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Authenticity, Belonging, Community, hosted by author, activist, and thought-leader Michael Fosberg, seeks to forge connections and uncover commonalities through meaningful conversations about identity. In individual reflections and candid discussions with other thought-leaders and professionals, Michael highlights a wide range of stories that may be overlooked or neglected. Incognito hopes to inspire listeners to become leaders, and provide tools for action so we can all become partners in creating a more authentic, inclusive society.

Authenticity, Belonging, Community Michael Fosberg

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Authenticity, Belonging, Community, hosted by author, activist, and thought-leader Michael Fosberg, seeks to forge connections and uncover commonalities through meaningful conversations about identity. In individual reflections and candid discussions with other thought-leaders and professionals, Michael highlights a wide range of stories that may be overlooked or neglected. Incognito hopes to inspire listeners to become leaders, and provide tools for action so we can all become partners in creating a more authentic, inclusive society.

    S7 Ep3 : Just Slow Down | Sean DeMarco Garcia

    S7 Ep3 : Just Slow Down | Sean DeMarco Garcia

    Sean DeMarco Garcia is the Founder/Coordinator of Astrochemistry Consulting LLC, which offers training and coaching sessions in de-escalation and crisis intervention for frontline workers. They teach individuals how to humanely deescalate those experiencing an emotional or mental wellness crisis both in personal and professional interactions. Sean has written a book on his de-escalation work throughout his life entitled “It Isn’t About You,” and has 30+ years of experience as a naval veteran, police officer, and head of the private security department for a hospital.

    Key Takeaways


    We are all connected


    Curate a worldview that is based in culture


    Experience as much of the beauty of the world as you can


    Be careful of your perceptions of others and the way these can influence your own behavior


    Three things to live by: empathy, listening, and validating emotions


    It’s not about you – everyone is dealing with something


    Slow down – don’t rush to respond


    Prioritize self-care and encourage others to do the same


    Be curious – learn about the perspectives and cultures of others



    Guest’s Media Recommendations:


    It Isn’t About You (book) by Sean DeMarco Garcia



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    Find Guest’s work:


    AstroChemistry Consulting: https://actc11.com/home-page 



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    For more of Michael’s work, visit our website www.incognitotheplay.com or follow us on Instagram @incognitotheplay

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    Thanks to Ned Doheny for providing our podcast music! You can find him and his music on Spotify.

    Editing and co-production of this podcast by Nina Kissinger.

    Email info@incognitotheplay.com with questions or comments about the show!

    • 25 min
    S7 Ep2 : Representation Matters | Elaine Ho

    S7 Ep2 : Representation Matters | Elaine Ho

    Elaine Ho serves as NASA’s Chief Diversity Officer, providing executive and transformative leadership over diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) policy and programs for the entire NASA workforce. Ho is a long-time public servant who has been connected to DEIA throughout her career, having held multiple high-level positions at the Department of Agriculture, IRS, and the White House. Prior to her federal service career, Ho was a practicing attorney, specializing in employment law and workplace diversity and inclusion, and served over four years active duty as an Air Force criminal prosecutor.



    Key Takeaways:


    Representation matters – you have to see it to be able to achieve it


    Collaboration is everything


    Trust is the foundation of successful collaboration


    Meet people where they are at – put yourself in their shoes


    Demonstrate the value of DEIA to get people onboard




    There are times to be right and there are times to understand 


    Be yourself, everyone else is already taken


    Authenticity is a lifelong state of self-reflection 



    Guest’s Media Recommendations:


    The Space Race (documentary)



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    Find Guest’s work:


    NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/



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    For more of Michael’s work, visit our website www.incognitotheplay.com or follow us on Instagram @incognitotheplay

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    Thanks to Ned Doheny for providing our podcast music! You can find him and his music on Spotify.

    Editing and co-production of this podcast by Nina Kissinger.

    Email info@incognitotheplay.com with questions or comments about the show!

    • 36 min
    S7 Ep1 : DEI is Not a Threat | Michael Fosberg

    S7 Ep1 : DEI is Not a Threat | Michael Fosberg

    Welcome back to another season of INCOGNITO the podcast! In the first episode of Season 7, Michael offers his thoughts on the demonstrated value of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our society and the high cost of its politicization in the U.S. Michael shares his insight into navigating the divisive world we find ourselves in and reminds listeners that DEI is a human issue, not a political one. 

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    For more of Michael’s work, visit our website www.incognitotheplay.com or follow us on Instagram.

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    Thanks to Ned Doheny for providing our podcast music! You can find him and his music on Spotify.

    Editing and co-production of this podcast by Nina Kissinger.

    Email info@incognitotheplay.com with questions or comments about the show!

    • 20 min
    S6 Ep10 : Make Connections Not Impressions | Laura Schellhardt

    S6 Ep10 : Make Connections Not Impressions | Laura Schellhardt

    Laura Schellhardt is a Chicago based playwright and adapter. Her original works include Air Guitar High, Auctioning the Ainsleys, The Apothecary's Daughter, The K of D, Courting Vampires, and Shapeshifters, among many others. Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Outfit, and Creole Folktales. She is also the author of Screenwriting for Dummies. She’s a two-time Jeff Award nominee and recipient of the AATE Distinguished Play Award, the New Play Frontier’s residency, the TCG National Playwriting Residency, the Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship. She has participated in the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Women Playwrights Festival at SRC, the Kennedy Center's New Voices/New Visions Festival, the Bonderman TYA Symposium, the Ojai New Play Conference, the Denver Center New Play Summit, the Bay Area Theatre Festival, and the O'Neill National Playwright's Festival, among others. She received her graduate degree from Brown University, under Paula Vogel. She’s a former Victory Gardens Resident Playwright and current member of Walkabout Playwrights Collective and she oversees the undergraduate play Schellhardt oversees the undergraduate playwriting program in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University.  

    Key Takeaways


    We all hold many identities and their salience changes with time and context


    Privilege can be an obstacle when you’re not aware of it but it can be a tool to empower others


    What you practice grows stronger, especially with how you talk to yourself and others


    What and how you give your attention is one of your most powerful tools 


    Effort > outcome and process > product


    There’s a difference between safety and comfort and it is important to learn and grow in discomfort


    Authenticity is a series of choices based on your values and intentions


    Take yourself seriously but hold yourself lightly


    Make connections not impressions





    Guest’s Media Recommendations:


    The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How To Decolonize the Creative Classroom by Felicia Rose Chavez (book)


    Creative Acts for Curious People by Sarah Stein Greenberg (book)



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    Find Guest’s work:


    https://communication.northwestern.edu/faculty/laura-schellhardt.html



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    For more of Michael’s work, visit our website www.incognitotheplay.com or follow us on Instagram @incognitotheplay

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    Thanks to Ned Doheny for providing our podcast music! You can find him and his music on Spotify.

    Editing and co-production of this podcast by Emma Yarger.

    Email info@incognitotheplay.com with questions or comments about the show!

    • 55 min
    S6 Ep9 : Majority In The Middle | Shannon Watson

    S6 Ep9 : Majority In The Middle | Shannon Watson

    Shannon Watson is a communicator, strategist, thought leader, and civic thinker. Shannon has worked in policy public affairs roles for Majority in the Middle, Casper Corcoran, The Medical Alley Association, St. Paul Area Chamber, U.S. Bank, the Minnesota Senate and the National conference of State Legislatures. She has more than two decades of experience in electoral politics having worked on local and state-wide campaigns on both sides of the aisle in Kansas, Colorado and Minnesota. She holds a bachelor's degree in English, Theatre, and Psychology from Wichita State University and a master's degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her dog, CJ. 

    Key Takeaways


    Unfortunately people often focus on differences first, how can we challenge ourselves to look past differences to see similarities


    The more time and effort put into relationships makes people more comfortable with people who are different from them or with things they don’t understand


    There’s no all or nothing — every group is varied and has diversity within it


    Authenticity is about owning your successes and failures





    Guest’s Media Recommendations: 


    The Newsroom (TV series)



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    Find Guest’s work:


    https://www.majoritymiddle.com/shannon-watson



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    For more of Michael’s work, visit our website www.incognitotheplay.com or follow us on Instagram @incognitotheplay

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    Thanks to Ned Doheny for providing our podcast music! You can find him and his music on Spotify.

    Editing and co-production of this podcast by Emma Yarger.

    Email info@incognitotheplay.com with questions or comments about the show!

    • 37 min
    S6 Ep8 : Build Your Capacity To Listen | Michael Rohd

    S6 Ep8 : Build Your Capacity To Listen | Michael Rohd

    Michael Rohd is a theatre-maker, educator, process designer, writer and facilitator. His research and creative practice is focused on civic imagination. He has a 30+ year history of projects across sectors bringing cultural activity to the work of public engagement, community planning and cross-sector coalition building. In 1992 in Washington DC he co-founded Hope Is Vital, an arts & public health program that, over 8 years, helped start up theatre-based public engagement/HIV prevention coalitions in over 80 communities around the US. In 1999, he co-founded Sojourn Theatre and served as artistic director for 20 years, co creating and directing nearly 30 devised often site specific and participatory theatre works. In 2012, he co-founded Center for Performance and Civic Practice, a collective of nine artists/facilitators who  work with organizations and agencies around the country on community research, transformational process and system change. He is currently Civic Collaborations Director for One Nation One Project, a national arts/municipality/public health project & research cohort in partnership with National League of Cities; he is co-designer/co-facilitator for Art-Train, a virtual national technical assistance program in partnership with Springboard for the Arts.  He recently founded the Co-Lab for Civic Imagination at the University of Montana, and he is author of the book Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue.



    Key Takeaways


    Groups of people share something, whether that is space, time, values or goals


    What is the harm of entering a space with the intention of persuading others at all costs?


    Bringing people together might require different tactics depending on their goals. Reflect and dialogue with community members before jumping in


    Working with a co-facilitator makes for better processes and better outcomes


    When things are off, be mindful. Pause and be transparent about what might be going wrong


    We all need to build our capacity for listening





    Guest’s Media Recommendations:


    The Candy House by Jennifer Egan (book)


    Can’t Drink Salt Water by Kendra Mylnechuk Potter (play)



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    Find Guest’s work:


    https://howlround.com/commons/michael-rohd



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    For more of Michael’s work, visit our website www.incognitotheplay.com or follow us on Instagram @incognitotheplay

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    Thanks to Ned Doheny for providing our podcast music! You can find him and his music on Spotify.

    Editing and co-production of this podcast by Emma Yarger.

    Email info@incognitotheplay.com with questions or comments about the show!

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Petunia903 ,

The Real Deal

Looked the preamble of the 2023 season and I’m excited about learning from and about your guests.

There’s nothing like your podcast; truly something for everyone.

HPonFire ,

Engaging and Thoughtful

Just binged this podcast. Host is fantastic and I loved all of the conversation thus far!

Sanchul ,

Love it

Thoughtful, practical, heartfelt. Michael asks all the right questions: who are we? who do we want to be? how did we arrive here with these identities and what are we going to do with them?

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