Resilience Resources

The work of brilliant thinkers, creators, and collaborators around the world is essential to deepen and consolidate an intensity of consciousness needed Now to make sustainable change. The following list highlights some of the amazing people and organizations working to make a difference in our collective journey to sustainable wholeness. It is a journey that must be completed on two levels simultaneously—as individuals and as a global collective. When we begin to see and understand ourselves more whole, the good parts and the bad, we can embrace others with compassion, empathy, and kindness. We help each other do this by the stories we tell about ourselves and our world. Now, more than ever, we need to tell bigger, better stories about ourselves, each other, and the world we live in without leaving important pieces out of the story. The dominate Western narrative is leaving a lot of essential pieces out of its narrative and most of the world has become stuck inside this narrative that values money above life–with the epidemic of COVID-19, it is clear it values economic wellness over human wellness and life. This is a global narrative that has become too shallow to sustain us much longer. It is global because it has powered its way brutality around the globe to grab this power. Now, we the citizens of the world need a new narrative that values all living beings, seeks truth and justice, strives without blindness to sustainable solutions and balances. Stories of every kind deepen our understanding of the world around us and the world inside of us. They are portals to new perceptions, insights, and knowledge that can lead to transformative discoveries and change. Without deeper, truer stories, we are not going to survive as a species.

The categories below are a start for areas in desperate need of more of our time and attention. Each one begins with a song or two capturing some of the deeper meanings that each category seeks to delve more deeply into. Music is one of our most ancient tools for accessing deeper layers of mind. Indeed, music probably helped primitive man survive more robustly and to consolidate the ability to think in the modern ways that we think that thinking is done Now. Music, song, and poetry are powerful tools that have been weaken in our modern system because their value has been mostly reduced to how much money they can generate, and this has allowed us to lose sight of what they really do—open portals to pathways inside of ourselves that help us find our wholeness. If you begin each list by listening to the song before looking at (and judging) the content of each list, it may help you access deeper levels of thinking, sensing, and meaning—thus, opening doorways to archetypal knowledge through rhythm, trope, metaphor, myth, and primordial images where ancient knowledge has been stored for centuries and exists in us all, we’ve just forgotten how to recognize it or how to get there. If you have suggestions to add to this imperfect list, please leave a comment and I’ll add it.

EQUALITY FOR ALL PEOPLES BEGINS BY BRINGING EVERYONE TO THE WORLD TABLE:

While one human being any where in the world remains oppressed, so do we all.

Mashrou’ Leila – Roman (Official Music Video) | مشروع ليلى – رومان

Rhiannon Giddens – At The Purchaser’s Option

And see Rhiannon Giddens Speaks For The Silenced archived episode on Fresh Air from JULY 3, 2017.

Rhiannon Giddens – “Better Get It Right the First Time” (XPoNential Music Festival 2017)

Fairuz A best song

How Can We Win Kimberly Jones Video Full Length David Jones Media Clean Edit #BLM 2020 What Can I Do


Lady Midnight – Bloodsong [Official Video] — an awakening of the deepest parts of ourselves — Directed by Teddy Grimes and Mackenzie Owens. Music Produced by MMYYKK, recorded, mixed and mastered by Medium Zach at Woodgrain, Minneapolis. Released on May 17, 2019.

CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION | Official Trailer | Netflix | Documentary
“The world always wants us dead.” So, a group of disabled teen campers join the fight for disability civil rights working with the Black Panthers to gain civil rights for persons with disabilities. It wasn’t easy. Watch it.

  • Racism in America is Like Dust in the Air: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote this Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times where he says “racism in America is like dust in the air. It’s invisible until you let the sun in. Then, you see it everywhere.” Western Civilization’s norms and values have brutality baked into them. A good cleaning is needed now.
  • Silence is Not an Option: This is a new podcast hosted by Don Lemon of CNN. We will not solve anything unless we can come together and eradicate racism. The podcast is described as follows: “America is in crisis right now. A lot of people want to help, but have no idea where to start. In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and Brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward. We’ll have tough conversations with activists, artists, and thinkers about our nation’s deep racial divide. As we look for meaningful and lasting solutions, there is a lot to learn and unlearn. These conversations are going to be challenging—even uncomfortable—but they’re important. Because this time, we get to rebuild America together.” Let’s get started, now.
  • Kenya’s Police Are Notorious. Few People Are Protesting: Racism is global. It is a killer pandemic infecting humans for centuries turning them into brutal, vicious things because infected people have lost their humanity and steal it from others because they can and it is destroying our collective heritage as a human race capable of so much more than what we have achieved so far, which is so much pain and destruction. This is a heart-wrenching story and very hard to listen to. It occurred after George Floyd was brutally murdered and also caught on video.
  • Resist the Urge to Simplify the Story: As protests multiply, uncertainty abounds and Trump is using it to frighten Americans. JUNE 3, 2020 Written by Anne Applebaum, Staff writer at The Atlantic.
  • Policing Is An ‘Avatar Of American Racism,’ Marshall Project Journalist Says: Lartey is a staff writer for The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S. criminal justice system. Lartey notes that America’s model of policing is a relatively recent phenomenon: “Policing wasn’t always this way. It wasn’t always this big. It wasn’t always this bureaucratic,” he says. “Modern policing — the policing that you and I and listeners recognize today — is really a product of the 20th century.” He says that Floyd’s death — and the deaths of other black people in police custody — highlight the need to change a broken system.
  • Why They’re Protesting: “Hate killed Mr. Floyd,” one said. “This kind of conduct has been allowed for far too long against people of color. And enough is enough.” This podcast is a series of interviews with individuals and what motivated them to take to the streets and protest now. It is a series of stunning interviews.
  • Mapping Black Lives Matter Protests Around The World: To help give some perspective on the scope of the demonstrations, one man created an online map that shows the many cities worldwide standing up for racial justice. This segmented was aired on Here & Now. Take a look!
  • What Is Next?: The death of George Floyd, a black man killed while being forcefully detained by a Minneapolis Police officer, has sparked peaceful demonstrations and destructive riots between protesters and police in the Twin Cities and across the country. MPR News host Angela Davis had a discussion with cultural trauma experts Resmaa‌ ‌Menakem‌, Justin Terrell, and Brittany Lewis about the most recent high-profile incident to become an example of historic racial injustice. “White comfort Trumps my liberation.” “Normal wasn’t good for me. We ain’t going back. Normal wasn’t good for me.” We need a new philosophy… a living philosophy to build a new cultural container for transformation.
  • Talking to White Kids About Race and Racism: Most white kids have never had a discussion about racism with their parents. They have been protected from its brutality by silence. And so, silence becomes the unspoken weapon transmitting it from one generation to the next. This special report explores this silence and what some white parents are learning how to counteract it. To accomplish lasting, stable change, all races need to come to the common table of community and converse with dignity, respect, and knowledge not hidden in silence. This special aired on June 27, 2020.
  • Hope After Hashtags: A Young Black Minnesotan Reflects On Race After Floyd Killing: Like many Americans, 22-year-old Erianna Jiles has been thinking a lot about racism in America. Perhaps even more so, since she’s Black and from Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed by police. She wonders what life will look like when the Black Lives Matter protests end and the hashtags disappear. This 2 minute piece aired on Here & Now June 12, 2012.
  • Parents Of Sandy Hook Shooting Victim Hope Protesters Will Hold Out For Real Change: The same lopsided fragmentation of being human that made it possible for one deranged young man to kill innocent children is a close consciousness cousin to the deranged brutality inflicted on millions and millions of innocent people for centuries. And the same forces resisting healing, resisting a more fair, justice, and sustainable world are at work again. Excerpt from this piece: “Back then, she figured “nobody in their right mind is going to stare at the mother of a child who was murdered and shot seven, eight times and say, ‘I won’t enact legislation.’ And the truth is, that’s where we went wrong. Some of these legislators out there, they’re banking on you to stop putting pressure on.” Don’t stop paying attention. Concentrate for change. Consolidate it and never give up on it.
  • The Poor People’s Campaign Is Marching On Washington — Virtually: This is another part of racisms brutal rule. These are glimpses of heart-wrenching stories of how racism has destroyed families and kept people in poverty. But, a tide is turning, if we pay attention.
  • Ingrained Injustice: As protests for racial justice continue, many are asking how racism became so embedded in our lives. This hour, TED’s Whitney Pennington Rodgers guides us through talks that offer part of the answer.
  • Criminal Justice: Keith Ellison talks about police power, protest and George Floyd murder prosecutions. Minnesota’s attorney general came of age as an anti-police-violence activist. Now he’ll prosecute one of the most important police murder cases ever. This is an in-depth discussion on how the system keeps bad cops on the streets. Produced by Reveal.
  • Patent Racism: Violence, including racist attacks, stifles innovation and the economy. Dr. Lisa Cook proved how. It took 10 years to be heard. Produced by Planet Money. This episode shows how racism hurts everyone, including White people and the economy.
  • Separate and Unequal: Ignoring America’s Racism: This documentary examines the findings of the Kerner Commission, which was created to address the inequities that were the root cause of the riots and civil disturbances of the summer of 1967. The commission’s recommendations were largely ignored, which has contributed to an ever-more divided country. The documentary also examines attitudes about race in today’s America, including its impact on education, housing, joblessness, and police relationships.
  • Burn It Down: This American Life digs deeper into the roots of racism and why it is so hard to admit and change it. People existing in racists mindsets often are rather willing to burn down and destroy systems and things that benefit the good of all rather than deal with their inner realities of racism and destructive behavior. This episode explores the following: In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, people everywhere are demanding that police departments change not just their rules, but the culture inside that leads to these deaths. But those things are notoriously hard to change. As a case study, here’s the story of a fire department that gets a new boss who starts a war with his own firefighters, to change their macho, racist culture. They fight back hard.
  • The Showdown in Lafayette Square: What happened outside the White House on June 1, 2020 when military and police violently cleared peaceful protestors from the square for Trump to do a photo op.
  • Reality Shows ‘Cops’ And ‘Live PD’ Cancelled Amid Protests Against Police Brutality: Reality police shows “Cops” and “Live PD” were canceled this week in the wake of widespread protests against police brutality. Both shows had long been controversial, garnering criticism for consistently depicting Black suspects against white cops and allegedly glorifying police. This 5 minute piece aired on Here & Now June 12, 2012
  • Jared BallZionism and Black Radical Internationalism — he discusses psychic warfare through colonialism that absolutely needs to be dealt with in order for collective transformation to occur… all brothers and sisters of Earth must be at the table no matter the color of their skin or the colonialism that has kept them suppressed.
  • Marc Lamont HillUN Speech That Got Him Fired for speaking up for freedom and justice on both sides of a division that goes back centuries. He speaks about the need for solidarity between all oppressed people around the world from apartheid in Africa to the movement of Gandhi in India.
  • Dareen Tatour: A resident of the Galilee village of Reineh near Nazareth, she was arrested in October 2015 after publishing, among others, a poem titled “Resist, my people, resist them.”
  • Mahmoud DarwishPoetry Foundation Profile: Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish was born in al-Birwa in Galilee, a village that was occupied and later razed by the Israeli army. In the 1960s Darwish was imprisoned for reciting poetry and traveling between villages without a permit. Considered a “resistance poet,” he was placed under house arrest when his poem “Identity Card” was turned into a protest song.
  • A Bird is not a Stone: This is a unique cultural exchange, giving both English and Arabic readers a unique insight into the political, social and emotional landscape of today’s Palestine.
  • Paola & KarlaAt the Wall, U.S./Mexico Border, Texas, 2020: beautiful spoken word poetry.
  • Elizabeth S. Manley: The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic : a powerful new book.
  • Julia AlvarezIn The Time of the Butterflies is about the three Mirabal sisters who were brutally murdered for speaking out about injustices. They founded the underground, las Mariposas (the Butterflies, which was their code name) that inspired a resistance throughout their country.
  • IndependentEU condemns rescue boats picking up drowning refugees in Mediterranean as leaders side with populists: As of December 13, 2018, the Artemis has been forced to cease operations and there are no recuse boats helping refugees who may be drowning
  • We Are All Connected: Doaa and the Baby: This is a short piece inspired by Melissa Fleming’s TedTalk about an overloaded ship carrying more than 500 refugees, and a young woman who becomes an unlikely hero.

CREATIVE STORY TELLING LEADS TO NEW WAYS TO KNOWLEDGE & WISDOM:

More than any other time in human history, we need new stories, new narratives that unite us as one human tribe to thrive.

Seal – Crazy [Official Video]
Asura – Altered State ᴴᴰ
Ra – Transcendent

Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story | Official Trailer directed by Ashley Bell (Abramorama)
‘THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM’ Interview: John & Molly Chester on My Favorite Documentary of the Year

Giving Voice … to Michael — Work by Julia Hayden whose vision is to have a place where the voiceless can have a voice to tell their stories.

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  • WILL CLIMATE MATTER IN THE ELECTION? This is a compelling, highly informative podcast about how to tell better stories about climate change so that listeners can connect the dots and understand the complexities and ways that they can matter and make a difference. And excerpt: ““10.1 million already-registered-to-vote environmentalists stayed home for the 2016 presidential election,” notes Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project, an organization dedicated to changing nonvoting environmentalists into voters. (…) These people care so deeply about climate and the environment that it’s their number one priority,” says Stinnett, “and if we’re able to actually get them out to the polls that can have an enormous impact politically, but also on policymaking.”
  • An Hour With “UNTAMED” Author Glennon Doyle: “I am Tabitha, the beautiful, majestic wild cheetah trained and tamed to chase a dirty, pink, stuffed bunny down a rutted track and then eat a dirty steak thrown in the hard pack dirt.” Glennon Doyle talks with Kojo about her life and her latest book about how we are raised to feel shame about ourselves, to not trust ourselves, to forget that we are wild, beautiful beings just like Tabitha the cheetah who was trained to forget her true, deep, enduring beauty. Glennon says that deep caring can be felt like anxiety, but she calls it her fire. Reconnect with your fire, your inner beauty. Read her book or listen to her here!
  • WATER STORYTELLING: “Water is important in many ways. Water is critical for life on earth in many ways. Without water there would be not any life on earth. Water is critical for our living, well-being as well as being import social and cultural practices and our identities. Water has shaped and is shaping landscapes and terrestrial conditions.” This blog tells about the important work of Water Storytelling. Take a look. 
  • Hidden Brain explores how prevalent racism is in this episode The Air We Breathe: Implicit Bias And Police Shootings: President Trump said this week that a few “bad apples” were to blame for police killings of black people. But research suggests that something more complicated is at play — a force that affects everyone in the culture, not just police officers. In this bonus episode, we revisit our 2017 look at implicit bias and how a culture of racism can infect us all.
  • Too Little, Too Much is another podcast by The Hidden Brain that explores how our brains work and influence perceptions about reality. Our Better Angels: What We Lose When We Assume People Are Bad is a podcast that explore how laws written to govern the lawless end up changing the behavior of the lawful — for the worse.
  • The Truth About Trump’s Economy is a podcast by Robert Reich who is revealing layers of reality that might have been missed if one was not paying attention.
  • How to Be Happy (Ep. 345) is a podcast by Freakonomics that explores economics and how it shapes our lives.
  • Margaret Wheatley is a consciousness warrior and systems change worker. Her latest book is Who Do We Choose to Be that begins with the quote: The Warriors arise when the people need protection.
  • Unveiled Canal Mural Champions Women is a mural project depicting 17 actual and imaginary New Haven women committed to a more equitable future.
  • Climate Cinema is dedicated to highlighting the individuals and films that are shedding light on the many facets and forces contributing to the climate crisis.
  • Thrive Story is the new story we create together about our connection to each other and to nature.
  • Mieke van der Bijl writes about why being smart is not enough — the social skills and structures of tackling complexity.
  • D. Mann documents Voices of Change through Citizenship Documentaries.
  • Donna Alena Hrabcakova‘s RECENT PAINTINGS: NEW ANCIENTS  is a visual artists telling stories that bring ancient wisdom into the light.
  • Hannelie Sensemaker WorldPainter Venucia‘s Joy Generation World is transforming the world through JOY.
  • Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis‘s Beautiful Waters is a reflection of the water mothers, their forms, symbols, and messages.

DEFENDERS OF TRUTH ARE GUARDIANS OF OUR SHARED REALITY

Without truth, reality dissolves and social cohesion begins to pull apart, leaving a society susceptible to tyranny. Truth shines brightest when equality and justice for all are rigorously defended and upheld.

Moby – The Last Day (with Skylar Grey) – Official video
n u a g e s – Dreams (with lyrics from one of Alan Watt’s lectures)

What the F*ck is Going On? The Sensemaking Series, Rebel Wisdom

Rebel Wisdom, in this episode, looks into the question of who to trust, how we find truth and how we are being manipulated is central to understanding and solving all our other problems. The pandemic crisis has acted like an amplifier and catalyst of all the existing fractures in culture. The question of reliable sensemaking is right at the core of resolving any of these problems. Rebel Wisdom is beginning a series of films looking at the question of truth and sensemaking. Starting with a look back at one of the attempts to answer that question, the Intellectual Dark Web.


  • How George Soros Became The Subject Of So Many Far-Right Conspiracies: Algorithmic game theory makes Facebook and YouTube light up 24/7 with posts, uploads, and comments of outraged users consumed with the cockeyed idea that there is one man in the entire world who is working day and night to control your mind. This conspiracy theroy is an overly simplified version of reality, but it is an extremely popular one that is used by far right politicians and media gate keepers to mobilize their base (to be fair, there are extreme far left gatekeepers and conspiracies too, but visibly there are far more conspiracies being concocted on the right). In reality, there are many people who are contributing to warping reality with money that they aggressively push into media streams to manipulate minds. Take for instance Robert Mercer, a reclusive U.S. billionaire who helped Donald Trump win the presidency, or the Coen brothers and decline of the American middle class. Take a moment to listen to this July 8 episode of 1A.
  • How Facebook Is Undermining ‘Black Lives Matter’: This is an extremely important episode that was produced by The Daily exploring how social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have come out in support of Black Lives Matter and its mission. But, some platforms seem to be undermining the movement for racial justice, such as Facebook that static’s show is used much more by conservative activists in America and around the world becoming a powerful tool for promoting and preserving conservative agendas. A person who is a social conservative wants to preserve traditional morality and social mores, which harbor the structural racism of our current culture and society and imbedded in every system all of us have to use to survive. Social conservatives often opposed what they consider radical policies or social engineering. They want to keep things the same, the way they have always been. Social change is generally regarded as suspect and often demonized. It is being used as a weapon by Trump to win a second term. He relies and thrives on pushing social conservatives emotional buttons to keep them engaged and supporting him.
  • Amid Confusion About Reopening, An Expert Explains How To Assess COVID Risk: This Fresh Air broadcast interviews Michael Osterholm who is founder and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. The virus will expose the truth of dishonest political rhetoric. If ever we need an epidemic of kindness, now is the time. From the transcript, Osterholm says: “From the earliest days of the pandemic, the virus has often been treated as a political issue rather than a public health issue — and much has been made of President Trump’s refusal to wear a mask in public. But, the risks from COVID supersede partisanship. We will all know somebody — we will all love somebody — who will die from this disease,” he says. “Eventually there won’t be any blue states or red states. There won’t be any blue cities or red rural areas. It’ll all be COVID colored.”
  • Four New Insights About the Coronavirus: Six months into a global pandemic, the U.S. fails in a staggering way to contain this novel virus amid denial and misinformation downplaying the severity of this new disease. These the four things scientists have learned about COVID-19. Number 1, it is not a lung disease. It is a vascular disease. It goes wherever there are lots of blood vessels–the heart, kidneys, brain–and sets up shop devastating organs with damage lasting for months, years, and even the rest of that person’s life. Even mild cases can leave permanent marks, science reporter tells. Find out more on this podcast produced by the NYT’s Daily.
  • Divided States of the Pandemic this is a podcast produced by Reveal about the U.S. response to COVID-19, which has been vastly more deadly to black and brown people–a fact ignited when George Floyd was brutally murdered by a white police officer. This episode shows how hard it is to clearly see reality as it is happening. It explores step by step the competing political narratives about this pandemic and how denial of the reality of this novel virus made the outbreak in the U.S. far worst than in other countries. This is an extremely important story because if we as human beings cannot agree on the reality of a novel virus sweeping the entire world, how are we going to agree on the reality of racism, on the reality of climate change, on the reality of hunger and war and injustice occurring all over the world… on the reality that every human life, no matter how humble or forgotten, is percious.
  • Hate Online: Yet Another ‘Free Speech’ Reckoning For Social Media: Social media platforms are not doing what they say they are doing. Algorithms created on these platforms don’t feed us the content we want to see. They feed us the information that will fracture our attention, keep us outraged (thus glued to the platform reacting in smaller and smaller pools of other outraged individuals), and shatter our ability to concentrate. They are actually keeping us from each other rather than uniting us. Hear more about this pandering to hate for profit on 1A.
  • The Post Pandemic City this Planet Money podcast tells how  big American cities might never look the same again, post coronavirus. And that could be the making of them. And, this Planet Money podcast tells What A 1968 Report Tells Us About The Persistence Of Racial Inequality. While this one explores the economics of Police Unions And Police Violence.
  • Pema Chodron‘s No Time to Lose guides the reader through the way of the Bohisattva; a path to inner wholeness, peace, and no suffering for self and all living beings.
  • John G. Neihardt‘s Black Elk Speaks is a book about a holy man of the Oglala Sioux nation.

SYSTEMS CHANGE ALERTS & CHANGERS:

Will we be undone by our clever minds? 

The Chemical Brothers – Sometimes I Feel So Deserted (Official Music Video)
Yeasayer – “I Am Chemistry” (Official Music Video)

CLIMATE CHANGE ALERTERS & CHANGERS:

All of Earth’s beautiful creatures hold their breath waiting to see if we (the humans) notice the choice that we have to make…the one that will determine the fate and destiny all of life on this small blue planet in the endless void of space.

CAKE | SINKING SHIP
Regina Spektor – The Trapper and the Furrier [Official Music Video]


CLIMATE CHANGE INNOVATORS:

Be the creators of change so we might all ascend the final mountain of consciousness and find the wisdom and compassion to care for Earth…our home, our origins, our very soul.

Michael Jackson – Earth Song (Official Video)
Royksopp – Triumphant Video


EMERGING GROUPS & HUBS AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE, CONSCIOUSNESS, COLLABORATION, AND COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION:

Only together can we generate the gravity needed to resist destruction.

Lamb – Wise Enough
Lyla June – Time Traveler (feat. Desirae Harp) Official Music Video
Time of the Sixth Sun – Movie Trailer