POP-UP #5

AUGUST 11, 2020
1:00 PM ET

You have some choices to make, so read this first!

The pandemic isn’t going away. We’re not returning to normal anytime soon and our routines and rituals will be disrupted indefinitely. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we have the incredible opportunity to invent new ways of learning, collaborating, and building personal connections, so that we can make clearer sense of the world and solve our most urgent problems together — from wherever we might be.

So, for Upswell Pop-Up #5, you have three unique ways to participate. Whether your style is learning through observation or getting personal and working in a small group, there’s something here for you. But reserve your spot soon because some experiences have very limited capacity.

POP-UP #5

AUGUST 11, 2020
1:00 PM ET

You have some choices to make, so read this first!

The pandemic isn’t going away. We’re not returning to normal anytime soon and our routines and rituals will be disrupted indefinitely. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we have the incredible opportunity to invent new ways of learning, collaborating, and building personal connections, so that we can make clearer sense of the world and solve our most urgent problems together — from wherever we might be.

So, for Upswell Pop-Up #5, you have three unique ways to participate. Whether your style is learning through observation or getting personal and working in a small group, there’s something here for you. But reserve your spot soon because some experiences have very limited capacity.

Option 1 / 1:00-3:30p ET

Sherry Salway Black / COVID-19 & Systemic Segregation / Dr. Shirin Ebadi

Over the course of the afternoon, you’ll participate in three different sessions — each one part of an overarching journey towards permanently dismantling systems of oppression. First, you’ll explore how COVID-19 has exacerbated the systemic inequities that have harmed Native Americans for centuries. Then — through the lenses of media, arts, and medicine — you’ll learn about how the pandemic is deepening the effects of the Windy City’s history of segregation. And finally, you’ll find inspiration in the triumph of the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Native Americans Leading Systems Change

1:05-1:50p ET // Native people have been among the most affected by COVID-19 and systemic oppression, yet they are often left out of the narrative. In the latest installment of our conversation series, Leading Civil Renewal, 2019 John W. Gardner Leadership Award recipient, Sherry Salway Black, will reflect on her 40-year career toward becoming a standard-bearer for Indian Country self-determination, asset building, community investment, and cultural revitalization. In a discussion with Independent Sector President and CEO Dan Cardinali, she will explore her life’s work and how the challenges for the Native American community are managed alongside a world in crisis.

Sherry Salway Black
Chairperson
First People’s Fund

Dan Cardinali
President and CEO
Independent Sector

COVID-19, Racism, and Chicago's Enduring History of Segregation

1:55-2:45p ET //  The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on people of color, along with the racial unrest stirred by the killing of George Floyd and countless others, has dredged to the headlines once again the sorrowful history of the intentional separation of the races in Chicago, often called one of the most segregated cities in America.

How is the systemic segregation that continues to persist impacting the lives of Black Chicagoans as the city struggles to contend with the twin viruses of COVID-19 and racism, and what is being done to address it? You’ll hear from three people tackling the issue from the fields of the media, arts, and medicine — Tonika Lewis Johnson with the Folded Map Project; Lolly Bowean, media and storytelling program officer with the Field Foundation; and Maya Green, MD, MPH, regional clinical director and site medical director with Howard Brown Health’s 63rd Street Clinic.

Tonika Lewis Johnson
Social Justice Artist and Photographer
The Folded Map Project

Lolly Bowean
Media and Storytelling Officer
The Field Foundation

Dr. Maya Green
Regional Clinical Director and Site Medical Director
Howard Brown Health Clinic

The Indomitable Spirit of the Human Rights Struggle

2:50-3:30p ET //  They threatened her life and took almost everything from her – her livelihood, her family, her marriage. But they could not extinguish her resolute spirit, nor her tireless work to promote the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran. Dr. Shirin Ebadi was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her extraordinary efforts, the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Lynne Twist
Founder
Soul of Money Institute

Option 2 / 1:00-2:15p ET

Weaving Community Through Stories

America’s fabric is made up of diverse stories of love, compassion, struggle, humanity, and triumph. Here recently, our days are filled with constant stories of division, fear, and distrust. Despite our struggles with the parallel pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, Weavers across the country are showing up for one another – to see, listen, hear, and seek to understand. Their stories are ones of care, connection, and compassion.

Limited Capacity (100 seats available)

Frederick J. Riley
Executive Director
Weave: The Social Fabric Project

John Wood
National Ambassador
Braver Angels

LaToya Thomas
Principal and Founder
Brick and Story

Michael Cooper
Journalist and Attorney
MceIwee Law Firm

Option 3 / 2:20-3:50p ET

Individual and Communal Reflection and Inquiry for Deeper Connection to Self and Others

Fetzer Institute staff gathers weekly for learning experiences and spiritual practices that support our collective and individual spiritual exploration and personal growth. We explore personal spiritual interests, share new ideas and work, build connections with teammates and partners, and learn about topics from emotional intelligence to mindfulness to spiritual parenting. Creating a culture of love and authenticity helps us become a more effective organization, and will ultimately help us embody the work we aspire to do in the world. We continue to meet virtually weekly during these tumultuous times to keep our community tethered and connected.

During this 90-minute session, you’ll experience one of our virtual gatherings through contemplative practice and small and large group conversation – reflecting on and sharing thoughts about your inner experience during the pandemic, and listening to those of others. Are you craving more time to connect inward and with others? This is the session for you.

Limited Capacity (40 seats available)

Shakiyla Smith
Director of Organizational Culture
The Fetzer Institute