Disaster Collectivism Podcast

2017 was a record year for weather and climate disasters in the United States, with 16 separate events costing over $1 billion each. It’s fair to ask if this is a "new normal" and what can be done to avert or prepare for disasters.

The Disaster Collectivism podcast will share stories of how some communities have responded to these kinds of crises, both in their immediate aftermath and over a period of months and years. The podcast will unpack common themes and lessons learned from a range of communities, including:

  • how community members take care of each other’s needs in the aftermath of a natural disaster, regardless of government response;

  • how communities can find the balance between the desire to get back to "normal" as quickly as possible and rebuilding in ways that ensures greater resilience and sustainability;

  • how disasters disproportionately impact the most vulnerable and what can be done to respond and rebuild in a just and equitable way; and

  • how communities can prevent “disaster capitalists” (those who seek to profit through rebuilding/recovery efforts) from preying on communities in the aftermath of a crisis.

For the pilot season, we're looking for stories about community-led disaster recovery projects in Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria in 2017), California (fires in 2017), Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina 2005), and New York (Hurricane Sandy in 2012). We're looking for four audio producers who are currently based in each of these states, ideally with deep ties to the affected regions, to tell these stories. We're seeking a 6-8 week turnaround time, from the time your proposal is accepted, though there's some flexibility. The anticipated release for the first episode is late spring. This is part of the "Stories to Action" project, a collaboration between Shareable, Post Carbon Institute, Upstream Podcast, Transition US, and NewStories.

Pay: $1,000 per episode

Application deadline: March 9, 2018

Editorial process:

  • We will provide you with any relevant deadlines and will work together to establish a timeline.

  • We will work with you in developing the story, composing interview questions, and crafting the themes that will guide the episode.

  • This will be a collaborative production process that will likely require you to participate in remote editorial meetings from time to time.

  • The final episode will be completed by the editors. They will write and piece together the story, write and record the host’s script, and edit together the interviews and any other footage that you have recorded.

  • Story must include 3-4 interviews at roughly 30 minutes each (no phone interviews unless pre-approved).

  • Story must include field recordings and/or footage that gives a sense of place or context. For example, if the story includes something about a factory, some sounds from the factory.

  • Depending on the editorial needs, we may request that you record some narration. If this is the case, we will work with you in writing the scripts.

Technical needs:

  • Use a professional microphone and/or recorder.

  • Files should be saved as WAV files, not MP3s and clearly labelled.

  • Recording levels should be precise.

  • Audio should be as clean as possible, and not contain any unusable or extra material (heads and tails of files should be trimmed, long gaps or breaks should be removed, etc.).

If you have any questions about the project or application, feel free to drop us a note at: info@shareable.net

Ready to pitch? Here's the application.