Scott’s podcast called Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers discussions on all things leadership, incorporating practical tips designed to help make a difference in how we lead and live. Given that the context for my work and leadership tends to be different than most of the listeners of the Phronesis podcast, Scott explicitly wanted to focus our conversation on my history as an activist and organizer to bring these perspectives to his audience.
We discuss some of the issues currently impacting us, our families and our work. Such as; the resurgence of violent white nationalism, anti-immigrant & anti-Latinx policies, and the increase in hate crimes.
Our conversation covers a lot of ground – from the somatic impacts of racism and the importance of healing body, mind and soul as vital to abolition and emancipation – to the impact of the resurgence of visible, violent white nationalism on efforts to abolish systemic white supremacy – to LaDonna’s visions of emancipation that include co-ops and expanding systems of mutual aid
To discuss how to do this, in this episode I am joined by my friends and colleagues Kerrian Suarez, Executive Director of Equity in the Center, and Andrew Plumley, Director of Inclusion at the American Alliance of Museums and Board member of Equity in the Center. Our conversation was recorded just a week after the insurrection at the U.S. Capital.
Beth was a guest on the Misadventures in Organizational Misalignment podcast.
The episode is titled: Misadventures in not Bringing DE&I into the Center with Beth Zemsky
Specifically, we discussed how to utilize Dream Corps’ core philosophy of finding common ground as a radical concept to bring people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with dignity for all.
Listen as we discuss the origin of Public Allies Twin Cities, how my involvement with the organization has coincided with key movement moments over the past decade, and the impact that bringing together a BIPOC community of youth leaders has had on us and our communities.
“New friends and colleagues Beth Zemsky, 53, and Kierra Johnson, 36, discuss their advocacy work at the intersection of the LGBT, feminist, racial equality, and body liberation movements.”
This episode will challenge you in ways that are perfectly timed for the movement moment we are currently moving though. Whether you’re new to movement work, a lifelong activist, or transitioning from one form of movement work to another, Valarie offers us up her deepest wisdom, in a way that will speak directly to yours, no matter where you are in your journey.
In times of crisis, systems are disrupted enough for real change to happen – for people to see and hear things that were invisible to them before, to experiment with new behaviors and ways to show up for each other, and to shift structural aspects of interactions that significantly heal and alter the system. In short, intentionally utilizing the disruptive aspects of a crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate systemic growth and change.