Waiting isn't the answer

Making extraordinary grassroots crisis response ordinary.

We create impact by

Supporting spontaneous leaders

We believe that even those who act can use help.

People who step up to help themselves and others often act even though they’re inexperienced, overwhelmed, or unsure how to move forward. We provide services to help them succeed.

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Training micro-communities

We believe that acting starts with practicing.

We don’t want someone’s first crisis to be the Big One. We design immersive learning experiences that let people practice helping themselves and the people around them in a crisis. Then we teach community organizations to spread learning in their communities.

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Driving research

We don’t believe in guessing.

All of our work is grounded in proven research, systematic experimentation, and continual evaluation. We work with researchers to exchange ideas and methods across disciplines. If no one has the answers we need, or we need a dose of reality, we do our own research.

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Get involved

Volunteer

We welcome individuals who want to bring their talents to our mission. Even if we don’t know that we need them!

Get in touch if you want to help make the world more socially resilient.

Partner

If your organizational mission overlaps ours, we’d like to talk about partnership possibilities. We can achieve more by sharing knowledge and efforts.

Please get in touch if you think a partnership might benefit your organization.

Sponsor

We can’t help others without sponsors and supporters helping us. Your financial, moral, and practical support will enable us to keep going.

Get in touch if you can sponsor any of our individual activities, programs, or overall effort.

We empower people and communities to help themselves in crisis.

All too often, people don’t know what to do in a crisis, so do nothing. But, if individuals work together, they usually figure out what to do. However, it’s hard for strangers to pull together and be effective as a group. We aim to increase social resilience by spreading the skills and mindsets necessary for collective action and improvised leadership.

Because people and communities who help themselves in a crisis recover faster and better.

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