My guest, Jack Duroc-Danner, a paediatric massage therapist and autism advocate, covers a lot of ground in this conversation. Discussing, among other things, consent, the medical model versus the social model, and representation of a group by that group.
In this episode I welcome back Tada Hozumi, aka, the Selfish Activist, who was previously on the show discussing the personal responsibility we have to our collective wellbeing. this new conversation, Tada shares two current concepts of their work: Understanding our cultural nervous system, and the queering of identities.
This episode is a collaboration with third year political science student, Emma Jones. In our conversation she shares a bit about the formal practice of debate, and what it has to teach about nuance and seeing the fullness of an issue, from a multitude of perspectives. We unpack a few words too, like ‘compromise’ and ‘representation’. In speaking to the importance of representation, Emma shares how embracing different perspectives does not negate one over another, but helps us to work together to create more effective, supportive systems. Emma also talks about mentorship within the debate community, and learning to see how we all have something to offer, perhaps most especially when we are still open to learning.
You can connect with Emma through Instagram: @missemma_j
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My collaborator this episode is Shay Huff, an insightful and skilled coach, facilitator and educator. I have so much gratitude to Shay for taking the time to talk with me for this episode, and for being so vulnerable and open about sharing her story of addiction and recovery. She speaks to a breadth of complex, often hard to navigate experiences of being human. Shay is a model for what it looks like to do our own work, and how our personal journey can be used to benefit others, as well as how essential community is in the work of healing.
Content Notification - Shay shares her story of addiction and a suicide attempt. Her story could be a great support for any listeners facing similar situations, but please, if you need support, do an online search for crisis lines in your area or country.
My collaborator for this episode of Everything is Workable is adrienne maree brown, a fellow polymath who describes herself as a writer, facilitator, coach, mentor, mediator, pleasure activist, sci-fi scholar, doula, healer, tarot reader, witch, cheerleader, singer, philosopher, and queer Black multiracial lover of life. I learned about adrienne and her book Emergent Strategy thanks to Tada Hozumi, a previous guest on the show, and I am SO grateful for that recommendation. This is a book of universal wisdom, as adrienne points out when she says “I didn’t create emergent strategy. I noticed it.” But what makes it so incredible is the accessible and practical presentation of what emergent strategy is and how to use it. From adaptation to collaboration, creativity to self-care, and abundance to liberation, adrienne and I talk about the tools, framework and spells we can use as interconnected beings to imagine into being a future in which the fullness of humanity is represented and in right relationship with our shared planet.
As well as being an author, adrienne is co-host of the podcast How to Survive the End of the World. You can check that out at www.endoftheworldshow.org and find out more about adrienne through her website adriennemareebrown.net You can get a copy of Emergent Strategy at www.akpress.org
This episode is with E(rica) West, one of the many incredible people I met during Feminist Camp. E shares their experience growing up in a church community, and the ongoing process of naming what faith is like for themselves, as well as how the intersections of class, race, gender expression, and sexual orientation inform everything they do and how they show up in the world. One thing that E came back to again and again while we talked, was the importance of process in our lives, whether it’s the process of understanding our identities and how that influences how we see the world, or the process of defining our own practice of faith. Seeing the world as always being in process is something E says helps them, and can help any of us, to be more effective in the work we do.
Today’s episode, with artist, entrepreneur and educator Susie Lee, is about moving through shifting and changing identities. Cultural, personal and professional shifts in identity happen for all of us. Susie shares the insights she’s gained as a child of immigrants, through career changes, and now, as a parent, sharing her life journey and the many ways she has learned to problem solve for different ways of being. Susie highlights the importance of flexibility, curiosity and choice—especially in the narratives surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. I particularly love the way she views life as an experiment, by looking at each stage of life as it is, knowing that the next stage is never certain.
Content notification: This is an authentic conversation where we discuss the importance of choice and access in any person’s experience, and touch on things like miscarriage and social ideas of ‘normal’ and ‘natural’ pregnancy. I also want to acknowledge that not all folks who have babies identify as women.
Today’s collaborator is fellow Buddhist practitioner Ravi Mishra, founder of the Awaken App. We set out to talk about language, the importance of context, and how to cross-pollinate ideas by being clear about how we define the words we use. We dig into the use of terms like ‘awaken’, ‘woke’, ‘enlightenment’ and ‘liberation’ in both a Buddhist and social restoration context—accounting for English translations of words pointing to concepts formed in very different cultures and times to our own. I especially appreciated Ravi pointing out the importance of always remembering that “If we could only use language to convey what has already been conveyed then we could never convey anything new.”
This episode’s collaborator is Shannon Downey of Bad Ass Cross-stitch, who you may know from an amazing photograph taken during the 2017 Woman’s March—she had a giant embroidery that read: I’m so angry I stitched this just so I could stab something 3,000 times. She combines her passion for fibre art with her passion for dismantling a culture of patriarchy, misogyny, and sexism. Our conversation touches on so many things: creativity, the way questions help us grow, and the importance of seeing learning as a life-long endeavour. I was particularly struck by the practice Shannon has of what she calls ‘life editing’, learning how to discern what conversations and online engagement are worth her time, attention and effort, and choosing not to engage around vitriol and hate-speech.
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This episode was a fun experiment and challenge for both me and my collaborator, Jennifer Harkness. Jenn is a dharma sister, as well as a therapist. She brings her knowledge of psychology to the table, to help me translate the teachings and practices of Bodhichitta so they are relatable, regardless of your practice.
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