45 episodes

Racism, toxic inequality, persistent poverty, climate change: these are big serious problems, and if you believe they require big audacious solutions, then this is the podcast for you. Hosted by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder-in-Residence at PolicyLink, Radical Imagination focuses on radical solutions to our society’s most pressing problems. It features conversations with thinkers and changemakers from multiple fields working to deliver equity wins at scale.Tune in to Radical Imagination, for stories and solutions that are fueling change.

Radical Imagination Angela Glover Blackwell

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    • 4.8 • 175 Ratings

Racism, toxic inequality, persistent poverty, climate change: these are big serious problems, and if you believe they require big audacious solutions, then this is the podcast for you. Hosted by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder-in-Residence at PolicyLink, Radical Imagination focuses on radical solutions to our society’s most pressing problems. It features conversations with thinkers and changemakers from multiple fields working to deliver equity wins at scale.Tune in to Radical Imagination, for stories and solutions that are fueling change.

    Reimagining Democracy: Radical Imagination in Practice

    Reimagining Democracy: Radical Imagination in Practice

    Democracy isn’t dead, it just needs to be reimagined so that all of us can flourish. And that requires radical imagination!
    Angela Glover Blackwell, host of the Radical Imagination podcast, has a new podcast: Reimagining Democracy for a Good Life! In this six-part series, Angela, along with an array of guests, seeks to find the essential elements of a strong, inclusive multiracial democracy in, perhaps, one of the most unlikely places: Los Angeles.
    Find out more at https://www.policylink.org/reimagining-democracy.

    • 4 min
    Revolutionary Leadership

    Revolutionary Leadership

    Ever wonder who will carry the torch of change into the future of American politics and environmental action?  Be inspired by two trailblazers whose leadership and determination exemplify what's needed to ensure a more equitable and sustainable future for all.  Juan Ramiro Sarmiento of Run for Something discusses how the organization reshapes the political sphere by supporting young, diverse candidates in key, down-ballot local and state elections.  Transitioning from the ballot box to the courtroom, we are joined by the formidable Talia Hernandez, whose environmental activism takes on a legal dimension as she and other committed youth take on Montana's reliance on fossil fuels.Revolutionary Leadership is a powerful illustration of the broader fight for our planet's future and embodies the hope that defines the ethos of our season finale.  
    Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

    • 22 min
    Reclaiming Outdoor Spaces

    Reclaiming Outdoor Spaces

    Venture with us into an episode where  Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro and Ronda Chapman from the Trust for Public Land discuss their efforts to reconnect Black communities with nature's joys and healing powers.  Their stories weave a narrative tapestry that celebrates culture, fosters community, and uplifts Black voices in the outdoor spaces.While both Rue and Ronda bring to light the systemic racism that has long kept outdoor spaces out of reach for many, each, in their individual efforts, also stitches a roadmap toward repair and reclamation. Together, their visions converge on a future where the laughter of children playing in parks and families gathering in green spaces is not a privilege for a few but a common melody for all. Through powerful storytelling and relentless advocacy, this episode is an ode to the beauty of perseverance and the collective effort to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to find solace, adventure, and a sense of belonging under the canopy of shared skies.
    Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

    • 28 min
    Rebooting AI for Language Learning

    Rebooting AI for Language Learning

    Discover the powerful role of artificial intelligence in preserving indigenous languages in our latest episode, where I, Angela Glover Blackwell, engage in a compelling discussion with Keoni Mahelona, the talented CTO of Te Hiku Media. We delve into the rich history of the Māori people, uncovering the injustices they've faced and the ways AI is paving the way toward the revitalization of their language. Get ready to be intrigued and enlightened as we discuss how Te Hiku Media is disrupting traditional systems using AI to ensure the preservation of the Māori language.We also explore the pivotal role of children in this linguistic renaissance, highlighting the emergence of Māori language immersion schools. The conversation takes a deeper turn as we grapple with the contentious issue of data sovereignty in the world of AI. Can we truly decolonize AI to prevent the exploitation and colonization of indigenous data? The essence of this episode lies in the exploration of AI's significant role in fostering equity, justice, and the preservation of indigenous languages. This isn’t just a conversation about technology; it’s about history, culture, equity, and most importantly, the future.
    Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

    • 22 min
    Revolutionizing Education with Afrofuturism

    Revolutionizing Education with Afrofuturism

    Get ready to be inspired by revolutionizing education. Our guest, Ja'Sonta Roberts, the offsite programs manager for Assemble, takes us on a journey through a new STEAM curriculum that’s infused with Black history and Afrofuturism. This dynamic approach, developed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, helps students envision their future selves as innovators and leaders. We dive deep into the heart of this progressive curriculum, exploring how Afrofuturism is woven into lessons, the value of representation, and how this approach is shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for education.Envision a lesson about Hair Pride or an Afrofuturist Utopian City, and you'll begin to appreciate the beauty of this innovative approach. This isn't just a curriculum—it's a movement, one that's more relevant now than ever in our current political climate where the teaching of Black history is under scrutiny. Listen to Ja'Sonta's inspiring experience developing this program, the impact it's made, and how it's not only transforming education but also preparing the next generation for a future where they can thrive in any field. This isn't just a conversation—It's a call to action for a more inclusive, equitable future.
    Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

    • 27 min
    Remaining Vigilant for Clean Water

    Remaining Vigilant for Clean Water

    What if the nearest source of clean water was miles away from your home? Picture a world where access to this basic necessity is not a given, but a struggle. That's the reality for many in the Navajo Nation, and our guest, Cindy Howe, director of the Navajo Water Project at DigDeep, knows it all too well.  Yet her passion for bridging the water divide shines through as she talks about the importance of local leadership and collaboration in addressing this crisis, while fighting the recent Supreme Court ruling against the Navajo Nation's water rights. This episode is enriched with stories of joy and relief as families experience running water in their homes for the first time.  It promises to be a compelling look at the human right to clean water and the fight to secure it.
    Tune into Radical Imagination as we dive into the stories and solutions that are fueling change. www.radicalimagination.us

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

Toonafish69 ,

Mandatory Listen

In a world where you can easily be overwhelmed as you try to understand how to take a stand against injustice, this podcast lays plain how the everyday person can play their part. Featuring experts from a range of subject areas, and of course Angela Glover Blackwell herself, I’ve learned how complex, radical ideas can be realistically implemented into our society and government. From granting reparations to canceling student debt, this is a must listen for everyone interested in how to move our world forward.

Montana7646 ,

More people need to hear this. Please share with your neighbors

Everyone of these shows will open your mind. If you value thinking outside of the box and consider yourself an independent thinker, this is a valuable tool to show you another way to approach a whole variety of real world problems. These show topics are the questions we should all be asking ourselves. I hope this show reaches the creative minds that can help us get to a better world.

Customer 2547 ,

Church! Magical!

Thank you for broadening our conversations! Well done reporting and strategic storytelling. Exciting accounts of real-time projects that reimagine our collective futures. I am a Black woman artist-researcher (@dr.jabani) in Louisville, Kentucky and I am beyond grateful for this work!!

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