November 5, 2015

Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster | Official Book Trailer

Virgil Storr

Board Member, Mercatus Center

Stefanie Haeffele

Senior Program and Operations Director, Academic and Student Programs

Laura E. Grube

Rebounding after disasters like tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods can be daunting. Communities must have residents who can not only gain access to the resources that they need to rebuild but who can also overcome the collective action problem that characterizes post-disaster relief efforts.

In their new book, Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster: Lessons in Local Entrepreneurship, Virgil Henry Storr, Stefanie Haeffele-Balch, and Laura E. Grube use examples of recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Hurricane Sandy on the Rockaway Peninsula in New York to show that entrepreneurs, conceived broadly as individuals who recognize and act on opportunities to promote social change, fill this critical role.

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