The Beth Zemsky Podcast: Episode 6

Building Relationships Across Polarization

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In this episode, Ryan and I spend some time deconstructing some of the tactics the Right is using to distract our attention from their attacks on progressive policies and our democratic institutions. In addition, we discuss the organizational challenges of working towards equity in this current polarized political climate and some concrete tips for building dialogue and relationships in a way that undermines the “us vs them” ideology that leads to polarization.

The Beth Zemsky Podcast: Episode 5

Intercultural Organizational Development and Systems Change with Phyllis Braxton

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In this fifth episode, Ryan and I are joined by my dear friend and colleague Phyllis Braxton. Phyllis and I have been co-facilitating and collaborating for over 17 years. She is an educator, trainer, community builder and a talented facilitator of deep conversations about racial equity. Phyllis is also an instructor in line dancing and stepping, empowering community through movement. For more about Phyllis go to: http://pinkconsultingllc.com/

During our discussion, Phyllis and I talk about how organizations can work towards equity and impact their communities through applying an intercultural developmental lens during this time of deep polarization. We also discuss how to sustain ourselves for the long-term as we work to create the world we most deeply desire.

As we close 2017, with all its trauma and resistance, I hope these podcasts have provided some useful framing and strategies for how to move our movements forward. I am looking forward to continuing our journey together in 2018.

The Beth Zemsky Podcast: Episode 4

Faith Based Organizing and Graceful Engagement with Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel

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In this fourth episode, Ryan and I are joined by my dear friend and colleague Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel. Rebecca is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, the Director of the Center for Sustainable Justice, and one of the fiercest and most talented faith-based organizers I know.

For more about Rebecca, go to: http://www.revdrrebeccammvoelkel.com/

During our discussion, Rebecca and I reflect on lessons regarding values based intersectional movement building that we gleaned from our history of faith-based organizing. We also talk about the implications of these lessons for secular organizers in this time of deep polarization, particularly the difference we each can make through Graceful Engagement.

This podcast is what Ryan is calling a “special double length episode” (i.e. it is a bit long)

The Beth Zemsky Podcast: Episode 3

Values Framing in Movement Building

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In this third episode, Ryan and I continue to talk about intersectional movement building and how to make systemic change towards equity using values-based versus issue-based organizing. We also spend time discussing how we can take care of ourselves and redirect our pain, anger, anxiety, and reactive responses to the daily trauma of living in this time of Trump into proactive sustainable change.

The Beth Zemsky Podcast: Episode 2

Issues-Based vs Values-Based Organizing

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In this second episode, Ryan and I continue to talk about intersectional movement building and how to make systemic change towards equity using values-based versus issue-based organizing. We also discuss my recent trip to Oslo, Norway to work with Skeiv Verden (a LGBTQ organization for people with immigrant and refugee backgrounds) and service providers who work with immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. In addition, as we will do in each episode, we spent some time analyzing the current political landscape through the lens of intersectional movement building.

As we head into the 4th of July holiday week with the passionate desire for freedom, equity, and justice, my hope is that these discussions provide some resources for a deeper understanding of the current political forces at play and how to gear our work toward proactively creating the kind of long-term change we wish to see for our communities.



The Beth Zemsky Podcast: Episode 1

Episode One of The Beth Zemsky Podcast

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Over the past number of years as I’ve facilitated workshops around the country, I’ve been asked, “where is your book” or “how can we take this conversation further.” Since talking is much more my forte than writing, I’ve teamed up with Ryan Garza, of Twin Cities Pride podcast fame, to create The Beth Zemsky Podcast.

Each month Ryan and I will talk about my ideas about intersectional movement building and how to make systemic change towards equity. I will reference examples from my work in various environments such as non-profits, foundations, faith-based settings, and progressive social change organizations. In addition, in each episode we will spend some time analyzing the current political landscape through this lens of intersectional movement building.

My hope is that these discussions provide some resources for a deeper understanding of the political forces at play and how to gear our work toward proactively creating the kind of long-term change we wish to see for our communities.

TC Pride Podcast

2016 LGBTQ Election Issues with Beth Zemsky Part 2

Twin Cities Community Organizer Beth Zemsky discusses the impact of the 2016 Election on the LGBTQ community at home and abroad.

TC pride podcast

2016 LGBTQ Election Issues with Beth Zemsky Part 1

Twin Cities Community Organizer Beth Zemsky discusses the impact of the 2016 Election on the LGBTQ community at home and abroad.

TC pride podcast

Hear Beth discuss Clarity to the Chaos: Part 2 on the Twin Cities Pride Podacst.

Minnesota Council of Foundation: Fast Forward

 

Fast Forward: Beth Zemsky

In this interview, Zemsky talks with Alfonso Wenker, MCF’s director of program strategy and racial equity, about her multidisciplinary approach to intercultural organizational development.