An exploration of the self-similarity of across its diversity.
Diving in to themes of conflict transformation, cultural evolution, transcending political polarization, racial healing, music, art, history, the future, science and spirituality.
Host, Duncan Autrey, interviews with interesting people with unique perspectives on the world and seeing what we can learn from each other, because “we all have a role to play in the whole.”
Duncan Autrey is a conflict transformation catalyst and educator, and co-founder and Chief Transformation Officer at Spoke & Wheel, The Workplace Relationship Experts.
"Designing Workplaces of Safety & Trust" with Alla Weinberg
In this episode I talk with Alla Weinberg. Alla is my business partner, and we are the co-founders of Spoke & Wheel the workplace relationship experts. (www.spokeandwheel.co)
In this conversation we talk about our vision of a future of work, where people are excited about the work they get to do and nourished by the people they get to work with. We talk about how teams, companies and organizations are constantly a balance between the interdependent polarities of power and love, and how they become generative when they can strike a balance between being productive and effective, on one hand, and inspire a sense of connection and belonging, on the other.
We talk about Alla's new book A Culture of Safety and consider the essential ingredients for creating a safe and trusting team, and practical strategies for leaders to create and transform culture. And we talk about complex systems theory, spirituality and crochet.
More info at: www.fractalfriends.us/fractalfriends/alla-weinberg-2
Music: "You Are Always Held" by Joyous Dawn
"Honoring Dignity & Leading in Polarization" with David Brubaker
David Brubaker is a Professor of Sociology, and Author of a new book called When the Center Does Not Hold: Leading in an Age of Polarization
In this conversation we talk about polarization and what happens when conflict reaches its highest levels: people stop caring about the issues and the conflict turns personal. When this happens people start to believe that who wins or loses the conflict will have profound cosmic consequences, a battle between good and evil. They believe that the only solution will be separation from their enemy or the complete elimination of them.
We talk about the causes of polarization which David distills down to a combination of inequality, a threat to identity & a stated grievance that people can rally around. We recognize that all of those elements are exacerbated by personal and generational trauma. The sources of our divisions run deep.
We talk about strategies for living and leading in times of polarization. The upshot here is: honor your dignity, honor the dignity of others, speak your truth and then work to stay connected.
Finally we talk about how the only way to transform polarization is to de-escalate the conflict. Given lessons from history, it's not pretty to imagine what happens if we don't. David suggests, and I agree, that we might need to take a collective timeout so that we can have a cool down period.
Polarization is a big theme in this season of Fractal Friends and the perspective that David brings in this conversation is grounded, practical, and inspiring.
More Info at the episode webpage: fractalfriends.us/fractalfriends/david-brubaker
Music: "Birds of the Night" by Jen Myzel (jenmyzel.net)
Work with Duncan: www.spokeandwheel.co
"Intersectional & Authentic Transformation" with Sunshine Michelle Coleman
Sunshine Michelle is a spiritual leader, a visionary, an academic and a poet who is deep into her doctoral dissertation about Authentic Self-Expression of Black and Brown Women. Her academic inquiry is based on a sacred sister circle that she has been conducting over the last year in Berkeley, California.
In this conversation we talk about finding and expressing your authentic self and the powerful rippling out of healing that is created when someone shares their self with the world. We talk about the intersectionality of oppression and liberation, black feminist theory and spirituality and how they all intersect with one another.
This is a timely conversation, where we talk about navigating and calling in the profound transformation that the world is currently going through and how it is reflected in our own personal transformation experiences. And we talk about forgiveness, holy boldness, oneness, the whispers of our ancestors and so much more.
More Info at: fractalfriends.us/fractalfriends/sunshine-michelle-coleman
Music: "We Survived" by Climbing PoeTree Music (www.climbingpoetree.com)
Work with Duncan: www.spokeandwheel.co
"Growing & Healing Through Conflict" with AddieRose Mayer & Ei Ei Samai
In this episode I talk with AddieRose Mayer and Ei Ei Samai. AddieRose is the Executive Director at SEEDS Community Resolution Center (seedscrc.org). Ei Ei is a Culture Designer at Samai Group (bravenewus.com).
This conversation is grounded in reality-based optimism that’s rooted in our lived-experiences that show that not only is it possible to communicate across our differences, it is sure to create growth and healing for everyone involved.
In this conversation we talk about how conflict transformation skills are a powerful antidote for many of the social and political issues that we face today. We talk about how living and thriving in diversity is amazing, and that it is also hard work. We get into the important differences between deconstructing systems and transforming systems. We discuss how each of us are able to consciously design the processes, systems and cultures that work best for us, and we talk about the important role of grief and grieving in any process of transformation.
More Info at: fractalfriends.us/fractalfriends/addierose-and-eiei
Music: "Carry Forth" by Boondock Squad
"Evolving Democracy with Cultural Intelligence" with Steve McIntosh
Steve McIntosh (stevemcintosh.com) is a political philosopher and an author. His most recent book is called Developmental Politics: How America Can Grow into a Better Version of Itself. Steve is the founder of the think tank Institute for Cultural Evolution.
Steve was on Fractal Friends in 2016. That conversation was called "Transcending Political Polarization." In this conversation we talk about the cultural challenges of current U.S. Politics and the potential for finding a cultural solution. We talk about the idea of cultural intelligence, the ability to see the positive and negative qualities of each political worldview including our own. We get deep into the nature of polarization and how to turn our polarizing tensions into generative progress. And we talk about developing our own sense of good.
We talk about the rise of a new political worldview called "post-progressivism" that aims to integrate the existing spectrum of political perspectives, and bring forward the best of all of them.
More Info at: fractalfriends.us/fractalfriends/steve-mcintosh-2
Beethoven's “Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Opus 110” played by Julia Froschhammer.
"Relating Deeply and Facing Reality" with Ashok Panikkar
The guest in this episode is Ashok Panikkar. Ashok is committed to helping develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are vital to strengthening the culture of democracy in the face if the eroding of confidence in liberal democracies and the rise of illiberal and authoritarian regimes. This episode promises to get us to question everything we thought we know about democracy, rights and freedom.
In this conversation we talk about how democracy depends on people understanding our interrelatedness and highlights the importance of developing quality relationships. We talk about how conflict and diversity are deeply connected with each other and how both require care and attention. The way that we engage with conflict and diversity can lead to either positive or negative experiences.
We talk about facing reality, and how despite what it seems, we are living in the best time in history. We need to be thoughtful and careful about what parts we want to criticize or change, and what parts we want to keep the same. We talk about how our current culture (especially capitalism) encourages the "Commodification of the soul." We consider the power of understanding that as individuals we are pretty small in the big picture and this understanding can liberate us from the prison of identity and as free individual we can really embrace the joy of living in uncertainty and complexity.
Music: "Temperature Rise and Fall" by Sky Nelson-Isaacs
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This podcast gives me hope that we can recognize each other's shared humanity and come together to empathize with each other. I especially found the episode about political polarization helpful in this stressful post-election week. The podcast helps me to reframe how I view people with views different than mine, and to begin to put empathy and common ground first. Also, Duncan has the kindest-sounding voice.