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The Response

May 26, 2020

This week on The Response podcast, we’re bringing you a round table discussion with Lydia Violet Harutoonian from the Music As Medicine Project, Don Hall from Transition US, and Ryan Rising from Permaculture Action Network.

While the conversation covered a lot of ground, we focussed on some of the core components of thriving resilient communities, the solidarity economy, and several pathways to move through the multiple crises we're facing as a global community.

This episode was produced in partnership with Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory. 

TRCC is a US-based network of regional and national leaders who use systemic and collaborative approaches to help communities become more thriving and resilient.

You can learn more about TRCC, all of the organizations involved in the program, and make a tax-deductible donation to support the entire cohort by visiting:

Additional information about Don Hall and Transition US can be found at and learn more about their regenerative approach to preparedness and resilience at

Music As Medicine has an online school where you can find accessible support groups, facilitator trainings, and workshops with folks like Joanna Macy, Leah Song, Adrienne maree brown, and Lydia Violet herself. Find out more information at

Ryan Rising and Permaculture Action Network can be found online at or @PermacultureAction on Facebook and instagram. Visit their website to learn more about the Just Transition Mapping Project or to sign up for future action days in your region.

  • Host and executive producer: Tom Llewellyn
  • Series Producer: Robert Raymond
  • The Sketchnote was created by Elizabeth Niarhos @lizar_tristry
  • Thank you to this week’s guests and Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory
  • Theme Song: Cultivate Beats

Additional songs sung by Lydia Violet Harutoonian included a rendition of the traditional, “I'm Gonna Do What the Spirit Says” and her version of MaMuse’s “We Shall Be Known” which you’ll hear at the end of the credits.

The Response is a project of Shareable, a nonprofit media outlet, action network, and consultancy promoting people-powered solutions for the common good. 

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