EP005: Sujatha Jesudason is Reclaiming Innovation for a More Soulful & Resilient Movement

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“Some of the most innovative and creative people are people who have been the most marginalized and most oppressed. That it is on the margins, under the most constrained conditions, that some of the most interesting and creative stuff has happened. In part because that's what you need to survive....

"...I think about my immigrant parents, who came to the US relatively resource poor. And my mother is the best recycler I knew! She recycled, she re-used, she reduced her use, like the best! I mean she was recycling before recycling was a thing.

"And so in terms of innovation, for me a big part for social justice groups and nonprofits, is actually reclaiming our legacy of innovation.”

That’s Sujatha Jesudason in the fifth episode of my podcast (Dialogue Lab: Social Impact + All the Feels).

Sujatha is the founder and Executive Director of CoreAlign, which is building collaborations to ensure that all people have the resources, rights and respect for their sexual and reproductive lives.

She also just started teaching about innovation in social movements at the Milano School of Public Policy at the New School in New York.

Listen to our conversation about reproductive justice, speaking race to power, collaboration across difference, and innovation in social movements.
 

EP 004 Chandra Brooks Wants You to Sit at the Table and Get Off the Menu

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Chandra Brooks Wants You to Sit at the Table and Get Off the Menu --

"I had to build my own visibility, my own clout as Chandra, in order to make things happen the way I wanted to see them. So not only as a person within an organization.... But also I had to build it for myself, so I had some major influence on what happened in my city….

“I am just Chandra Brooks. Yeah I have all these accomplishments now, but I'm just Chandra Brooks from the east side of San Jose that got kicked out of 3 schools, and that graduated pregnant. So understanding that if I can do it, you can do it.”

That’s Chandra Brooks in the fourth episode of my podcast (Dialogue Lab: Social Impact + All the Feels).

She is a leader who is experienced in building collective power and creating change in her community, and now she’s working to prepare women of color who are new to politics to run for office. She’s doing this through a project called The SocialPreneur.
 

EP 003 How to Boldly Face Racism with Lee Mun Wah

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Dialogue Lab is an Awarepreneurs Podcast Network Member.

A conversation between Dialogue Lab's founder Reva Patwardhan and Lee Mun Wah focused on finding the courage and compassion to stand up -- even when courage comes at a price. And on his work to encourage that capacity in others as well. New episodes every other Tuesday! Subscribe in iTunesStitcher, or Google Play, or your favorite podcatcher. 

Dialogue Lab EP01: Brigette Iarrusso - What we do with love and anger

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Dialogue Lab is an Awarepreneurs Podcast Network Member.

A conversation between Dialogue Lab's founder Reva Patwardhan and Brigette Iarrusso.. about politics, anger, and love. We talk about her family's experiences since the hurricane in Puerto Rico, being a mom, the lessons she's learned, and her work with social impact leaders. 

Subscribe in iTunesStitcher, or Google Play, or your favorite podcatcher.