Making meaning in the modern world through community, technology and ancient wisdom.
Don Lawrence - The Discomfort of Diversity [DE&I, "Black. White." Race in Religion, author]
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have been key words in organizations around the world especially following the social justice movement re-invigorated by the death of George Floyd. These events inspired me to reconnect with an old friend and colleague, Don Lawrence, a New Yorker with a 20+ year career in DE&I and higher education.
He is currently writing a book entitled “The Love of Distinction”, which deals with the issue of diversity in evangelical Christian communities. He zeros in on a detected bias toward socio-cultural homogeneity and calls for people to love what makes them different, not wash over it.
I loved this conversation and particularly appreciate the more edgy areas we explore in the later half. Sadly, I must note that unfortunately my microphone had a serious issue and there is some buzzing when I speak. I decided to leave this in in places because I found the response or question relevant and worth being patient for. It adds a certain poetic reflection of the dissonance inherent in the turmoil surrounding diversity. Please listen with courage, curiosity and care. And may you kindly continue the conversation in your communities.
Pr. Jonathan Weitzman - Adding Sacred to Science [Epigenetics, Identity, Duality]
In this episode we enter the lab where religion, science and humanity converge. Jonathan Weitzman is a professor, published author and scientist who explores the mysteries bundled in the human genome through the emergent field of epigenetics. He’s also a devoted husband, father and Jew. I met Jonathan in 2017 as his coach helping to prepare his first TEDx talk at a technical University just outside of Paris.
Here, Jonathan humbly shares his problem with purpose, how he breaks convention to blend work and personal life, mingling research with tradition and why he finds identity so fascinating; i.e., we have so much more in common yet concentrate on difference.
He believes in decompartmentalizing knowledge so that different kinds of truth found in places like sacred text can inspire more grounded, holistic innovation. As honored in Judaism, he keeps a relationship with the past to build a better future. This one is for anyone interested in exploring a more integrated approach to science and human evolution.
Tune into Jonathan's new podcast, The Lonely Pippette, helping scientists do better science: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lonely-pipette-helping-scientists-do-better-science/id1532120809
Chelsea Sonksen - Making Meaning in Creative Community
Chelsea Sonksen is the Founder of Eredita Creative House. She's a writer, editor, curator and gifted community builder. Upon moving to the vast, hyper-creative and all-too-often lonely city of Los Angeles, Chelsea set out to create the community she needed. This kickstarted her journey of elevating and connecting visionary women through the creation of Bossladies Magazine in 2016. It also catapulted her into her current place of thought-leadership on Instagram where her words and insight bring light and inspiration to over 60,000 women, artists and professionals around the world.
Bossladies, the cleanly designed editorial, spotlights success stories from female entrepreneurs across cities. Once you read about these women, you just want to become one. So luckily, Bossladies spurred “Work Sesh” – a weekly space where creative professional women could come together in circle to share experience and inspiration to fuel good work. Work Sesh then became Eredita Circle. No longer solely dedicated to powerhouse productivity and business, this circle widens the aperture to include the softer peripheral space of the heart and whole-self journey. New circles begin monthly (you can join here: https://www.eredita.us).
I met Chelsea back in 2013 at the writing table of an LA novelist we were both assisting, and we have been friends ever since. Frankly, she is a light on my path ever reminding me to dream big and bring ideas to life with the help of good company.
For context: this talk happened near the beginning of the sheltering in place period back in early May 2020. We share stories about responding creatively to challenges like living through a global virus, to the life-raft of writing and expression when moving through grief, such as the early loss of her sister. Creativity in community is the through-line. Luckily we humans are built to adapt, especially well together. So we invite you to join us in refueling through hope found in beauty and connection.
https://www.eredita.us - for circles, symposia, curations and essays
https://www.instagram.com/ereditacreativehouse/ - for inspiration
Dr. Anita Sanchez - Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times [Author The Four Sacred Gifts]
Today we pass the talking piece to a powerful catalyst of individual, organisational and global transformation, Doctor Anita Sanchez. Award-winning author of The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, named one of Conscious Company Magazine's World-Changing Women of 2020 and a transformational business coach, Anita has spent the past forty years working with executive teams from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and NGOs sparking change from the inside out.
In this conversation, you’ll learn the meaning of the four sacred gifts and how you can invoke them right now to ignite the inner change necessary for personal liberation and global transformation.
"We don't need more information. We need more wisdom."
UNEDITED: Dr. Anita Sanchez OD - Ingidenous Wisdom for Modern Times
Today I am thrilled to pass the talking piece to a powerful catalyst for conscious organisational development, Doctor Anita Sanchez. She is the award winning author of The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times. Anita was named one of Conscious Company Magazine's World-Changing Women of 2020. A world-class transformational business coach, she has spent the past forty years working with executive teams from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and NGOs.
In this episode, Anita shares her personal experience blending indigenous wisdom with business savvy to equip us all to live with higher purpose, navigate the unknown and ignite our full potential.
"We don't need more information. We need more wisdom."
“Individually we’re amazing. But together we’re even more than a genius.”
Guillaume Chaslot - Ethical AI, Digital Awareness, YouTube's Rabbit Hole Recommendation Algorithm
Guillaume Chaslot is a Doctor of Artificial Intelligence who has worked at Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla. He was on the team responsible for developing the YouTube Recommendation Algorithm. In this episode we explore how said algorithms can seize and mislead human attention. Think rabbit holes. Conspiracy theories. Divisive content. What do we need to know today to stay safe and aware online? What can we do to engage with each other in more socially just and healthier ways at work, in product development and at home to nurture a truly connected world?
Following his time at Google, Guillaume created AlgoTransparency.org, a project on a quest to understand how certain questionable content is pushed through YouTube's AI and how to turn the tide toward integrity and improve the future of humanity.
Excellent podcast. I loved it. As a mother of 3 and someone who works in education and communication I found it thought provoking, timely and important. Indeed, our technologies should be in service to our humanity and not the other way around.
This is exactly the conversation we need to be having.