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Explore the possibility of aligning progressive culture--the new "radical majority"--with integral philosophy and metamodern politics.

Growing Down: A Progressive Integral Podcast Jeremy Johnson, Matt Hudkins

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Explore the possibility of aligning progressive culture--the new "radical majority"--with integral philosophy and metamodern politics.

    Not Necessarily Politics

    Not Necessarily Politics

    Frayed. That's the word I think of when I think of how I left Growing Down. Growing Down was last published in 2020. A lot of water has flown under the bridge since that time. Here is an update of cohosts Jeremy and Ryan: Jeremy is engaged in other projects but is up for reunions now and then. Ryan has created a wonderful political podcast "Meta-Ideological Politics" with Nate Coffman that deserves a listen to. 

    As for me, I was not ready to let Growing Down, or GD, go because I believe the panel of thinkers we interviewed are the foundation for future integral politics. I want to build upon their insights. 

    There are two subjects for the episode. The first is closure.  I am not certain of the future of Growing Down, but I do know that the idea that birthed GD is still very needed today. Before giving up on it, I wanted to explore the subject of political engagement. Growing Down was my political engagement-at least, how I measured it. Without this political outlet, I found myself disinterested in the current political narrative. 

    There was a wonderful satirical sitcom in the 80's called "Not Necessarily the News". As a child, I watched it with joy to watch some of the world leaders make comedic faux pas' over and over. If anything, it made politics fun. To the skeptics that say politics can't be fun I say this: you are probably right. But -- 

    Let's try. 

    I asked Canadian metamodernist Brent Cooper (and past interviewee of GD) to cohost to help me unravel some anxiety I have about the future of politics and this podcast: How do politics fit into our lives? How can we transcend the left/right spectrum?  Is direct democracy a good thing? How can we stay politically engaged when all we want to do is quit? And --

    Should we quit? Not necessarily. 

    Be a working class hero and donate a $1 to Brent's project: https://www.patreon.com/abs_tract


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    Healing and Wholeness Through and Beyond Racial Identity, ft. Ashby Goodrum & Brad Kershner

    Healing and Wholeness Through and Beyond Racial Identity, ft. Ashby Goodrum & Brad Kershner

    Brad Kershner is a school leader and independent scholar, and the author of Understanding Educational Complexity: Integrating Practices and Perspectives for 21st Century Leadership. His research, teaching, and writing cover a wide range of interdependent topics, including education, leadership, parenting, race, technology, metamodernism, integral theory, meditation, complexity, and developmental psychology. You can learn more about his work and access recordings of his guided meditations on Patreon.

    ashby goodrum (preferred pronouns: they/we/us) works as an advanced practice nurse in primary and maternity care settings with significant experience as a bedside nurse/psychopomp and in midwifery. Some of their research and clinical interests include gender affirming care, birth equity, palliative care, cultural trauma and healing centered engagement, and transformative justice. ashby lives in Portland, Oregon which rests on traditional village sites of multiple indigenous tribes – such as the Multnomah, Clackamas, and Tualatin – who were among the land's first human caretakers.

    Books mentioned: 

    Thomas Hubl - Healing Collective Trauma

    Karen and Barbara Fields - Racecraft

    ashby mentioned:

    Isabel Wilkerson - Caste

    Resmaa Menakem - My Grandmother's Hands

    also: Danielle Allen, Anthony Appiah, Mariame Kaba

    could also add:

    Albert Murray - Omni-Americans

    Carlos Hoyt - The Arc of a Bad Idea
    For a deeper understanding of transgenerational trauma (a reading list):

    Mariame Kaba and  other transformative justice resources




    Michael Yellow Bird expert on neurodecolonization and indigenous mindfulness


    Karen Murphy explores how to prepare the way for civic healing 


    Ruha Benjamin on “New Jim Code" - range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity


    Ruth Wilson Gilmore on racial capitalism


    Robin D.G. Kelley  on how capitalism has been racial from the beginning 


    Edward E. Baptist, author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism 


    David R. Williams on how racism makes us sick 


    "How to Unlearn Racism" Scientific American article


    Psychology of Radical Healing Syllabus  


    ReRooted Podcast with Francesca M. Maximé


    Maia Szalavitz on addiction as a learning disorder


    Sarah Peyton, facilitator and neuroscience educator 


    bell hooks, groundbreaking cultural critic and author



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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Talking the Future of the Left ft. Ben Burgis

    Talking the Future of the Left ft. Ben Burgis

    In this episode we talk with Ben Burgis. Ben is a philosophy instructor at Georgia State University Perimeter College, a Jacobin columnist, and the host of the “Give Them An Argument” podcast and YouTube show. He is also the author of Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left and the forthcoming Canceling Comedians While the World Burns: A Critique of the Contemporary Left.  

    https://benburgis.com // https://www.patreon.com/benburgis // https://twitter.com/GTAA_Show // GTAA YouTube channel: #LeftisBest #CosmopolitanSocialism #Labor


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    • 1 hr 28 min
    MMT and the Politics of Care w/ Andres Bernal

    MMT and the Politics of Care w/ Andres Bernal

    Andres Bernal returns to Growing Down to discuss the current political landscape and how the principles of MMT can create a new framework for how we view money. Integral Politics advocates for a new paradigm that transcends the left/right binary. What might a new society look like if the conversation shifted from "How are you going to pay for it?" to "How can we create a flourishing society?" 


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    20. Subtle Activism ft. David Nicol

    20. Subtle Activism ft. David Nicol

    Author David Nicol joins the GD podcast to discuss his book, Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation, and the important role subtle activist can play for the local and global challenges of the meta-crisis.

    About Subtle Activism: "Can awakened consciousness contribute to social change and, if so, how? David Nicol introduces the concept of "subtle activism to describe the use of consciousness-based practices like meditation and prayer to support collective transformation, such as global meditation directed toward peaceful resolution of a conflict. Subtle activism represents a bridge between the consciousness movement and the movements for peace, environmental sustainability, and social justice. It is not a substitute for physical action but rather a potentially crucial component of a more integrated approach to social chance." 

    Learn more about David at Earth Rising


    Featured Intro/Outro Track "Nobita" by Smith the Mister | Follow GD on Twitter: Jeremy //  Matt //  Ryan


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    19. Talking Metamodern Politics ft. Hanzi Freinacht

    19. Talking Metamodern Politics ft. Hanzi Freinacht

    Growing Down podcast talks with Hanzi Freinacht. Hanzi is a political philosopher, historian and sociologist, author of ‘The Listening Society’, ‘Nordic Ideology’ and the upcoming books ‘The 6 Hidden Patterns of History’ and ‘Outcompeting Capitalism’.  In this discussion we explore constructive ways out of hyper-polarization, Hanzi's metamodernism and its relationship to an integral left or an integral 'cosmopolitan socialism',  and the politics of a regenerative future. | Subscribe to Growing Down's new YouTube Channel. Follow GD on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jdj_writes https://twitter.com/Integralartist1 https://twitter.com/NakadeRyan  #Metamodernism #IntegralTheory #DevelopmentalPolitics


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    • 1 hr 24 min

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Rich, layered and reaching

Three good guys, exploring the space that yet has a shape. Exploration is abound. References thrown around. You learn and think and learn. Came today this through Hanzi and metamodernism vein, stayed for Brooks. Not sure what integral is even? Listen to episode 1 — even if it’s not in your frequency yet, if it resonates, then stick around.

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