The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters

The Response book, “Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters,” provides a context for the current state of climate-fueled disasters, while centering replicable examples of how people around the world are responding. The book has been separated into two parts. First, we explore how communities are rising to the immediate challenges that come after a disaster. The second part focuses on examples of people working together to increase their resilience.

The Response Book

Download “The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters”

Featuring over 30 case studies, interviews, and how-to guides to deepen your understanding of community-led disaster response and collective resilience initiatives to foster increased engagement with your neighbors, family, and friends.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Table of Contents   

The Response book Introduction

  • The inspiring story of disasters that most people have missed
  • Remarkable communities that create systems change after disaster
  • Disaster collectivism: How communities rise together to respond to crises

The Response book Part 1: Community-led Disaster Response

  • Radical approaches to disaster relief in New York
  • #BikeReady: How cyclists in NYC are delivering disaster aid
  • Q&A with Sofía Gallisá Muriente from Occupy Sandy
  • How a series of disasters led one entrepreneur to a life of cooperatives
  • The profound questions being raised by disasters: Q&A with The Response field producer Paige Ruane
  • The impact of Northern California fires on the undocumented community
  • The Disproportionate effect of disasters on the undocumented: Q&A with Mara Ventura of Undocufund (adapted from The Response podcast)
  • Reimagining Paradise in an age of climate disruption
  • Typical wildfire recovery is ‘rebuilding to burn’, but there’s another way
  • Fighting misinformation in the aftermath of the Mexico City earthquake
  • Resilience in the aftermath of Brazil’s deadly dam collapse
  • Inequality, structural racism, and the fight for justice after the Grenfell Tower fire
  • The Grenfell Tower fire community response – Photo series
  • Healing population-wide trauma from Gaza to Parkland: Q&A with Dr. Jim Gordon of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (adapted from The Response podcast)
  • How Puerto Ricans are restoring power to the people
  • About the film: How to host a screening

The Response book Part 2: Cultivating Collective Resilience

  • Transitioning from competition to collective resilience: Q&A with Sebastien Maire, chief resilience officer for the City of Paris (adapted from The Response podcast)
  • Green Infrastructure is (de)paving a pathway to resilience
  • Bottom-up politics in urban landscapes: Q&A with author Barbara Brown Wilson (adapted from The Response podcast)
  • Addressing sea-level rise through citizen science Rockaway Youth Task Force
  • Mobilizing the community in Flagstaff, Arizona, to build resilience towards wildfire risk
  • Learning to build flood resilience in Gorakhpur, India
  • Building skills to adapt to climate change in Homer, Alaska
  • Women finding solutions in drought-ridden Kenya
  • Individual action in New Zealand to stay resilient in a changing environment
  • How to set-up a mobile mutual aid herbal apothecary
  • Preparing for climate chaos now: Q&A with disasterologist Dr. Samantha Montano (adapted from The Response podcast)
  • LESReady! brings New York disaster preparedness to the neighborhood level
  • How to turn community spaces into hubs for resilience and mutual aid
  • Community stories of resilience and recovery

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions about The Response book.