For The Wild
April 25, 2023: The Edges in the Middle, I: Bayo Akomolafe and john a. powell
For The Wild is honored to present a series of conversations entitled, The Edges in the Middle, in collaboration with UC Berkeleys Othering and Belonging Institute. In the first of these conversations, Bayo Akomolafe speaks with john a. powell, Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute.
Speaking on the theme When just getting along isn’t enough: Is belonging possible in a world rooted in othering?, Bayo and john contemplate the ontological weight of our desire for belonging. How might we learn how to belong together? Articulating both the harsh realities of modern day division and the simultaneous reality of our connection to each other and to the earth, Bayo and john examine what it means to be other and to invite in the monstrous and the strange.
The Edges in the Middle is a series of conversations between Bayo Akomolafe and thought companions like john a. powell, V, Naomi Klein, and more. These limited episodes have been adapted from Bayo’s work as the Global Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Othering & Belonging Institute. In this role, By has been holding a series of public conversations on issues of justice and belonging for the Institute’s Democracy & Belonging Forum, which connects and resources civic leaders in Europe and the US who are committed to bridging across difference to strengthen democracy and advance belonging in both regions and around the world. Bayo’s conversations encourage us to rethink justice, hope, and belonging by sitting amidst the noise, not trying to cover it up with pleasant rhythms. To learn more about the Democracy & Belonging Forum, visit democracyandbelongingforum.org.