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73 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Gibran's Podcast: Episode 21 - Redefining Wealth with Pamela Standing
On this podcast I interview my dear friend Pamela Standing. Pamela is a fountain of wisdom. She is a source of that sort of heartfelt joy and laughter that is embodied by people who hold a deep understanding of what it means to walk well upon this earth. Pamela is a citizen of Cherokee Nation. I met her when I was facilitating a Rural Economy Fellowship of what was then called the “Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.” She is a grassroots organizer who has immersed herself in rural tribal community wealth building. She endeavors to close the disparity gap through cooperative work and collaboration. Her work is about forming partnerships and alliances that ultimately result in the sharing of resources. Pamela serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Indigenuos Business Alliance (MNIBA). In this episode we talk about forgiveness and healing. About our ancestors, and about wealth vs. prosperity. Give a listen and let me know what you think. Saludos, Gibrán
75 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Gibran's Podcast: Episode 20 - Art for Our Time with Favianna Rodriguez
How do you make art for our time? How do you engage your creative life force to meet this moment? A time in which systems are collapsing and a new world wants to be born. The life of Favianna Rodriguez is an answer to these questions. She is a renowned interdisciplinary artist, a cultural organizer and a social justice activist. But most importantly, she is one of my dearest friends. It is hard to wrap your head around the breadth and depth of her work. She leads the Center for Cultural Power. And she describes her art as a visual manifestation of her lived experience, and the inspiring journey of her healing. We cover some ground in this episode. We talk about her creative process. And of what it means for her to be shifting mediums for her art. We talk about abortion, healing, pychedelics and ancestral practice.
59 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Gibran's Podcast: Episode 19 - Designing Justice with Deanna Van Buren
We live in a punitive culture. The United States incarcerates more of its people than any country in the world. Turn to twitter at any point of the day and you see cancel culture in full display. What makes us think we can throw people away? We are wired for connection. We need structures of belonging. This is how we signal a culture of safety and well being. Punitive culture makes us anxious. It makes us afraid. It makes us feel alone. What happens when you take a stand for restorative justice? What if we take back our architecture, our institutional space, to foster love and forgiveness instead? Meet my friend Deanna Van Buren. The founder and executive director of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces. She is an artist running an architecture and real estate development firm that works to end mass incarceration. Can you imagine? This is a conversation full of heart and insight. Deanna is not just an architect and an artist. She is a committed spiritual adept with a passionate commitment to the power of women of color. Get a feeling for her wisdom. Her TED Talk has been viewed more than a million times (https://www.ted.com/talks/deanna_van_buren_what_a_world_without_prisons_could_look_like?language=en). And she was just featured in the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/arts/design/prison-architecture.html). I am thrilled to know the world is paying attention to her work.
77 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Gibran's Podcast: Episode 18 - New Roots with Rev. Mariama White Hammond
There is so much exciting talk about emergence these days! How do you apply this thinking to something like the Church? How can you make room for the new when a tradition is 2000 years old? Rev. Mariama White-Hammond is finding out. She is a founder of New Roots AME Church, an Emergent Church in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Where I live! Reverend Mariama says that Emergent Churches believe God is doing something new in this moment. And that it is our job to move with spirit and make ourselves available for God to emerge. In this podcast episode we dive into spirituality and emergence. We talk about accountability. And about what we can do to heal the deep divide in our Country. Rev. Mariama is and has been a passionate advocate for ecological & social justice. For youth engagement and Spirit based organizing. She is engaging the faith community, and particularly the Black church on climate change and ecological justice issues. Mariama is also becoming a farmer. For more details, check out the full post on my website: https://www.gibranrivera.com/the-evolutionary-leadership-podcast/new-roots
62 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Gibran's Podcast: Episode 17 - Beautiful Ventures with Melinda Weekes-Laidlow
How do you influence popular culture in ways that elevate Black humanity? How do you build the skill, power and wealth of Black creatives? The podcast is baaack!!!! And here I’m introducing you to my friend and colleague Melinda Weekes, founder and CEO of Beautiful Ventures. She is a minister, facilitator, consultant and visionary social change architect. This is a joyful conversation ranging from theology to the business of culture. You will be moved by Melinda’s heart and brilliance. Find out more about Melinda and our other podcasts on the website www.gibranrivera.com
69 minutes | Feb 15, 2020
Gibrán's Podcast Episode 16 - Art for the Temple with J-Wo Wooty
How do you make art for the temple? How do you make art for a temple that is itself a work of art, in a city that is defined by the awe that is its art? A temple that will hold hope and will hold grief. A temple at the heart of a place where people seek to wake up and get free. A place of pilgrimage. That you know is doomed to burn. I met JWo about 5 years ago. We worked together during my long partnership with BALLE (the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), now Common Future. Our relationship has only deepened over the years. And this year we saw each other at Burning Man. But JWo was not just another participant in the impossible experiment that is life in Black Rock City. She was there as part of the Temple Crew. And the art that she had made was the very centerpiece of this year’s temple. I jumped at the opportunity to interview her, and give you a chance to get to know her. Take a listen! Find out more about J-Wo and our other podcasts on the website www.gibranrivera.com
66 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 15 - Joy & Liberation with Jamila Reddy
I am coming into contact with people who hold light, wisdom and hope. Powerful humans who embody the possibility of something new. Jamila Reddy is one such human. She is a Brooklyn-based, North-Carolina raised, Black queer, Buddhist writer, healer, thinker, doer, and dreamer. I am quite intentional about having conversations across generations. And I am learning so much from this millennial person who is obsessed with teaching others how to get out of their own way so they can see a path forward towards the life of their dreams. In this wide ranging conversation we talk about being black and young when Michael Brown was murdered by police. We talk about the transformative medicine of grief. About what it takes to let go of your limiting beliefs. Getting out of your own way. Burning Man. And radical self expression. I have no doubt that you will be moved by this podcast. Take the time and listen closely.
77 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 14 - How to be an Alchemist with Gibrán Rivera
Lawrence and Austin high-jacked the podcast this month! They wanted you to hear more about my vision. And how I think about my work. We talked about my life-shaping moments. About what it means to be an Alchemist (and NOT a Guru). Along with everything that’s been on my mind these days, from Tony Robbins to the evolution of consciousness to burning man and movement fundamentalism. Take a listen. Let me know what you think.
65 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 13 - How to Work with Complexity? with Sage Crump
Sage Crump is the New Chief Architect of Emergent Strategy at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute. The adoption of the Emergent Strategy Framework articulated by adrienne maree brown, the rapid spread of Emergent Strategy Trainings and the birth of the Ideation Institute are among the most exciting things happening in movement space right now. It is the adoption of a whole new way of thinking about how we do the work of changing everything. We are lucky to have her in this role. Sage is a wisdom holder, she is a facilitator, an artists with the Complex Movements Artist Collective and a brilliant theory head. Our conversation was as stimulating as it was healing. There is something for you here. Enjoy!
73 minutes | Oct 25, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 12 - How Do You Build Powerful Movements? with Keya Chatterjee
Meet Keya Chatterjee, executive director of US Climate Action Network. I met Keya when I facilitated the Young Climate Leaders Network. A beautiful fellowship program. Here we talk about the power of networks and the importance of taking time to cultivate relationship in our movement spaces. Keya knows that we must relinquish the idea of powerlessness. It is our only hope to end the climate crisis. This is no easy task, but her work with USCAN seeks to do just that.
68 minutes | Sep 28, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 11 - Solidarity Is This with Deepa Iyer
I have been blessed to work with Deepa at Solidarity Summit for the past five years. She is a gifted facilitator, writer, activist and lawyer. In this podcast she speaks of the building blocks for real solidarity work. And how important it is to be grounded in your truth while understanding that there are many different perspectives. This is not an easy task. It takes a lot of self-reflection that we fail to build into our organizations or movements.
72 minutes | Aug 30, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 10 - Initiation with Anasa Troutman
Everyone wants to feel like they belong. We can’t “other” people and then ask them to join us. We need spaces of belonging. Meet my friend Anasa Troutman. CEO of Culture Shift Creative. A strategist and storyteller who is wise beyond her years. She radiates a deeply cultivated love. And she wields creativity as a path of transformation. For more information, check out her website: http://www.anasatroutman.com/
66 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 9 - Initiation with Quanita Roberson
Meet Quanita Robertson, master facilitator, circle holder, author and all around wise woman. She brings a refreshing perspective on race, reconciliation and stages of human development. Quanita looks at the world with an eye to initiation. She concerns herself with the archetypal realms. Quanita and Tenneson Woolf are about to launch the Fire & Water Leadership Rites of Passage Cohort. Additional Links: Coaching and Organizational Development (www.nzuzu.com) Fire & Water Leadership/Rites of Passage Cohort(www.fireandwaterleadership.weebly.com) Fire & Water Podcast(www.fireandwater.podbean.com) Quanita’s Books:Soul Growing: Wisdom for 13 year old boys from men around the world Soul Growing: Wisdom for 13 year old girls from men around the world
66 minutes | Jun 25, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 8 - Soul Matters with Isoke Femi
Meet Isoke Femi. Imaginal practitioner, master facilitator and founder of Soul Matters. An elder of the movement with more than 30 years of experience in the work of transformation. She is co-founder of the Todos Alliance Building Institute and co-author of No Boundaries: A Manual for Unlearning Oppression and Building Multicultural Alliances. Isoke is a fountain of wisdom. She has devoted her life to the work of unlearning oppression. Illuminating power at the intersection of spirit and culture. https://www.soulmatters.center/intro
73 minutes | Jun 3, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 7 - Music, Freedom, Dreams with Jay-Marie Hill
Meet Jay-Marie Hill. Evolutionary Leadership Cohort of 2018. Activist, musician, and educator who lives a life designed to help our world ascend beyond gendered and racialized norms. Tune in. Experience the way Jay-Marie brings us into the fullness of their heart while moving us with their piercing intellect. Listen, learn and feel. And please support the Black Trans & GNC Bike Ride. Let’s honor the truth held in these bodies. Jay-Marie Hill is a musician and Founder of Music Freedom Dreams. They are currently organizing and fundraising for The Black Trans Bike Experience, which is a 5 day 160 mile bike ride for black trans and gender non-conforming riders. The ride will conclude in DC on September 28, just in time for the first Trans March on DC. This bike ride aims to deepen rider’s connection to body, mind, and spirit. Trans and GNC folks deserve more than just the ability to survive, they deserve joy and freedom. DONATE HERE: https://www.blacktrans.bike/support
72 minutes | Apr 4, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast:Episode 6 - Rising with Colette Pichon Battle
Meet Colette Pichon-Battle, culture holder, bayou woman, community healer, fierce advocate. Listen to this voice of moral clarity coming from the front lines of climate change. Colette’s sense of urgency is matched by a deep wisdom of the heart. By her trust in the power of community, and by her belief that we can heal and rise together. Colette Pichon Battle is the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP), working on issues of global migration, community economic development, climate justice and equitable disaster recovery. She has prioritized working with local communities, national funders and elected officials around equity in the post-Katrina/post-BP disaster Gulf Coast. She was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015, a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South, and in 2014 Colette was selected for the Young Climate Justice National Fellowship based on her work with coastal communities of color.
84 minutes | Mar 5, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 5-The UrbanLabs with Malia Lazu
Next on the Evolutionary Leadership Podcast is this interview with Malia Lazu. Principal at the UrbanLabs, culture creator and brilliant strategist. She is also one of my best friends. Here you get a peep into 20 years of co-evolution through friendship. Friendship between people who have devoted our lives to the work of liberation. I find it amazing that we have evolved along such similar trajectories. You’ll learn about activating the power of cultural competency. We talk about how the work of diversity, equity and inclusion should be joyful. Not painful. Because it should feel great to be different together. You’ll learn about experimentation. About the work of spirit and how it is expressed through audience participation. Next on the Evolutionary Leadership Podcast is this interview with Malia Lazu. Principal at the UrbanLabs, culture creator and brilliant strategist. She is also one of my best friends. Here you get a peep into 20 years of co-evolution through friendship. Friendship between people who have devoted our lives to the work of liberation. I find it amazing that we have evolved along such similar trajectories. You’ll learn about activating the power of cultural competency. We talk about how the work of diversity, equity and inclusion should be joyful. Not painful. Because it should feel great to be different together. You’ll learn about experimentation. About the work of spirit and how it is expressed through audience participation. I think you’ll enjoy this podcast. Remember - your feedback is invaluable!
61 minutes | Feb 3, 2019
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 4-Brave Space with Tuesday Ryan-Hart
In this next episode of the Evolutionary Leadership Podcast we take a deep dive into facilitation. We talk about big change, about trauma, about embodiment, radical responsibility and the need for brave spaces. It is an interview with my friend and colleague, Tuesday Ryan-Hart of Find the Outside. This episode comes with an invitation. I’m curious to see who will take us up. It is not always easy to talk about the work that I do. There is so much of it that just needs to be experienced. I cherish the opportunity to talk with a woman that holds space with me. Because together we can shed more light into why and how we do this thing we do. Enjoy! And please tell us what you think.
77 minutes | Dec 6, 2018
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 3 - Reclaiming Birth with Nashira Baril
In our third episode I interview Nashira Baril. Nashira attended the Evolutionary Leadership Workshop in 2015. She came to work on her dream of building Boston’s first birth center. Nearly four years later that dream is seeded and well on it’s way to bloom. Check out the birth center’s website at https://neighborhoodbirthcenter.org/ and listen in to learn more about this project, the meaningful implications of this work and how you can get involved.
60 minutes | Nov 7, 2018
Gibrán's Podcast: Episode 2 - The Estuary Projects with Kendra Hicks
In our second episode Kendra Hicks teaches us about The Estuary Projects and how the future is birthed by the apocalypse. Remembering is the first part, the second part is experimentation. How can we be as deeply connected to an unseen future?
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