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Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) is Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Emergence Network, host of We Will Dance with Mountains, and co-host of One World in Dialogue. He convenes the Humusities project. He was co-host and regular guest on Voice America’s ‘Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio‘ with Rochelle McLaughlin. He is an expert facilitator and consultant with UNESCO. On the Broken Compass unschooling project, initiated and curated by Ijeoma Precious Clement Akomolafe, and inspired by their daughter Alethea Aanya, Bayo defines his role as Assistant Comet Catcher, noticing that his noblest calling is to serve the fragility of the small and the magical.
Engagements in 2019
|January 11-18, 2019
February 8-17, 2019
|Lagos, Nigeria: Meeting of the Scientific Committee of UNESCO’s Imagining Africa’s Future (IAF) Project and implementation and co-design of Futures Literacy Labs in collaboration with Covenant University, Nigeria
Byron Bay, Australia: Invited Speech at the Economics of Happiness Conference
|February 21 – May 1, 2019||Six-Class Online Course (in partnership with Jung Platform): ‘Making Sanctuary’ with Bayo Akomolafe|
|March 14-17, 2019||Bellevue, Washington, USA:
Seeking Connection Across Generations: Keynote Address by Dr. Akomolafe at the Spiritual Directors’ International Gathering (followed by two Workshop hosted and facilitated by Dr. Akomolafe)
|March 20-21, 2019||Vermont, USA: Invitation to give lectures at Middlebury College (Dr. Akomolafe will be giving a college-wide lecture)|
|April 2019||Iowa, USA:
April 9-10: The Grace of Decomposition: Dr. Akomolafe will be co-leading a retreat with author Charles Eisenstein at The Prairiewoods Francescan Spirituality Center
April 12-13: Living in the Mangle: Bayo will co-host this retreat with author Charles Eisenstein the Spirituality in the 21st Century Gathering.
April 19: Bayo will be a guest speaker on the Speak the Spark – Sacred Storytelling for a New Paradigm course
Victoria BC, Canada:
April 26: (The Base) Public Talk by Bayo Akomolafe with book signings afterwards: “Abayomi: The Times are Urgent, Let us Slow Down”
April 27-28: (The Base) A 2-Day Workshop by Bayo Akomolafe: “Making Sanctuary in Earnest Times”
|May 2019||Utah, USA:
May 10-11: The Jung Society has invited Bayo to give a talk and host a workshop [details emerging]
Rowe, Massachusetts, USA:
[TBD] Bayo will host a 7-day workshop and retreat called “Becoming With-nesses” (more details soon]
|June 2019||Totnes, England:
June 3-7: Bayo will be teaching the Sacred Activism course at Schumacher College.
[TBD] Bayo will be part of meetings and talks at OCAD University
|August 2019||Bayo will be at the Annual Rethinking Everything Conference and Retreat (details soon)|
|September 2019||Rowe, Massachusetts, USA : 1 week Retreat at Rowe Center (details soon)|
|November 2019||Tierra Valiente, Costa Rica:
November 8-10: ‘Activist Ashram’: Bayo will be giving talks at this event.
Most Recent Engagements in 2018
|September 30, 2018||[Online] ‘Story the Future’ Online Summit: with Mary Alice Arthur / Invitation as Guest Speaker / www.storythefuture.com|
|October 14-18 / 20-21, 2018||Cape Town, South Africa: ‘Exploring the Nearly Invisible: A Series of Multi-day Conversations‘ with Bayo Akomolafe, Eve Annecke, and Colin Campbell (Hosted by the Dreamcoat Collective) at Bertha Retreat, Boschendal, Franschhoek Valley (October 14-18)
Jo’burg, South Africa: Special Guest / Keynote at the Learning Reimagined unConference, ‘Unschooling as Decolonization’. https://growingminds.co.za/learning-reimagined-conference-2018/
|October 31 – November 2 2018||Ben Guerir, Morocco: Meeting of the Scientific Committee of UNESCO’s Imagining Africa’s Future (IAF) Project and implementation and co-design of Futures Literacy Labs in collaboration with Covenant University, Nigeria – at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (Follow-up Meeting)|
|November 2018||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
[November 8 – 11] Dr Akomolafe has been invited to give special talks, workshops and a keynote at ColaborAmerica Festival
November 9 – “Libations: The postactivism of water”: Bayo Akomolafe (with Jiordi Rosales) speaks about the posthuman(ist), ecofeminist, multispecies thinking occasioned by the Anthropocene, which invites us to notice water as animated and ourselves as ‘watery bodies’ (Astrida Neimanis). He goes on to suggest that the gesture of pouring water (ritualized in libation ceremonies practiced around the world) calls attention to the transcorporeal agency of flow – and that an ethics of flow proceeds from this outlook that in turn opens up new modes of thinking with and making kin with the world around us.
November 10 – Keynote on Postactivism and Responsivity in a World Alive
November 11: Reimagining Education workshop with Manish Jain
November 12: Visit to The Museum of Tomorrow and Talk with Vanessa Andreoti
Lexington, MA, USA:
[November 15] (Morning) Talk with students of the Lexington High School at 251 Waltham Street. (Evening) Special Guest Speaker at an evening community event holding called ‘The Wilds Beyond our Fences: The Way is Awkward, not Forward‘ (Venue: Scottish Rite Museum and Library).
[November 15] Keynote Address via video conference to the Kulturweit Project of the German Commission for UNESCO – “Power-sensitive and diversity-sustaining education”. Dr. Akomolafe has been specially invited to speak to facilitators and young German volunteers going abroad for 6-12 months working in German institutions in Asian, African and East European countries. He’ll be responding to questions like: “How can we deal with racism and decolonisation without falling into categories of ‘good’ and ‘evil’? What is the new ethos that is demanded from us? How can we dismantle power linked with white normativity? And what does that mean for non-formal education?” Dr. Akomolafe’s Keynote will be live via video conference.
Rowe, MA, USA:
[November 16-18] Workshop at Rowe Center: “The Times are Urgent, Let us Slow Down” [Description] How we respond to a crisis is very often a part of the crisis, says Bayo. Today “we are not only seeing how consequential human activity is to the planet we call home,” he says. “We are also…seeing that we are indeed ‘monstrous,’ composite, entangled, spread out and mangled up.” This is why the usual solutions will not work and may make things worse, and why instead of rushing into them it may be better to slow down and try to see our planet’s emergencies in new ways. Bayo will enchant your vision and awaken you to possibilities that are often dismissed in our quests for convenient and immediate resolutions.
[November 30 – December 1] Dr. Akomolafe has been invited as a Founder of the Plurality University in Paris. A 2-day Founders’ Meeting takes place at this time.