22 episodes

Welcome to the Profound Conversations Series. An educational platform where our goal is first and foremost, building healthy communities. We jump into topics such as social reformation in education, economic development, bioethics, culture, and critical end of life issues impacting Americans. Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level. The show is produced by MLPI and Erika Christie.

Profound Conversations Linda Howard, Karim Ali, Erika Christie

    • Society & Culture

Welcome to the Profound Conversations Series. An educational platform where our goal is first and foremost, building healthy communities. We jump into topics such as social reformation in education, economic development, bioethics, culture, and critical end of life issues impacting Americans. Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level. The show is produced by MLPI and Erika Christie.

    Building Healthy Communities Pt 2: Life Giving Donations and Transplantations

    Building Healthy Communities Pt 2: Life Giving Donations and Transplantations

    Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and lifegiving donation/transplantation
    ‘Profound Conversation ArenaTM’ to be moderated by media personality Joia Jefferson-Nuri

    Michigan healthcare leaders and Muslim communities are to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and life giving donation/transplantation. Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Lifegiving Donation & Transplantation.
    Muslim individuals and families, healthcare professionals and other providers of services to Muslim communities in southeast Michigan and beyond are encouraged to join the conversation exploring anatomical donation and transplantation in the context of Islam. Fewer residents are registered as organ, cornea and tissue donors in Wayne County—Michigan’s most populous and diverse county—than anywhere else in the state, according to Gift of Life Michigan. Yet the need for transplants in this county is relatively high.


    Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.   MLPN.life
    The Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com

    • 52 min
    Building Healthy Communities Pt 1: Life Giving Donations and Transplantations

    Building Healthy Communities Pt 1: Life Giving Donations and Transplantations

    Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and lifegiving donation/transplantation
    ‘Profound Conversation ArenaTM’ to be moderated by media personality Joia Jefferson-Nuri

    Michigan healthcare leaders and Muslim communities are to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and life giving donation/transplantation. Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Lifegiving Donation & Transplantation.
    Muslim individuals and families, healthcare professionals and other providers of services to Muslim communities in southeast Michigan and beyond are encouraged to join the conversation exploring anatomical donation and transplantation in the context of Islam. Fewer residents are registered as organ, cornea and tissue donors in Wayne County—Michigan’s most populous and diverse county—than anywhere else in the state, according to Gift of Life Michigan. Yet the need for transplants in this county is relatively high.


    Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.   MLPN.life
    The Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Life-giving Donation & Transplantation Panel 2

    Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Life-giving Donation & Transplantation Panel 2

    Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on a Building Healthy Communities and life giving donation/transplantation
    Profound Conversation Arena be moderated by media personality Joia Jefferson-Nuri
    Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Life giving Donation & Transplantation.
    Joia Jefferson Nuri as coached more than 50 C-Suite executives and scheduled, written, and coached twelve TEDx Talks (including her own) with two more to present in Fall 2020. Joia has been on the leadership teams at NBC, CBS, C-SPAN, and BET, working as a senior producer, anchor, reporter, and host.
    The online, interactive, Islamically informed discussion among southeast Michigan healthcare professionals, service providers and Muslim individuals and families will explore in session one Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships featuring:

    Session two will explore Life-Giving Donation & Transplantation featuring:
    Monir Moniruzzaman Ph.D. U of Toronto, Department of Anthropology at Michigan State UniversityImam Johari Abdul-Malik, National Activist and Social Justice LeaderSheik Ibrahim Kazerooni, Imam Islamic Center of America, Dearborn MichiganKelly Ranum, Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Organ Procurement AgencyLesley Compagnone, Director of Community Affairs for Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC)Collin Ross, CEBT, Eversight Global Eye Bank Network, Ann Arbor MI

    • 52 min
    Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Life-giving Donation & Transplantation Panel 1

    Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Life-giving Donation & Transplantation Panel 1

    Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on a Building Healthy Communities and life giving donation/transplantation
    Profound Conversation Arena be moderated by media personality Joia Jefferson-Nuri
    Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host Building Healthy Communities: Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships | Life giving Donation & Transplantation.
    Joia Jefferson Nuri as coached more than 50 C-Suite executives and scheduled, written, and coached twelve TEDx Talks (including her own) with two more to present in Fall 2020. Joia has been on the leadership teams at NBC, CBS, C-SPAN, and BET, working as a senior producer, anchor, reporter, and host.
    The online, interactive, Islamically informed discussion among southeast Michigan healthcare professionals, service providers and Muslim individuals and families will explore in session one Michigan Medical & Religious Partnerships featuring:
    Farha Abbasi, MD, Michigan State University, Department of PsychiatryKara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, Senior Vice President Nemours Childrens Health SystemMichelle Jesse, PhD, Psychologist, Henry Ford Health SystemMona Makki, Director, ACCESS Community Health and Research Center Steve Miller Chief Executive Officer, Association of Organ Procurement Organizations

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Dismantling Racism, An Examination of Proposition HR 40 - Towards Transforming Social-Political-Economic Realities in America

    Dismantling Racism, An Examination of Proposition HR 40 - Towards Transforming Social-Political-Economic Realities in America

    With their history of forced immigration to the United States (US), African Americans were de-cultured and dehumanized, their misery treated as ‘natural’ and benign. Today, they are an important minority in a nation with a singular degree of world influence. Much of the country’s vitality, especially its contemporary cultural life, can be credited to African Americans, but racism remains a definitive and stark reality. 
    A critical aspect of the racism that African Americans face is a continuing geographic segregation in many parts of the US, a legacy of ‘Jim Crow’ laws enacted in the South after the Civil War, as well as discriminatory attitudes right across the country including the so-called ‘white flight’ from urban areas to suburbs after the Second World War.
    Much of the African American population is urban and they make up the majority of the population in cities such as Detroit, New Orleans and Washington DC. While many major US cities have had black mayors and African Americans are well represented on most large city councils, politics and funding have limited their attempts to make significant changes in the conditions of urban African Americans. This is reflected in the persistence of profound inequalities in a range of areas, from education and health care to housing and access to justice.
    In the area of education, for example, while black educational levels are on the rise, inequalities and discrimination persist. While poverty and a broader backdrop of exclusion play a part to poor educational outcomes – almost a quarter (24.1 per cent) of the black population were living in poverty in 2015, compared to 9.1 per cent of non-Hispanic whites.
    African Americans are at high risk for mental illness, heart disease, cancer, HIV infection and other major diseases, due to a cluster of factors, including levels of education, poverty, stress, poor health care, pollution and family instability. The wide socio-economic gaps between African Americans and whites remains high. In 2018, the annual National Urban League report, The State of Black America, found that nationwide black households earn an average income of US$38,555 compared to white an average of US$63,155 among white households.
    Introduced in House January 3, 2019, HR 40 is a bill that would establish a Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The commission would examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies. Among other requirements, the commission shall identify (1) the role of federal and state governments in supporting the institution of slavery, (2) forms of discrimination in the public and private sectors against freed slaves and their descendants, and (3) lingering negative effects of slavery on living African Americans and society.
    This episode seeks to explore some of the aforementioned, egregious social, political and economic challenges faced by African American men and women.   How do we effectively influence public policy to correct systemic injustice?  What will it take to get traction behind this bill?  What will coalitions of support need to look like to bring about success for this and similar important initiatives?  
    Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.   MLPN.life
    The Profound Conversations podcast is produced by Erika Christie www.ErikaChristie.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    An Examination of Global Leadership and Ethics: Towards New Models of Human Progress and Development

    An Examination of Global Leadership and Ethics: Towards New Models of Human Progress and Development

    Modern democracy requires people who can think critically, reason ethically, and participate effectively. Successful organizations must be populated by people who understand group processes and how to guide them while maintaining the proper respect for all participants.  Ethical leadership thrives when it is directed by respect for ethical beliefs and values and for the dignity and rights of all people.
    As we move further into the twenty first century what will global leadership need to embody in order to effectively grapple with the vexing challenges of climate change, earth population density, biodiversity, science, technology and the social-political-economic realities of a post COVID-19 America?
    How does the study of science lend to our understanding and implementation of effective leadership?  Are we headed in the right direction with our current trends in artificial intelligence?  Where should pathways to lifelong learning lead to in order to save our planet from devastation?
    Does improving ethical decision-making require deliberately making rational decisions that maximize value rather than going with ones natural inclinations?  How do our biases and other cognitive limitations influence rational thinking? and at what cost to future generations who will inherit the earth we leave behind?
     
     Today's Guest Host is Zarinah Shakir and our Profound Conversationalist is Dr. Rana Dajani.
     
     Profound Conversations Executive Producers are the Muslim Life Planning Institute, a national community building organization whose mission is to establish pathways to lifelong learning and healthy communities at the local, national and global level.
     MLPN.life
     
     The Profound Conversations Podcast and Video Series is produced by Erika Christie.
     www.ErikaChristie.com

    • 59 min

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