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E191 – Future Paradigms with Lyla June Johnston, Manish Jain, Bayo Akomolafe and Helena Norberg-Hodge

Compelling Voices In Urgent Times

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How do we create radically new perspectives and prosper antidotes that forge systemic change?
“We are not independent, we are not separate from nature or from ourselves. We are actively complicit in the co-creation of each other and the environment.” Bayo Akomolafe
In this episode we hear powerful voices gathered from previous podcast episodes including Bayo Akomolafe, Lyla June, Manish Jain and Helena Norberg-Hodge; all of whom recently shared their insights at Planet Local Summit. This episode gathers deep insights into the predicaments of our time. It is an invitation to radically inspire our imagination, shift our perspectives, ask different questions and explore new ways to become involved in serving each other and the world we live in during these turbulent times.
We learn about 
:: their personal lives and motivations to serve humanity and the wider living world
:: what it means to live in a “post-truth” world
:: how we can free ourselves from the reductionist and destructive systems of our time and its consequences
:: what antidotes we can cultivate to forge systemic change
:: how we can unschool, revolutionise learning/education and create future vision to serve humans and more than humans better
:: sacred knowledge & activism
:: listening to each other & listening to Earth
:: localism, alternative food systems and gift culture
“Deep listening to each other is hearing those stories that are labelled as racist and labelled as oppressive and having a conversation about that.” ~Lyla June


Bayo Akomolafe . Bayo is a one-of-a-kind thinker, who blurs the lines between the personal and the political. His playful and poetic voice calls us to unlearn, rethink and radically imagine the world and our role within it. Bayo is the author of the books ‘These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter’ on ‘Humanity’s Search for Home’ and ‘We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak’. He is also the founder and chief curator of the Emergence Network. 

Dr. Lyla June Johnston Lyla June is an Indigenous musician, author, and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective, and ecological healing. She blends her study of Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives and solutions. Her doctoral research focused on the ways in which pre-colonial Indigenous Nations shaped large regions of Turtle Island (aka the Americas) to produce abundant food systems for humans and non-humans. 

Helena Norberg-Hodge . Helena is a pioneer of the new economy movement and the recipient of both the Right Livelihood Award and the Goi Peace Prize. Through books, articles, interviews, films and public lectures on five continents, she has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for more than 40 years. She is the author of the inspirational classic ‘Ancient Futures’, the producer and co-director of the award-winning film ‘The Economics of Happiness’, and the founder and director of Local Futures. She hosted the Planet Local Summit. 

Manish Jain . Manish is a unique educator, radical “unlearner”, and ambassador for both human and more-than-human creativity, Manish is adept at turning conventional approaches to education, economics and incarceration on their heads. He is the co-founder of Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development, Swaraj University (India’s first self-designed learning university), and the Ecoversities Alliance, a global network of alternative universities. This episode, E39 was recorded at midnight on a rooftop in Auroville on the day of the 50th birthday celebration and my own birthday.


To connect or work with Bayo, visit bayoakomolafe.net

To connect or work with Lyla, visit lylajune.com

To connect or work with Helena, visit www.localfutures.org

To connect or work with Manish, visit www.schoolingtheworld.org

To connect or work with Amisha, visit amisha.co.uk

artwork video: Ismail Zaidy


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