After the Disaster: Rebuilding Communities

This report draws from the dialogue and seminar papers shared at an April 2011 meeting co-hosted by the Wilson Center and the Fetzer Institute to explore how best to respond to disasters. Highlighting the complex nature of disaster response and exploring ways to overcome the inherent tension between those responding to disasters and the local community, the discussion centered on how to identify the strengths of a community and use technology to better engage the local community and provide effective, sustainable relief.

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After the Disaster: Rebuilding Communities

Megan Scribner and Lauren Herzer
This report draws from the dialogue and seminar papers shared at an April 2011 meeting co-hosted by the Wilson Center and the Fetzer Institute to explore how best to respond to disasters. Highlighting the complex nature of disaster response and exploring ways to overcome the inherent tension between those responding to disasters and the local community, the discussion centered on how to identify the strengths of a community and use technology to better engage the local community and provide effective, sustainable relief.

Astarte: Resilience and Respect

Meriwether Beatty
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

Community Engagement for Emergency Preparedness

Paul Born
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

The Limits to Our Capacity: The Realities of Community Engagement, Resiliency, and Recovery in Twenty-First Century Crises

Frederick "Skip" Burkle
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

It's Good to Talk, but Better to Listen: The Tanbou project harnesses people power to combat corruption in Haiti

Leonard Doyle
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

Some Comments on Community Healing in Time of Disaster

Arif Hasan
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

Retrieving the Wisdom of Those in Need: Community Healing and Engagement in Times of Disaster

Matthew Jelacic
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

Two Tales: One Story

Louis Herns Marcelin
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

Disaster Experiences from the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992-1995

Ivo Markovic
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

Institution Building and Social Cohesion for a Peaceful and Resilient Community

John Katunga
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

Post Disaster Recovery and Prevention from the Perspective of the Vietnamese Americans in New Orleans

Vien Nguyen
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

From Insecure - Badly Affected to a Strong and More Prepared Community: NAM KHEM, a fisherfolk village in the midst of 2004 Tsunami

Bunchar Pongpanich
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

Building Consultation Mechanisms for Local Civil Society Participation and Leadership in Disaster Response

Lisa Schirch
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

The face of healing in the Aftermath of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, Personal Reflections

Eliane Ubalijoro
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

Retrieving the Wisdom of Those in Need: Comments by Dennis Warner

Dennis Warner
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.

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