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May 16, 2021

Fellowship Forum: Wrestling with Postactivism & Planetary Health with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe

On Sunday, May 16 join us from 10:00 a.m. EDT to 1:00 p.m. EDT for a dialog on re-framing our notions of social or environmental activism and of humans’ place in our altered world, with philosopher, ethno-psychotherapeutic researcher and self-described “renegade academic” Dr. Bayo Akomolafe, and Garrison Institute Fellows and Fellowship Director Dr. Angel Acosta. Dr. Akomolafe is a Western-trained psychologist from Nigeria, with roots in the West African Yoruba tradition, and a leader of The Emergence Network.

They’ll discuss Dr. Akomolafe’s work, which transcends our anthropocentric conception of social and environmental engagement, and proposes a new understanding humans’ place in our altered world, in which it’s no longer unthinkable our form of civilization may end, or that it has in fact already ended. There is room for optimism in facing up to this, a kind of creative foreclosure of the old World. “Therein lies our deepest hope for potentially wiser worlds,” says Akomolafe.

You will be able to engage in the dialogue by asking direct questions and participating in small group breakout sessions.

This interactive online event is part of a continuing series from the Garrison Institute Fellowship and the Garrison Institute’s Forum on Pathways to Planetary Health (PPH). Building on the Garrison Institute’s earlier Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) program, Pathways to Planetary Health explores the moral, ethical, and human behavioral dimensions of the search for regenerative solutions, including Half-Earth, Ecological Civilization, Regenerative Economics, and Societal Altruism.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 16. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of registration. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.


Dr. Bayo Akomolafe is an author, speaker, lecturer, renegade academic, ethnopsychotherapeutic researcher and proud diaper-changer, Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional and counter-intuitive take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is Executive Director and Initiating / Co-ordinating Curator for the Emergence Network. Bayo has authored two books: ‘We Will Tell Our Own Story’ and ‘These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters To My Daughter on Humanity’s Search For Home’ and has penned forewords for many others. Bayo is visiting professor at Middlebury College, Vermont, and has taught in universities around the world (including Sonoma State University California, Simon Frasier University Vancouver, Schumacher College Devon, Harvard University, and Covenant University Nigeria – among others). He is a consultant with UNESCO, leading efforts for the Imagining Africa’s Future (IAF) project. He speaks and teaches about his experiences around the world, and then returns to his adopted home in Chennai, India – “where the occasional whiff of cow dung dancing in the air is another invitation to explore the vitality of a world that is never still and always surprising.” He considers his most sacred work to be learning how to be with his daughter and son – Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden – and their mother, his wife and “life-nectar”, Ijeoma.

For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. He holds a doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Acosta has supported more than educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development. After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience–a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He’s a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School.

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