But Next Time": How can we ensure that next time disaster strikes will be different?

“We didn’t want to focus on our community members as victims, they’re survivors, they’re thrivers, even up against the odds when they have not been able to tap into the abundance that we know is there. But we’re also calling out the lawmakers, the elected officials, the developers, all the people who have the abundance and letting them know what they can do.”

That was Chrishelle Palay discussing how and why they made BUT NEXT TIME, a limited-run podcast that spotlights powerful stories of community-led disaster prevention and recovery that was created as part of the Rise-Home Stories Project.

In the 4-part mini-series, community organizers Chrishelle and Rose Arrieta take listeners on a journey, meeting and learning from frontline survivors, first responders, and multigenerational organizers who have found creative ways to serve their communities when they were hit by devastating wildfires and hurricanes. As they capture these reflections, the people they meet are forced to put all they’ve learned to the test when confronted by new crises — more wildfires, unprecedented earthquakes, a hurricane, and a global pandemic.

BUT NEXT TIME answers one vital question: how can we ensure that next time will be different?

In this episode of Shareable’s The Response podcast, we’re featuring a conversation I had with co-hosts Chrishelle & Rose and senior producer Leah Mahan talked at length about why they produced this series, their storytelling process, and what they’re hoping listeners will take away from it.

Starting next week, we’ll be sharing full episodes of their show.

You can listen to our conversation on The Response where ever you get your podcasts.

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The Response is an award-winning documentary and podcast series exploring how communities are building collective resilience in the wake of disasters with host Tom Llewellyn.

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