This is not the truth speak with Vanessa Andreotti and Bayo Akomolafe about how our obsession with using words to create meaning and sense of the world is numbing our other senses, and keeping us trapped in a cycle. How can we allow the others layers of our human experience to emerge to the surface?
About Bayo Akomolafe:
Bayo Akomolafe is globally recognised for his poetic, unconventional, counterintuitive, and indigenous take on global crisis, civic action, activism and social change.
He is an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. His readings of 'knowledge', 'development', 'progress' and 'truth' as Eurocentric metanarratives led him and his wife, Ej to develop the first International Workshop on Alternative Research Paradigms and Indigenous Knowledge Promotion (WARP, 2011).
Bayo is a member of the advisory board of the Real Economy Lab (UK). In 2014, he was awarded for Global Excellence Award [Civil Society] by FutureShapers (California). He is the Initiating / Coordinating Curator for The Emergence Network (A Post-Activist Project) [www.emergencenetwork.org], and host of the online writing course, ‘We will dance with Mountains: Writing as a Tool for Emergence’.
For more info: www.bayoakomolafe.net.
About Vanessa Adreotti:
Vanessa Andreotti works with 'Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures', an experimental educational collective that attempts to hospice dying ways of knowing and being while assisting with the birth of something new, undefined and, hopefully, wiser.
She holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change, at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She has extensive experience working across sectors internationally in areas of education related to global justice, community engagement, indigenous knowledge systems and internationalisation.
Her research focuses on the analysis of historical and systemic patterns of knowledge and inequalities, and how these mobilise global imaginaries that limit or enable different possibilities for (co)existence and global change. She is currently directing research projects and teaching initiatives related to social innovations that gesture towards decolonial futures.