A Podcast from Uncharted focused on the uncharted territory and the new normal post COVID-19. We will be podcasting at the intersection of social impact, entrepreneurship, leadership, and team culture.
Behind the Scenes in our antiracist journey: Hard Conversations (Podcast II)
This is Uncharted's second podcast in our series on our journey to become an antiracist organization. We believe that our ability to become an antiracist organization is directly tied to our ability internally to have hard, courageous conversations, so Nicole Dill, our Director of People and Partnerships, dug around, interviewed our team, and explored what holds us back from having hard conversations, and what we can do about it in this article.
In this podcast, Erin Yoshimura from Empowerful Changes, Uncharted's diversity, equity, and inclusion coach and consultant, joins us to explore how to create the conditions where a team can have courageous conversations about race, oppression, privilege, and power.
Behind the scenes on our antiracist journey: Inclusion (Podcast I)
Uncharted is taking steps to become a more antiracist organization. We are determined to rise to the responsibility we have to fight systems of oppression, but we are also struggling...this work is complex, nuanced, and slow, and there have been times when we haven't known what to do.
So in an effort to ask for help and transparently share our journey, we're creating a series of posts that reveal the behind-the-scenes challenges we’re facing, the progress we’re making, and the questions we’re asking.
In conjunction with each post, we're releasing a podcast with the post's authors to further explore the ideas, challenges, and questions from the post.
This is the first podcast connected to our first deep-dive post on inclusion where co-authors Adrienne Russman, Uncharted's Director of Government and Community Relations, and Nicole Dill, Uncharted's Director of People and Partnerships explore the topic of inclusion and why it's important to start our antiracist journey with inclusion.
We referenced this article on White supremacy cultural values in the podcast, and so we're linking it here.
Adrienne spoke about the curb-cut effect, and you can find more information about it here.
You can see the post that kicked off the series (before the post on Inclusion linked above) here.
Lessons from a Black Man who went undercover on the alt-right (with Theo Wilson)
On this episode of Uncharted Territory, we interview Theo Wilson, a Black man, who went undercover online as a white supremacist. We discuss his experience exploring the online communities of the alt-right and white supremacy, and he shares perspective about our moment of divisiveness, racial tension, Black Lives Matter, and identities rooted in politics and fear.
Theo Wilson is spoken word artist, pianist, actor, singer, rapper, dancer, and activist. A winner of the National Poetry Slam in 2011, Theo began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15, and has always had a passion for social justice. He attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. He is the Executive Director of Shop Talk Live, inc. The organization uses the barber shop as a staging ground for community dialogue and healing.
Watch his TED Talk here.
Theo references this book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, in this podcast
Lessons from Six Years of Building Uncharted (with Sara Rodriguez)
On this episode of Uncharted Territory, we interview Sara Rodriguez, Uncharted's outgoing Chief Strategy Officer, on what it took to build Uncharted into what it is today. Sara talks about how to hire, how to select social ventures, how to implement company policy, and how to trust your gut. Plus she gives advice for future Uncharted employees about how to make Uncharted their own.
Sara joined Uncharted in 2014 and served as the Director of Venture Funding, COO, and then Uncharted's CSO. Prior to Uncharted, Sara was the Associate Director at Rockies Venture Club, one of the largest and most active angel groups in the Rocky Mountain Region. She holds B.A.s in Law and Business from the University of Salamanca, Spain, and a master’s degree in International Business and Entrepreneurship from Maastricht University, The Netherlands.
How to advance gender equity in the workplace: Wisdom from an expert who transitioned genders from a man to a woman (with Paula Stone Williams)
On this episode of Uncharted Territory, we interview Paula Stone Williams. As a transgender woman, Paula has lived both as a man and a woman and she's led companies both as a man and a woman. On this episode, she talks about the practical steps both men and women can take to advance gender equity in the workplace, the challenges and nuances of patriarchal workplace dynamics, and how men and women can be allies and champions for each other.
You can watch Paula's numerous speeches and Ted talks below:
I've lived as a man & a woman - Here's what I learned
What I learned about men - After I transitioned genders
The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption
The Reverend Dr. Paula Stone Williams knows the truth will set you free, but only after it upends your carefully constructed narrative. Her devotion to authenticity caused her to leave her comfort zone as a nationally known religious leader and follow her heart to transition from Paul to Paula. She lost all of her jobs and most of her friends. Williams also discovered the massive differences between life as a male and as a female in America.
Williams is the pastor of preaching and worship at Left Hand Church in Longmont, Colorado, a pastoral counselor with RLT Pathways and a sought-after speaker to corporations, government agencies, universities and religious institutions on issues of gender equity and LGBTQ advocacy. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Denver Post, New Scientist, Radio New Zealand, Colorado Public Radio and The Huffington Post. Her TEDxMileHigh talk on gender equity has had more than one million views.
How to apply Indigenous wisdom and a racial justice approach to social impact (with Edgar Villanueva)
On this episode of Uncharted Territory, we interview Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth, on how funders and social impact leaders can apply indigenous wisdom and a racial justice lens to their work and use money as medicine to heal broken systems.
Edgar outlines how philanthropic funders and impact investors can use their capital, people, rules, and narratives to advance racial justice through their work.
Edgar Villanueva is a globally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. Edgar serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy, NDN Collective, and is a Board Member of the Andrus Family Fund, a national foundation that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.
Edgar currently serves as Senior Vice President at the Schott Foundation for Public Education where he oversees grant investment and capacity building supports for education justice campaigns across the United States.
Edgar is the award-winning author of Decolonizing Wealth, a bestselling book offering hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors.
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