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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.
|January/February 2018||Nigeria: Dr. Akomolafe is part of a UNESCO Goodwill Mission to Nigeria (Covenant University and the Abuja UNESCO Directorate) (January 22 – 27)
South Africa: Dr. Akomolafe will be part of the UNESCO Mission to Johannesburg (January 27 – Feb. 1)
|March 2018||Vermont, USA: Bayo and Ijeoma are visiting scholars specially invited by Middlebury College, Vermont, USA – where they will meet faculty and staff, teach, hold events around Bayo’s new book, and give a formal campus talk. [March 10 – 16]. Dr. Bayo Akomolafe will give a campus talk at Middlebury College called, ‘A Libation at the Crossroads: Decommissioning Whiteness in an Age of Transraciality‘. He will speak with, teach and meet students throughout their stay at Middlebury. Ijeoma will give a talk around her new project, Broken Compass, on the ethics of unschooling as a response to a world that belittles the small and colonizes imagination; her talk is called ‘Our Broken Compass: Unlearning Education as Schooling in a World Gone Awry‘.
North Carolina, USA: Bayo will give two talks in Greensboro, and co-teach with author Daniel Foor at a daylong event at FlowJo Studios in Carrboro they have called “Decolonizing the Dead: Partnering with Our Ancestors for Cultural Healing” [March 18 – 20]
March 18th: “Conversation with Bayo Akomolafe,” a gathering with the staff and board of The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World. Place: Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, Whitsett, NC
March 18th: “The Gift of Fading Away,” A public talk sponsored by The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World (www.beholdnature.org) Place: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Greensboro, NC. Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information).
March 19th: Daylong event with Daniel Foor at Carrboro, FlowJo Studio (“Decolonizing the Dead: Partnering with Our Ancestors for Cultural Healing” A conversation with Bayo Akomolafe & Daniel Foor)
March 20: Bookstore event on “These Wilds Beyond our Fences” at A Different Booklist
March 22: Arrival in California / Event: “An Intimate Gathering with Bayo Akomolafe” (hosted by Rochelle McLaughlin, Santa Rosa, CA, 7pm – 10pm PDT)
March 23: Trying out ice cream at Screamin’ Mimi’s (hear it’s probably the best ice cream in the country!)
March 24: Invited Speech at ‘The Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church, Santa Rosa’, Speech: “These Wilds Beyond our Fences – with Dr Bayo Akomolafe” (co-sponsored by the Center for Babaylan Studies, the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church). Other links: 1, 2, 3
March 25: Meeting with We Will Dance with Mountains Course friends and alumni
March 26: Invitation to Lecture at Sonoma State University, AMCS 165 (Humanities Learning Community)
March 27: Under the auspices of the Center for Babaylan Studies Dr. Akomolafe will be giving a talk at Sonoma State University Hub (SSU/HUB) and will then give a 30 minute reading at the SPOKE Poetry Program
(Bayo is grateful to all the communities, organizations and networks sharing about his work, inviting him and opening up generous space for his sharing!)
|March 2018||Trento, Italy: Conference on the ‘Perspectives on Global Citizenship: A Shared Commitment’, by Global Schools. Dr. Akomolafe has been invited to speak. His talk will be pre-recorded for the participants at the Conference. http://www.globalschools.education/
|April 7, 2018||Marylebone, London: ‘Regenerative Activism: Regenerating Self & Society’ – A daylong workshop on regenerative activisms. Bayo Akomolafe has been invited to speak to the gathering by Skype. https://www.advayainitiative.com/allevents/2018/04/07/sustaining-activism|
|16 April, 2018 to Friday, 4 May, 2018||Totnes, England: Dr Akomolafe is Teacher in Residence at Schumacher College, UK – for the course, Sacred Activism 2018. This three-week intensive will bring together activists and change agents from different traditions and perspectives to inquire with us into some of the most pressing and live questions of our times. https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/short-courses/sacred-activism-2018|
|May 15 – 19, 2018||Udaipur, India: Shikshantar/Swaraj University Workshop: “Re-imagining Education in the Anthropocene – with Bayo Akomolafe & Manish Jain”|
|May 26-27||Ashland, Oregon, USA: Invitation to speak at the 2018 Tending the Threshold Conference: Gathering Change-Makers, Bridge-Builders & Edge-Dwellers (formerly “Architects of a New Paradigm”) Conference. https://tendingthethreshold.com/
Video Introduction: https://vimeo.com/255659724
|June 6-8, 2018
July 2-3, 2018
|Kigali, Rwanda: ‘Africa Innovation Summit’ – Invitation to Dr. Akomolafe to speak about Futures Literacy and The Emergence Network http://www.africainnovationsummit.com/
Paris, France: Invited Speech at the Launch of the Book: ‘Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century’ (Routledge, 2018), UNESCO HQ, and Expert Researcher Participation at the Imagining Africa’s Future Panel
|September 24-26, 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|
|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.
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
|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)
|April 2019||Iowa, USA:
April 8-11: Dr. Akomolafe will be co-leading a retreat with author Charles Eisenstein at The Prairiewoods Francescan Spirituality Center
April 12-13: The Prairiewoods Francescan Spirituality Center has asked Dr. Akomolafe to co-host (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
|May 2019||Utah, USA:
May 10-11: The Jung Society has invited Bayo to give a talk and host a workshop [details emerging]