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Off-Kilter is a podcast about economic liberation—and the shifts in collective consciousness it will take to set us all free.

Every week, Rebecca Vallas talks with visionary leaders and organizations working to reinvigorate our shared imagination and disrupt the imbalance of power in our society.

Find Off-Kilter on the Progressive Voices Network, the We Act Radio network in D.C., local radio stations across the U.S., and wherever you get your podcasts. Off-Kilter is powered by The Century Foundation.

We want to hear from you! Send ideas, pitches, feedback, and nominations of the visionary changemakers you want to hear from by emailing us at offkiltershow@tcf.org.

OFF-KILTER with Rebecca Vallas The Century Foundation

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Off-Kilter is a podcast about economic liberation—and the shifts in collective consciousness it will take to set us all free.

Every week, Rebecca Vallas talks with visionary leaders and organizations working to reinvigorate our shared imagination and disrupt the imbalance of power in our society.

Find Off-Kilter on the Progressive Voices Network, the We Act Radio network in D.C., local radio stations across the U.S., and wherever you get your podcasts. Off-Kilter is powered by The Century Foundation.

We want to hear from you! Send ideas, pitches, feedback, and nominations of the visionary changemakers you want to hear from by emailing us at offkiltershow@tcf.org.

    Updating the Archetype of Public Policy Expert

    Updating the Archetype of Public Policy Expert

    This week, to continue Off-Kilter’s ongoing series of conversations about the limiting beliefs we as a collective must release and replace to pave the way for economic liberation, Rebecca sat down with Stefan Lallinger, executive director of an organization housed at The Century Foundation called The Next 100. They have a far-ranging conversation about a core limiting belief constraining economic and other public policy making in the United States today—the notion that you need an advanced degree from an ivy league school and a Washington resume to be qualified to shape our society’s public policies—and how The Next 100 is working to update the archetype of public policy expert.
    For more:
    Learn more about The Next 100 and the current cohort of policy entrepreneurs Follow Stefan on Twitter (@stefanlallinger) Check out The Next 100’s upcoming event

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    “Believe Disabled People”: How the Pod Access Initiative Is Removing Barriers to Entry for Deaf and Disabled Podcasters

    “Believe Disabled People”: How the Pod Access Initiative Is Removing Barriers to Entry for Deaf and Disabled Podcasters

    This week, to continue Off-Kilter’s ongoing series about the limiting beliefs we as a collective must release and replace to pave the way for economic liberation, Rebecca sat down with Cheryl Green and Thomas Reid, two disabled podcasters who are leading a very cool new project called the Pod Access Initiative, in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project. They have a far-ranging conversation about why it’s so important to diversify the voices out there in media—as hosts and guests and content creators of all kinds—and how the Pod Access Initiative is working to remove barriers to entry for people with disabilities in media, while taking on limiting beliefs around whose voices “deserve” to be driving the conversation when it comes to podcasts and more. 
    For more from this week’s guests:
    Check out Cheryl’s podcast Pigeonhole and Thomas’s podcast Reid My Mind Radio Learn more about Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility Project and subscribe to the Disability Visibility Podcast  Here is Cheryl’s podcast episode with Alice Wong about “good radio voices” Follow Thomas (@tsreid) and Cheryl (@WhoAmIToStopIt) on Twitter To get in touch with the Pod Access Initiative, email thepodaccess@gmail.com. 

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    SSI at 50: The Safety Net America Forgot

    SSI at 50: The Safety Net America Forgot

    This week, Off-Kilter’s taking a quick break from the ongoing series of conversations Rebecca’s been having with leaders around the limiting beliefs we as a collective must release and replace to pave the way for economic liberation, to bring you a discussion Rebecca had last week at a virtual event hosted by The Century Foundation and the Disability Economic Justice Collaborative to mark October 2022 as the fiftieth anniversary of Supplemental Security Income, or SSI—a long-forgotten and badly neglected component of our nation’s safety net. 
    For more:
    Watch the full SSI at 50 virtual anniversary event Read more from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities about the human consequences of decades of federal neglect of SSI Read about updating SSI would mean to its disabled and older beneficiaries, in their own words Learn more about the bipartisan push to update SSI’s antiquated $2,000 asset limit Dig into the TCF-Data for Progress polling finding overwhelming bipartisan support for updating SSI

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    Your Work Is Not Your Worth, Part 2

    Your Work Is Not Your Worth, Part 2

    This week, continuing Off-Kilter’s ongoing series of conversations about the limiting beliefs that we as a collective must release and replace to pave the way for economic liberation, Rebecca sat down with two dear friends and leaders within guaranteed income movement—Dorian Warren and Aisha Nyandoro—to continue the conversation we started last week about one of the most toxic limiting beliefs underpinning large-scale oppression in the United States today: the notion that a human being’s worth comes from their work. Dorian Warren is co-president of Community Change and co-chair of the Economic Security Project, and Aisha Nyandoro is CEO of Springboard to Opportunities and founder of the Magnolia Mother’s Trust. 
    For more from this week’s guests:
    Learn more about Aisha’s work and the Springboard to Opportunity and the Magnolia Mothers’ Trust here Learn more about Dorian’s work with Community Change and the Economic Security Project Follow Aisha (@aisha_nyandoro) and Dorian (@dorianwarren) on Twitter

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    Your Work Is Not Your Worth

    Your Work Is Not Your Worth

    This week, continuing Off-Kilter’s ongoing series of conversations about the limiting beliefs that we as a collective must release and replace to pave the way for economic liberation, Rebecca sat down with two dear friends and leaders within the disability rights and justice movement to talk about one of the most toxic limiting beliefs underpinning large-scale oppression in the United States today: the notion that a human being’s worth comes from their work. They ended up having a far-ranging conversation about why disability leaders know this is not a moment to be seeking to return to “normal,” who the American dream was and wasn’t designed to include, and some of the key limiting beliefs constraining the modern American philanthropic sector. Rebecca Cokley is the program officer for disability rights at the Ford Foundation, and Keith Jones is president and CEO of Soul Touchin’ Enterprises. 
    For more from this week’s guests:
    Learn more about Keith’s work here Learn more about Cokley’s work as the first U.S. disability rights program officer at the Ford Foundation here Follow Cokley (@rebeccacokley) and Keith (@dasoultoucha) on Twitter And get caught up on the permanent economic recession facing the U.S. disability community in this TCF-CEPR report

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    “We Will Not Go Back to Normal”: Moving Beyond 'Cutting Poverty' to a Vision of Economic Liberation

    “We Will Not Go Back to Normal”: Moving Beyond 'Cutting Poverty' to a Vision of Economic Liberation

    Modern-day oracles are increasingly describing this moment in human history as a “battle of imaginations”—in which oppression is what happens when an individual or a whole group of people are living in someone else’s dream, instead of being free to dream their own.
    It’s in that spirit that the first episode of Off-Kilter’s fall season kicks off with the words of poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor:
    “We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate, and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.” 
    To that end, as Off-Kilter steps out of the news cycle this fall to reflect on the broader context of the moment in human history we find ourselves in—and the roles we can all play in shaping our collective future—the pod will be diving deep into the key limiting beliefs we as a society must release and replace in order to realize true economic liberation for us all, which feels in many ways to be the medicine our policy, advocacy, and movement spaces need most right now, as a much-needed antidote to the short-termism that dominates so much inside-the-beltway strategy and thinking today.
    So, to kick off this series of conversations, Rebecca sat down with two of her favorite advocates, visionaries, and storytellers—Jeremie Greer and Solana Rice. They’re the cofounders of Liberation in a Generation, which works to build a liberation economy where people of color belong. They’re also the cohosts of the podcast Racism Is Profitable. A core through-line of their work is calling out and tearing down the limiting beliefs upholding what they call the “oppression economy” that defines life in America today.
    For more from this week’s guests:
    Learn more about Liberation in a Generation and connect with them at liberationinageneration.org Subscribe to “Racism Is Profitable” Follow Solana and Jeremie on Twitter @solanarice and @jeremiegreer

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