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The Response: Mutual Aid and Disaster Collectivism

Tuesday | October 09, 2018 | 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm

Last year was an awakening for people all across the United States. Sixteen climate-fueled disasters left the country with a death toll in the thousands and $300 billion in damages. The severe storms, wildfires, inland floods, crop freezes, drought, and tropical cyclones touched nearly everyone in one way or another.

This phenomenon was far from unique to the United States. Monsoon flooding in Bangladesh, the earthquake in Mexico City, and the landslides in Colombia, Sierra Leone, and Japan are just a few of the many disasters that took place elsewhere. And today people are only starting to recover from Hurricane Florence’s record flooding and the unprecedented Mendocino Complex Fire (the largest in California’s history).

News coverage routinely underplays the central drama of these disasters. More often than not, it’s the people living in the affected communities that, despite all the obstacles, rise to the occasion to save lives, reduce suffering, and form a community of care. It’s what Bay area author Rebecca Solnit describes as disaster collectivism, “the sense of immersion in the moment and solidarity with others caused by the rupture in everyday life, an emotion graver than happiness but deeply positive.”

Join Shareable to celebrate the launch of The Response, a new podcast documentary series exploring the remarkable communities that arise in the aftermath of natural disasters. 

The event will feature a panel discussion with some of the creators of the show (executive producer and host Tom Llewellyn, writer and senior producer Robert Raymond, Puerto Rico field producer Juan C. Davila, and featured interviewee Mara Ventura – from Undocufund).

Interactive activities, dinner, and series of short talks from local resilience projects (including the Norcal Resilience Network, PLACE for Sustainable Living, and Transition US) will round out the night.

Volunteers needed! Please contact to sign up to lend a hand.

Co-presented by SPUR

(SPUR members can receive a free ticket by registering here)


About The Response (

Spanning the globe, each episode takes a deep dive into a unique location to uncover the remarkable stories that are hidden just beneath the surface of extraordinary events.

For the first season, our team of field producers traveled to New York City, Puerto Rico, and Northern California to investigate four key questions:

  • How have community members taken care of each other in the aftermath of disaster, aside from the official government responses?
  • How are communities finding the balance between the desire to get back to normal as quickly as possible and rebuilding in ways that ensure greater resilience and sustainability in the future?
  • How have disasters disproportionately impacted the most vulnerable and what can be done to respond and rebuild in a just and equitable way?
  • How can communities prevent “disaster capitalists” (those who seek to profit from disasters) from preying on them in the aftermath of a crisis?
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Cost: $10
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