Posted December 15th 2011 at 8:53 am by
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Podcast: Understanding Change Work in a Time of Upheaval

The Polis Podcast on CoLab Radio: Understanding Change Work in a Time of Upheaval

Derrick Johnson, President of the Mississippi NAACP, unveils Delta Seeds, which will enable Mississippi farmers to sell produce directly to public school kitchens. This program is one answer to Derrick’s question, “How can we be self directed in the quality of life we live?”

How do you work towards a more just world when the systems that hold it up are crumbling before your eyes?

“In this period, imagination is more important than education,” said the Reverend Nelson Johnson of Greensboro, North Carolina.  This podcast features veteran organizers and civil rights leaders, most of whom have already survived social upheaval in America, unpacking and examining the tremendous opportunities before us.

This conversation includes Reverend Dr. William Barber II of the North Carolina NAACP; Juan Leyton of Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts; Scott Douglas of Birmingham Greater Ministries in Alabama; Burt Lauderdale of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth; Joyce and Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, Carolina; and Derrick Johnson of the Mississippi NAACP.

Together with our partners at CoLab Radio, Polis is bringing you this Polis Podcast on CoLab Radio. Our goal is to offer a stimulating series of discussions, debates and interviews on a wide range of subjects from as many different places as we can manage.

Post by Alexa Mills.

5 responses to “Podcast: Understanding Change Work in a Time of Upheaval”

  1. Amy Stitely says:

    Alexa – this is a great piece of journalism and really gives clarity to the current state of the macro (global and national situation) and the micro (Mel King Fellows and CoLab). Thank you for connecting all of these voices on the intertwined issues of our time – immigration, civil rights, voter rights, global economic crisis, & global environmental crisis.

  2. Christina says:

    Great podcast! Thank you for capturing this!

    It really resonated with me when Nelson Johnson talked about how it is important to think about what time it is on the world clock. I think about the world clock often in relation to human population.

    There are twice as many people on the planet today as there were when my mother was born in 1944. When my son grows up there will be four to five times as many. What happens when there are 10 billion people on the planet?

    I think that it is important that we figure out the question that Derrick Johns posed at the end, “How can we be self-directed in the quality of life that we live?” before we get there!

  3. Aditi says:

    Thank you, Alexa for this excellent podcast! I really appreciated the way you connected the Occupy movement to Mondragon, Spain with the work of each Mel King Fellow and CoLab. Like Christina, the question, “What time is it on the world clock” resonated with me too…and what does the time now mean for our environment, economy, and civil rights?

  4. Cyd says:

    What a great looking group down there in Mississippi.

  5. Dear Alexa, Thank you for wonderful post with all the stuff that is new to me–taking the idea of gentrification several steps ahead of where I was. This total hip replacement is also interfering with my grasp of such terms as creaitve city, gentrification in capitalist society. But I’m already lost. Never fear I will start learning more deeply as the capitalistic religiosity termed Christmas will be over for another year.