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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.

    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
    S6 Ep7 : Leaving Legacies of Inclusion | Rhodes Perry

    S6 Ep7 : Leaving Legacies of Inclusion | Rhodes Perry

    Rhodes Perry is a bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and an internationally sought-after keynoter. He helps senior executives and people leaders build belonging at work by establishing psychological safety and trust. Nationally recognized as a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) thought leader, he has over 20 years of leadership experience having worked at the White House, the Department of Justice, the City of New York and PFLAG National. Media Outlets like Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and the Associated Press have featured his powerful work. Both of his books, Belonging at Work (2018) and Imagine Belonging (2022) debuted as #1 Amazon bestsellers and were published by Publish Your Purpose Press. He earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and a MPA from New York University. He currently serves on the National LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce’s Transgender Inclusion Task Force, and the Cascade AIDS Project’s Board of Directors.



    Key Takeaways


    When people share their identities and experiences with you, receive them with care


    Standing up and advocating for yourself paves the way for others to do the same


    Be aware of who you intentionally including and also who you might accidentally be discluding


    Push yourself out of your comfort zone to engage with many communities and people who identify differently than you


    When you notice that you’re uncomfortable, note where its happening in your body, and remember that learning happens just past the edge of your comfort zone


    At work it's important for everyone to have the agency to show up as authentically as they choose


    Pay attention to who’s speaking, whose ideas are considered and whose aren’t





    Guest’s Media Recommendations:


    Disclosure (Documentary)



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    Find Guest’s work:


    https://www.rhodesperry.com/



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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!

    • 39 min
    S6 Ep6 : Authenticity Is Integration | Catherine Altman Morgan

    S6 Ep6 : Authenticity Is Integration | Catherine Altman Morgan

    Catherine Altman Morgan is an award-winning career transition expert and business consultant who has been coaching clients and colleagues through job and life transitions for more than 20 years. She is the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc. and the author of This Isn't Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.

    Key Takeaways


    Be empathetic, use your experience and build trust


    Intentionally set up a safe space by providing guidelines like



    The details of what’s shared here stay here


    No meanness, shaming or blaming


    Its okay to get personal



    Go into new situations with no expectations


    Engage your curiosity


    Authenticity is integration of all parts of yourself





    Guest’s Media Recommendations:


    Imagine Belonging by Rhodes Perry



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    Find Guest’s work:


    Catherine Altman Morgan | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster



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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
    S6 Ep5 : Make Space, Embody Joy | Joe Davis

    S6 Ep5 : Make Space, Embody Joy | Joe Davis

    Joe Davis is an award-winning spoken word artist and bestselling author who uses poetry to power possibility. Joe is a student and practitioner of Radical Joy, a deep-rooted wellspring of well-being that he cultivates in community through writing, music, theater, and dance. Based in Minneapolis, he tours internationally to join schools, faith spaces, and nonprofits to practice envisioning and embodying a world of collective liberation and human flourishing. Joe holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology of the Arts and also heads a multimedia production company, a soul funk band, and a racial justice education program.



    Key Takeaways


    Radical joy is getting to the root, depth and fullness of joy which includes the wholeness of human emotions


    Art allows us to slow down and move at the pace of relationship


    Lead with questions, invitations and vulnerability


    The sooner we understand that race work is uncomfortable and that we’re going to mess up sometimes the sooner we can get to repair work


    Find your freedom practice: a daily ritual that will help you feel more healed, whole and alive



    Guest’s Media Recommendations:


    Everything, Everywhere, All At Once (movie)



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    Find Guest’s work:


    www.JoeDavisPoetry.com


    We Rise Higher: Poems and Prayers for Graduates | Sparkhousegher



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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!

    • 30 min
    S6 Ep4 : Mindset, Listening and Self Love | Shirley Buck

    S6 Ep4 : Mindset, Listening and Self Love | Shirley Buck

    Content warning: This episode discusses abuse and suicide. Please take care as you listen.



    Shirley Buck is the author of the internationally best-selling book Sweet Freedom Whispered in My Ear. A dedicated mindset coach specializing in trauma and abuse recovery. Drawing from her own remarkable journey of overcoming years of severe abuse and trauma. In addition to her coaching expertise she is also an energy healer helping individuals find healing and empowerment. Her life’s mission is to inspire and guide others on their path to recovery, resilience and personal transformation.



    Key Takeaways


    Mindset is everything — it can help you learn, find joy and overcome anxiety, depression or other struggles


    Learning how to change your thought process can change your life


    When you’re in survival mode, it's difficult to feel and process your emotions. Once you find safety you can process your experiences.


    Your identities and your past do not define your value


    Take an active role in creating your life by being vulnerable and actively creating your mindset



     

    Guest’s Media Recommendations:


    The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks



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    Find Guest’s work:


    https://www.shirleybuck.com/


    https://a.co/d/2PTpee2



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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!

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
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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