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Organizing page for March 18th mini-SERC Somerville.

What's a SERC?

In emergencies like hurricanes and tsunamis, emergency response centers exist to coordinate evacuations or provide services like temporary housing, food, and water. We want you to join us in re-imagining response centers to take on the real and pressing social emergency that we are facing today. (via DS4SI)

Social Emergency Response Centers (SERCs) will be temporary, emergent, and creative pop-up spaces co-led by activists and artists around the US. They will function as both an artistic gesture and a practical solution. As such we will need to figure out the balance, like how will we feed people--and their hunger for justice? How will we create a shelter--where it's safe to bring your whole damn self? What will reconstruction--of civil society--look like? Here is a rough diagram that we’re excited to have people add to:

Here's a diagram to help you imagine it!


Planning is now in progress, and more will be posted soon. Please email if you'd like to be involved!


We're looking for people to organize sessions for the day:

  • from one to two hours

We're hoping to have a session of each of these types running at a time:

  • 1 crafts-oriented
  • 1 "learn about this"
  • 1 brainstorm-oriented
  • downtime -- for "taking a break"
  • 1 for young people (various ages)
  • accessible to teens, best facilitated by teens (any good workshop should be accessible)

Currently planned sessions

  • Timelapse Pollution Monitoring Kit - by @warren

[prompt:paragraph:Add your own session here!]

Early notes