Part II: What if the Way We Respond to Crisis is Part of the Crisis? With Bayo Akomolafe
January 12, 2017
Hosted by Rochelle McLaughlin, with Co-Hosts Annie Levin and Susan Olesek
Will a radically different world that works for everyone ever happen? Will we ever find lasting wellness, and thrive in community, as it seems we are meant to? In this interview, our conversation grapples with the promise of social change, the repetitive cycle of sameness that stifles novelty and keeps us perpetuating familiar paradigms and patterns of behaviour. We ask, along with Bayo and the organization he started, ‘what if the way we respond to crisis is part of the crisis?’ Bayo shares about practices across the world that are opening up new places of power, inviting us to rekindle our alliances with place, with people, and with promise. He speaks about The Emergence Network, where most of his work is housed - and what he is hoping to do and already doing at this moment to invite; a politics of surprise, a post-activism that listens to grief, to bodily becomings, to nonhuman voices.
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Rochelle McLaughlin, with Co-Hosts Annie Levin and Susan Olesek
Rochelle is the founder and creator of Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio and publisher of Revolutionary Wellness Magazine. A professor and researcher of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in the department of occupational therapy at San Jose State University Rochelle’s primary interests/devotions/passions are in helping humanity embody a radical slowing down, inspiring a collective remembering of our intricate entanglement with the world, awakening a deep honoring and humbling of our human condition, and evoking a revolutionary re-sacralization of every moment of our lives, and from this place co-creating “the more beautiful world we all know in our hearts is possible”. Rochelle is honored to be given the opportunity to hold the “Revolutionary Wellness” space for innovators, change-agents, edge-workers, and healers of integrity working to articulate and bring to light alternative ‘solutions’ to global crises today.
Annie Levin is the creator of The Emergence Network’s Precipice Series here on Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio. Annie is an attorney and birth doula living in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked in the fields of community organizing, conflict resolution, childbirth education and immigration advocacy, serving in settings ranging from schools to hospitals to Capitol Hill. In 2012, she spent four months traveling the U.S. in search of a path forward in these challenging times, and has been following the threads from that journey ever since. She currently serves as a curator for the Emergence Network, a collective that poses the question, “What if the way we respond to the crisis is part of the crisis?” She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has been a scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School since 2013.
Born outside of Boston, Susan spent her formative years in Asia with occasional forays into places of extreme suffering like The Walled City of Hong Kong and the streets of Bombay. These experiences made deep impressions on her Enneagram Type 1, ideological heart. By the time she entered Occidental to study sociology, Susan’s resolve to somehow make a contribution to the world was embedded in who she was becoming. This determination percolated while she raised three boys and began to study the Enneagram, a process that took her deeply into herself and the great losses suffered in her own childhood. In 2009, Susan emerged hopeful and certified, full of ideals, and with just enough self-belief to accept the challenging invitation to teach the Enneagram to 100 inmates in a little prison in Texas. This decision changed the trajectory of her personal and professional life, forever. Susan delights in the unknown yet vast unfolding of the Enneagram Prison Project and is thrilled to be hosting the 9 Prisons One Key Series for Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio.