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Restoring Power – Crisis as an Opportunity for Community Resilience

September 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT

The Response: How Puerto Ricans Are Restoring Power to the People Watch the 30 minute award-winning microdocumentary at your convenience Sept. 24- Sept. 30 or watch together on Sept 28 at 5:00 pm PT.  Sign up HERE to access the free films in the Regenerative Communities Film Series during the event.

Film Synopsis:  In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a quiet revolution has been percolating on the island of Puerto Rico. What began as an impromptu community kitchen meant to help feed survivors in the town of Caguas quickly grew into an island-wide network of mutual aid centers (Centros de Apoyo Mutuo) with the ultimate goal to restore power — both electric and civic — to the people.

Film discussion: Restoring Power – Crisis as an Opportunity for Community Resilience
It’s been said that in the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity. Given our current calamities – increasing wildfires, floods, droughts, and pandemics – how we prepare and respond will determine our personal and collective health in the future. If we look through a different lens, a crisis situation can generate the necessary urgency and motivation to make positive changes. What is continuing to emerge in the aftermath of tragedies like Hurricane Maria and what can we learn about successful grassroots relief efforts from Puerto Ricans? 

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Films Series Sponsor: Films for the Planet

This event is being offered as part of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit. Please click here to learn more and register using our pay-what-you-can donation-based system to participate.



Thea  La Grou is a creative synergist traversing multiple domains. Media strategist and story weaver – Thea has produced award-winning films and books, long-form interactive, media expeditions, art exhibitions, expositions, film festivals, virtual learning journeys, and streaming film events. She is the Founding Director at Compathos, an arts and media nonprofit, home of Films for the Planet — the best in environmental and social action films on demand. Her portfolio of media projects includes a series of branded film events in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as media projects originating in Ethiopia, Brazil, Costa Rica, China, Indonesia, and Standing Rock. You can find her digital art repository at the 12th Muse.
Thea was the architectural, interior, functional, and landscape designer for her home in the California Sierra foothills. She and her husband, John co-founded Millennia Music & Media – with over 35 industry awards, a world leader in critical audio recording products and the home of IMERSIV, a new audio technology paradigm. Their interests include travel and wine-making with over 150 awards so far. 


Tom Llewellyn is a community organizer, consultant, and storyteller promoting people-powered solutions for the common good. He’s the strategic partnerships director for Shareable.net, executive producer and host of the award-winning documentary and podcast series “The Response,” a sought after presenter who has spoken at over 200 events on five continents, and the co-editor and author of several publications, including “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” (2018), “The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters” (2019), and “Lessons from the First Wave: Resilience in the Age of COVID-19” (2020). 



September 28, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
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