61 episodes

Welcome to Collective Power: we are out to transform trauma system-wide by presenting a mirror of the system to itself. Each week, we focus on one system. Each show, we hear from a person who has an experience of one aspect of that system. On the last show each month, we bring folks back together to look at the big picture and what is possible for our city, our country and our world. From these conversations, repeated patterns at different levels across society: the key to societal transformation.

Collective Power Podcast Rita S Fierro. Ph.D.

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Welcome to Collective Power: we are out to transform trauma system-wide by presenting a mirror of the system to itself. Each week, we focus on one system. Each show, we hear from a person who has an experience of one aspect of that system. On the last show each month, we bring folks back together to look at the big picture and what is possible for our city, our country and our world. From these conversations, repeated patterns at different levels across society: the key to societal transformation.

    Trailblazer Series: Making your truth your life with Sharon Hurley Hall

    Trailblazer Series: Making your truth your life with Sharon Hurley Hall

    In this episode, we zoom in on the journey of a trailblazing leader and her passage from being a corporate writer to full-time antiracism professional.  We explore how a personal calling can shift from  side-kick to a way of being that doesn't allow us to walk any other way in the world. As for the antiracism conversation, we touch upon self-care, global whiteness, and lexicon--and most importantly where the field is going.

    Our guest, Sharon Hurley Hall is an anti-racism activist, writer, and educator. Firmly committed to doing her part to eliminate racism, she is the Founder and Curator-in-Chief of Sharon’s Anti-Racism Newsletter. In this twice-weekly online publication, Sharon writes about existing while Black in majority-white spaces, and amplifies the voices of other anti-racism activists. She has written and ghostwritten articles for companies and non-profits looking to show up authentically with their DEIB and JEDI content. Sharon is also the Head of Anti-Racism & Special Advisor for Anti-Racist Leaders.

    Resources mentioned on the show:
    Sharon's website
    Antiracism Newsletter website

    Originally recorded on 7/8/2022.
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    Love and Fear Series: Power is Neutral with Organizer Pastor Daniel Hughes

    Love and Fear Series: Power is Neutral with Organizer Pastor Daniel Hughes

    In this episode,  we look at the Church's participation in white supremacy as the complete opposite of Jesus' tradition as a community organizer, himself. We look into religious concepts such as mercy and grace as they inform our personal, relational, and social way of organizing our society. Two GenXers in conversation about relationships, connections, and healing for the generation of latchkey kids who didn't feel tended to. 

    "A lot of churches have resources, but they don't have the hearts of the people." --Pastor Daniel Hughes 
    "Choose to Risk something for love!" --Pastor Daniel Hughes 
    Our guest, Daniel Hughes is a gifted speaker, poet, leadership coach, and community organizer. Connected to the marginalized, he co-creates and uses his gifts in communication and organizing for the AMOS project in partnership with the Hamilton County Office of Reentry.  Daniel works to reduce gun violence and deaths, mass incarceration, and recidivism in the county while leading inter-faith organizations to create real change for good in their communities. 
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    Originally recorded on May 20, 2022.
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    Love and Fear Series: Racial Justice Organizing beyond Fear with Robin Wright-Pierce

    Love and Fear Series: Racial Justice Organizing beyond Fear with Robin Wright-Pierce

    In this episode, we talk about our bodies play a crucial role in requiring us to shift from unsustainable social justice organizing from fear, anxiety, hyper-vigilance, and chaos  to organizing from the more sustainable  care, trust, love, and even joy.  We also talk about the how organizational dynamics such as perceived leadership, funding, and results strengthen fear, too. Our guest invites us to "build our capacity to enter into new relationship with white supremacy, patriarchy, and sexism."

    "Freedom is both personal and collective."-Robin Wright-Pierce

    Our guest, Robin Wright-Pierce is a coach and facilitator of individual and collective liberation with more than a decade of experience cultivating race equity in organizations and in social change efforts.  She is the founder of The Wright Institute for Transformative Change which partners with individuals and organizations to build their capacity to advance courageous change.  Robin has worked on issues related to community re-entry and rights for returning citizens, education justice, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration justice, and ending anti-Black police brutality. Her approaches to change spanned formal and informal pursuits involving policy and legislative change, community organizing, design thinking and inclusive facilitation, research and advocacy, and field training and development.


    Robin is a thought leader. Her insight and perspective has been captured in NPR’s WBEZ Chicago, KCUR, and WVXU. Her wisdom has been captured in The New York Times, Diversity Issues in Higher Education and in the documentary This Changes Everything now available on Netflix. Recently, she was named one of the top 22 leaders in the country to learn from by Bunch, a coaching company.  She is a proud alumnus of both The Ohio State University where she received her Master of Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Kent State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Pan-African Studies.

    Resources:
    Robin Wright's website The Wright Institute .

    Originally recorded on May 12 , 2022.


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    Educational Excellence despite the system with Dr. Ishmail Conway and Dr. Rodney Hopson

    Educational Excellence despite the system with Dr. Ishmail Conway and Dr. Rodney Hopson

    In this episode, we look at examples of  educational excellence throughout African American history in the face of tremendous challenges. Two deeply committed educators challenge us to think about the educational system more broadly given the many ways we learn. They offer examples of questioning language and reconnecting to self, community, and land bring forth healing.

    Our guest, Ishmail Conway Ph.D., is a “public intellectual” and “catalyst.” Dr. Conway is a third-generation educator, professional dramatist, father and activist.  His youth was spent in Southside Richmond, Bronx, New York and Philadelphia. As a youth, he performed with Duke Ellington in the Concert of Sacred Music, Ahmal and the Night Visitors and several other operas. He co-founded Soweto Stage company in Richmond and has appeared in films and performed for the Colonial Williamsburg, Valley Forge Foundation. Conway’s work as a theatrical director is critically acclaimed including two world premiere plays and a produced premiere opera on Richmond’s Churchill. Dr. Conway worked on interview projects for the nation’s 50th celebration of the Brown Decision. Many of the interviews were published in the book The Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education.  At the National Archives, he presented a lecture on his research model for the kickoff of the National Archives year-long research of Brown thru May 2004. Last year, his work interviewing teachers and activists, over the past 20 years was noted in Harvard’s History of Education Quarterly. The Association of College Unions-International selected Ishmail as the Multicultural Educator of the Year.
    Our other guest, Rodney Hopson is the first born of two passionate and lifelong learners and teachers, blessed to inherit a spirit of resolve and perseverance, an unwavering commitment to his fellow (wo)man, and an increased desire to leave the world a better place than the one into which he was born.  Hopson currently serves as a professor of Evaluation in the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where he holds appointments/affiliations in the Department of Educational Policy, Organization, & Leadership and the Center of African Studies.  Nearly 25 years as a university professor, Hopson has received funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, W. K Kellogg Foundation, and other local and international funders in support of his evolving research and evaluation that lie in understanding factors that contribute to the optimal aspirational and academic success of underserved and underrepresented groups in social and natural sciences.  His post-doctoral/sabbatical studies included academic positions at the University of Namibia (as Fulbright Scholar), the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Hygiene and Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University.
    Resources mentioned on the show
    African American evaluators article
    Education of Blacks in the South 1860-1935 book

    Contact Dr. Ishmail Conway email: ishmail.conway@gmail.com
    Contact Dr. Rodney Hopson email: hopson@illinois.edu
    Originally recorded on 4.30.2022. 
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    Love and fear series: What we fear most is ourselves with amy j howton, Ph.D.

    Love and fear series: What we fear most is ourselves with amy j howton, Ph.D.

    In this episode, we review ways in which fear can be not a stop sign, but an invitation into deeper practice. We need others to be the mirror with us, and liberation is in community and in relationship ,  so as we build a deeper relationship with each other, through fear, we discover that the system is not separate from us,  but we uphold it with our culture. As we transform, the System will, too. This happens both in relationship and in  our personal work. Our guest, invites us to show up more whole, by inviting fear to be a guide, embracing our awkward moments, and seeing reconciliation as the way. 
    Our guest,  amy j howton is a healer, facilitator, story weaver, and writer who holds holds an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a doctorate in Ecological Counseling. amy is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio, experienced in participatory action research and human-centered design and trained in the Art of Hosting.. amy believes there is powerful medicine in the sharing of our stories. her work over the past twenty years has focused in the areas of trauma response, racial + gender justice, spiritual leadership, community building, and social change + communal healing. communities of practice as a model for transformative change have been a focus of my research and practice throughout my work and i continue to believe in the power of bringing people together through intentional cycles of action and reflection. amy

    Resources:
    Sonia Renee Taylor podcast
    amy's website Wild Roots
    Originally recorded on May 2. 2022.
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    The Power of Intention with Yvonne DeVastey

    The Power of Intention with Yvonne DeVastey

    In this episode, we navigate the importance of intention as the fuel that mobilizes life. We look into how intention helps direct the flow of life and face the unknown, but also how we must release control for it to show its full power. We also discuss some current events such as war that tend to disempower--and reveal how we can indeed stand in our own power no matter what is happening in the rest of the world. 

    Our guest, Yvonne DeVastey, is a Reiki Master teacher with a wealth of experience in the mental health field as a family therapist and administrator shares her experiences. We navigate the differences between the services our systems provide, and sometimes pay for, and actual journeys of healing. We explore definitions of health and healing, how healing journeys impact changes of direction in our personal lives and sometimes the lives of our families, too. A variety of healing practices and some insights on how to value your intuition on which one is for you. In this episode we connect journeys of personal and family healing, with the way our health systems do, or don't address healing.

    Resources mentioned on the show:
    Seat of the Soul book
    Yvonne's email: cloudsunlimited@aol.com

    Originally recorded on April 6, 2022. 
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