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Our Story

 

The 2020 uprisings after the murders of George Floyd and other Black people by police demonstrated clearly that many people in the US felt they were not heard. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has said that “a riot is the language of the unheard.” Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) activists initiated the Deep Listening for Social Change project as a social change movement to bring communities together to deeply listen to one another.

 

From a foundation of mindfulness, the DLSC project will use the practice and process of Deep Listening as an antiracist tool and a foundation for having difficult conversations in order to amplify and empower marginalized voices and create a greater sense of interconnection.

 

Deep listening is listening to understand, a way of hearing in which we are fully present with what is happening in the moment without trying to control it or judge it. We engage with a diverse pool of members from communities throughout the Twin Cities to collaboratively develop skills in deep listening.

 

The Deep Listening for Social Change project invites cohort participants to engage in and facilitate deep listening conversations with other activists and with members of communities who are not often heard in order to build a web of mutual support.

Thank you to our sponsors, Kataly Foundation and Clouds in Water Zen Center.

We are developing a process for LISTENING, led by a coalition of multicultural, multi-gender, multi-generational skilled facilitators to amplify and empower marginalized voices.

 
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Our Mission

Deep Listening for Social Change is a peaceful action initiated by members of the Twin Cities BIPOC mindfulness community.

We are developing a process for LISTENING, led by a coalition of multicultural, multi-gender, multi-generational skilled facilitators to amplify and empower marginalized voices.

 

A deep listening approach supports self-reflection, encourages individual and collective healing, and builds interconnection, resilience and care.

Our Vision

We leverage resources and ancestral wisdom to organize, articulate, and act upon common goals that lead to social change.

 

We follow an iterative and phased process grounded in trust, communication, relationship building and cultural sensitivity.

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Meet the Group

Claudette Webster (Core Member)
Claudette Webster (Core Member)

A writer, educator, facilitator and consultant with 15+ years of experience implementing and providing strategic guidance to a wide array of educational, non-profit and for-profit programs. An inspiring leader and communicator with a strong commitment to excellence, presence and mindfulness.

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Carol Iwata (Core Member)
Carol Iwata (Core Member)

Carol has worked on social justice programs and community-building for more than 50 years. She is Japanese-American, with maternal and paternal grandparents who were all immigrants. As a volunteer, she manages and plans programs, working with and for BIPOC communities, in applying spiritual practice toward the work of social and racial justice.

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Aki Shibata (Cohort Member)
Aki Shibata (Cohort Member)

Aki Shibata is a behavioral artist, educator, facilitator, and community organizer from Tokyo, Japan, now based in Minnesota. In Shibata's artistic work they develop intersections for people in public spaces to discover their authentic selves and to nurture compassion for all. In 2017 they founded the Primary School of Behavioral Art (ps-ba.com).

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Claudette Webster (Core Member)
Claudette Webster (Core Member)

A writer, educator, facilitator and consultant with 15+ years of experience implementing and providing strategic guidance to a wide array of educational, non-profit and for-profit programs. An inspiring leader and communicator with a strong commitment to excellence, presence and mindfulness.

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