bad news, disasters can have a silver lining. Time after time, remarkable communities rise up after natural, social, or political disasters, revealing the core of our humanity and providing a glimpse at how we might respond in the face of even bigger challenges.
And after you watch the talk, please leave questions and share your stories of collective resilience in the comment section.
We’ll be back in a few weeks with a new episode.
The Response Live: Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
This episode features the audio from a live recording of The Response at the Solidarity Summit which featured several organizers from Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, a grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action.
Documentary #8: Practicing harm reduction in a climate of disasters
"Harm reduction is not just service delivery, it's not just a set of techniques, it's not just a viewpoint of how to engage problematic drug use or sex or whatever have you, it's also part of a social movement that looks for a more just world for drug users, sex workers — that population. So it has a social critique saying, no shit, this is not right." - Rafael Torruella
This documentary episode of The Response explores how community-based harm reduction programs are responding to climate-fueled disasters and other systems-disrupting emergencies. The 40-min audio documentary features interviews with Rafael Torruella (executive director of Intercambios Puerto Rico), Justin Kunzelman (executive director and co-founder of Rebel Recovery Florida), and Savannah O'Neill (associate director of capacity building at the National Harm Reduction Coalition).
Host and executive producer: Tom Llewellyn Senior producer and scriptwriter: Robert Raymond Field production and script editing: Tom Llewellyn Additional script editing: Elizabeth Carr and Neal Gorenflo Graphic art created for this episode by Kane Lynch Theme music: Cultivate Beats A special thank you to everyone who was interviewed for this project
Humanity at its best!
Inspiring and comforting knowing people can and do help each other, and people can and do restore the hope for those who forgot what hope is!
"Paradise Built in Hell": what that looks like
Shareable's Response podcast is a great window into the real community-building going on everywhere, usually just out of sight. Here's the path forward!
Tom is a compelling storyteller who brings a wealth of information together. His ideas and experiences are cutting edge and yet common sense. He is courageous and a real leader. I’ve learned a great deal from him and am grateful he’s putting these stories into the public realm to inspire a wider audience. Recommended