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The Response

Jan 14, 2020

Announcing that our new book, The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters, is available now. Visit theresponsepodcast.org to get a free eBook!

This collection of interviews, case studies, guides, and personal stories is designed to deepen the understanding of community led disaster response...


Dec 4, 2019

In this age of climate disruption and record shattering mega-fires, hurricanes, and the many other disasters wrecking havoc around the world, how do you rebuild from scratch? 

Allen Myers grew up in the town of Paradise, CA and like thousands of others, lost his childhood home to the Camp Fire when it burned through...


Nov 5, 2019

Every element of a city’s design, from a neighborhood’s street lighting to a sidewalk’s drainage to the shape of the skyline, has politics behind it. It’s not always clear what those politics are, or who the decision-makers behind them were, but it’s there. You just have to look closely and you’ll see it.


Oct 16, 2019

The Response revisits a disaster that has its roots in inequality, austerity, and institutional racism. On June 14, 2017, a fire started in a 24-story public housing apartment building in West London called Grenfell Tower. The fire raged all night and reduced the building to a shell. Seventy-two people lost their lives,...


Oct 1, 2019

When discussing climate change these days, it’s no longer suitable to simply imagine its impacts on “future generations.” It’s also not exactly appropriate to imagine the result of climate change as being some kind of apocalyptic, end-of-the-world scenario. Climate change is happening right now, and its impacts...