By Amy Clarice
We’re on a mission to find out more about how it affects every being.
It all starts with perception.
What if our perception of the world, and its many inhabitants, expanded?
Every Being has a different vantage point
When we truly know a soul, we find solace.
Asking questions with an open mind and heart is how we learn how to relate to one another
Relational healing goes beyond the surface level
This podcast is about expanding our vision and illuminating the threads that weave us together as a community
Unified ThreadsNov 26, 2020
Season 2: 09—Deschooling with Yourself (season finale with Maleka Diggs)
What does it mean to stay with yourself?
“There’s no wiki-how to this. There is no formula.” – Maleka Diggs, Founder of Eclectic Learning Network and Co-Founder and Core Member of Philly Children’s Movement
In this episode we discuss deschooling, a few ways to navigate when triggers show up (Maleka’s focus falls on what we do with those triggers, and the why behind them), along with some of the common myths behind this type of work. We also talk about what Maleka is hearing from parents transitioning to home-based education, whether forced or not, and how this type of learning is nothing new.
When we are in a space to face ourselves. Sometimes that work creates friction outside of yourself.” – Maleka Diggs
This episode’s guest Maleka Diggs is a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) centered, Unschooling/SDE (Self-Directed Education), Youth advocate, Racial Equity and Inclusion Trainer, Presenter, Workshop Development and Facilitator.
Links mentioned in this episode:
Philly Children’s Movement http://phillychildrensmarch.org
Support ELN's work through Eclectic Learning Network’s Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/Eclecticlearningnetwork
Book quoted in Outro:
- Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work by Akilah S. Richards (Order through www.PMPress.org)
Mural artist: @DawnJaiye on Twitter + Instagram (photo taken by Amy C.S. 10/23/20 #plazawalls)
- https://www.self-directed.org/tp/ours-first/ by Dr. Kelly Henderson
- https://www.self-directed.org/tp (Online magazine with resources)
- Fare of the Free Child Podcast: https://raisingfreepeople.com/podcast/
- https://my-reflection-matters.mn.co (An online community: “Where parenting, education, & liberation intersect”)
A complete transcript can be found at: bit.ly/deschoolingtranscript
Recorded October 14, 2020.
Season 2: 08—Nucleus
How will the world look 20 years from now? Our collective trauma and individual trauma have merged. COVID-19 and the uprising for liberation have collided. We must find ways to utilize technology to liberate ourselves and each other.
"Community is an acknowledgement of our interconnectedness, and healthy community is the way we share this love, safety and freedom." - Anne Kinsey
This episode features perspectives from Anne Kinsey in Concord, NC. Anne is the founder and executive director of Love Powered Life, a nonprofit organization that serves human trafficking survivors and their families. She is also a trauma recovery coach, a writer, a mother of 3 unschooled young people, a biofeedback, and a neurofeedback practitioner. Her work is guided by the values of love, safety, and freedom. This episode is all about our thoughts on nurturing healthy and safe relationships in the world. As a biofeedback and neurofeedback, practitioner and writer, she sees these as bottom up paths to get into our nervous system, forging new pathways to make relationships. She considers trauma recovery coaching a way to foster healthy relationships.
Find help during COVID-19: Mutual Aid Spreadsheets -
Heartmath HRV biofeedback
Heartmath Global Coherence Initiative - https://www.heartmath.org/gci/ - https://www.youtube.com/user/GlobalCoherenceInit
Free videos of some of the techniques:
Contact Anne at: Instagram @AnneKinseyCoaching
"Stand" sung by Trische' Duckworth, recorded outside the Washtenaw County Police Department on May 30, 2020 before a Survivor's Speak march calling for justice for Sha’Teina Grady El, a Black woman who was attacked without cause by a Washtenaw County Police Officer.
Only Black Cosmonaut Podcast (one of my favorite daily podcasts) https://anchor.fm/onlyblackcosmonaut
Listen to the podcast on Spotify, iTunes, and anywhere else podcasts can be found
Support! https://www.patreon.com/EverydayCosmonaut https://anchor.fm/onlyblackcosmonaut/support
Instagram: Instagram @onlyblackcosmonaut
Listen to Spaceship by Akilus the Cosmonaut on Spotify
Londrelle → Check out his latest album “Self-Care Package” and his other albums on Spotify. https://open.spotify.com/album/0TLv2DIoxoQPs9oME9rotJ?si=ZjUapZUgS4-niAEGP-828w
Londrelle’s meditation and mantra mobile app "Eternal Sunshine" https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/eternal-sunshine/id1245926909
Instagram: @Londrelle - offers a live IG stream every Sunday and Wednesdays at 8am CST
Liberation work for all ages - Unschooling-Deschooling:
Raising Free People Network https://www.raisingfreepeople.com
Akilah Richard’s and her team produce Fare of the Free Child Podcast
Eclectic Learning Network
Thank you to every being who made this episode possible!
Produced by Taylor Greenshields of Fundamental Sound Co http://www.fundamentalsoundco.com
Busker in the outro background recorded in Cambridge, U.K. August 2017.
Intro/Outro music produced by Binho in Florianopolis, Brazil in June 2020.
Season 2: 07–Samanvay: coming together with a shared purpose
"Samanvay" is a Hindi word with a translation into English: "to come together as a group to work for a common purpose."
This episode features perspectives from Megha from Ajmeer, Rajasthan (a state in India), and the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In this episode, Megha and Amy discuss access to education, self-directed education, and Megha’s journey as an industrial design student at the Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology.
Megha completed her master’s thesis while working in the handicraft sector across several different NGO (non-governmental organizations) projects in different states in India.
The word "craft" to Megha is a practice where a group of people share a similar process to create something useful and necessary. Crafts originated from a person within a community contributing to the needs of the community with something they are able to create through their material of choice. This is how the exchange of handcrafts was done in healthier times.
Her main motivating factors for her work are what affects people's livelihood, happiness and identity. Looking at all the factors that impact an artisan, Megha feels that anyone can be an artisan, as long as they are informed by the importance of the “Why."
Megha’s passions are rooted in sustainability and functionality. She aims to be involved with creating systems that serve the highest agenda: symbiotic relational-systems rooted in values of serving each other, appreciating different products and techniques as art forms, and doing all that through the lens that the practice of using any resource must be sustainable.
If you want to collaborate on projects that reduce inequality, e-mail email@example.com
The transcript is linked above for episode 07 "Samanvay" featuring an interview about systems-design thinking with Megha.
The transcription is verbatim.
Please send any feedback about the quality of this transcription to firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro music by Binho Manenti
Background Tabla music from a musician in Ramana’s Garden, Rishikesh India (recorded February, 2019)
Outro music by /jazzyrobot/ (Ana Gomulka and Taylor Greenshields)
Produced by Taylor Greenshields of Fundamental Sound Co.
Season 2: 06–Kinship
Season 2: 05–Possibility
Season 2: 04–Where It All Spins Out
This episode features two beings sharing discoveries about how relationships influenced their experience with education.
Season 2: 03–Play
Season 2: 02-Educare
“The most important attitude that can be formed is that of desire to go on learning.” - John Dewey
Digging into what it means to learn and grow in the grassroots movement of education.
Featuring perspectives from Stef, a mom in Ann Arbor, Michigan who’s studying for her MA in progressive education at Prescott College, along with Omar, a Syrian doctor now seeking refuge in Germany because of the Syrian Civil War.
Definition of “community” from episode guest Stef:
“Being in a group of people that hold themselves accountable, and also you accountable, for the harmony of the whole.”
Additional quotes from inventor Nikola Tesla (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Nikola-Tesla), Jeff Salaway (contributing founder of Hayground School-http://www.hayground.org/), and marketing guru Seth Godin (http://www.sethgodin.typepad.com) are featured in the episode.
Learning tool mentioned by Stef: a "Kanban Board" (originally invented in Japan)
Learning source (The Alliance for Self-Directed Education) mentioned by Stef: www.self-directed.org/
Music in this episode from AJ Bihn, Honey Monsoon (https://www.facebook.com/honeymonsoon/) and The Harmony Collective.
Produced by Corey Coates of Podfly Productions (http://www.podfly.net/).
Season 2: 01-Belonging
Season 1: 09—Eyes Wide Open
This brings Season 1 to a close.
What an incredible journey it has been.
Thank you friends, family and listeners! Looking forward to connecting with many more of you in Season 2.
Season 1: 08—Polarity
In 2015, the Greek island of Lesbos became a learning ground of the Law of Polarity. This episode features Andrea from YpsiTVYpsiTV's perspective as a local facing the mass migration crisis from the front lines.
Sappho said it best: “You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us.“
Season 1: 07—Retrospect
#1: Across the world, we're more alike than we might think.
#2: Terrorists win when we’re terrified of each other.
#3: Always check your life jackets and make sure they’re one solid block of flotation foam and not multiple layers.
Season 1: 06—Agápe
#1: There are MORE people displaced in 2016 then there were during the second World War.
#2: Everyone has the Power to take one step towards helping another being.
#3: Cats have magical powers that bring people together. (We have evidence!)
Season 1: 05—Collaboration > Consumption
Featuring thoughts from Richard Wolfe, co-founder of CrowdRise, Samuel in Montreal, Andrew in Putney, England, and a poem called LOVE from Lee the Homeless Bard.
#1: A common weed called Plantain Leaf can relieve health ailments.
#2: Giving back can be fun when you do it together.
#3: Once a concept is introduced, you must revisit it over and over again before you can reach mastery.
Season 1: 04—Life is Movement
Emotions can and do create our world.
This episode features perspectives from Ypsi Melissa (otherwise known as Jamie Berlin), who shares what we can learn from our pollinator friends, and Solomon Kreuger from Flow Dance Montreal, who shares about the creation of an intentional space with the goal of bringing people together through freedom of dance.
Season 1: 03—Resiliency
This episode is about me learning more about how confident, empowered people can work together more effectively, and in turn solve more problems.
Featuring thoughts from Caroline Weigman, Program Coordinator for the Long-Term Area Recovery Committee for Oklahoma County, and Taqqee Khabir, martial arts instructor and founder of Close Quarters Combat Academy.
Season 1: 02—Ypsilantia: A Wonder-Wander Summer
Featuring K-Rae, Ypsilanti connector extraordinaire, organic information databank and clothing swap founder.
Music from Nicole Pee and the #YpsiLove Neighborhood Theatre Company.
-A geiger counter is an instrument used for measuring ionizing radiation
-Hugging 12 times a day is when you start to receive health benefits.
-Falls are going to happen