This week Ziada and Mary Ann talk with Wambui JL the creator of Hairpolitian Lifestyle, an online magazine that focuses on African women who have or want to return to their natural hair.

We talk following your gut as a way to do business, almost giving up (but not quite), sharing your struggles to inspire others (and also get support) and the way that creative ideas emerge at 3 in the morning (we don’t know why!).

 

Wambui JL is a natural lifestyle and creative entrepreneur based in Nairobi, Kenya. Wambui also has a passion for women in business and she moderates panels for events that seek to uplift women in that space. She’s a Graphic Designer by profession and over the years has used her expertise to give brand consultations to individuals and companies alike.

Photo of Wambui by Photos by Jeri 

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This week on the Podcast Mary Ann Clements talks to Sara Lim Bertrand from Proteknôn, a consultancy group and foundation she co-founded which is focused on the protection, care, and wellbeing of children internationally.

They discuss how the group came together, the strategies they use to enable flexible working across many geographies and how they blend consultancy work with activism about the issues they care about.

Sara also shares the three pillars that guide their work: Freedom, Collaboration and Principle and how the pillars impact the approach that Proteknôn take to carrying out projects for their clients.

Sara Lim Bertrand is a humanitarian and development professional with more than 17 years of programming experience in child protection, gender-based violence, education in emergencies and learning and development. For the last 13 years, she has developed strong technical and programmatic competencies in humanitarian action, systems building, protection in situations of migration and displacement, prevention and response to exploitation and abuse, case management, alternative care, community-based protection, child participation, psychosocial support, advocacy and supporting social change. Sara is also passionate about early childhood development, parenting education, mental health and disability inclusion. Notably, Sara combined her interest in design and technology by developing a handful of e-courses on the CPMS, CPRA, Child Protection Situation and Response Monitoring, Child Protection Case Management and Supervision, amongst others. Since 1996, she has worked directly in 18 countries. In addition, she provided high-quality, remote support to field-based child protection coordination groups in more than 40+ countries. Sara has a Master of Arts (MA) in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in Community Development from Wheaton College’s Graduate School. She has also taken more than 50 supplemental courses in case management, child development, child protection, GBV, protection, research and social change. For her LinkedIn profile, click here.

Get in touch with Sara and Proteknôn

Website: www.proteknon.org
Facebook page: @proteknon
Twitter: @proteknon
Instagram: @proteknon

This week Ziada and Mary Ann speak with Ilana Landsberg-Lewis about how she become so interested in talking with Grandmothers, building global solidarity between them and sharing their voices. Ilana also shares with us why she is passionate about a feminist, egalitarian and anti-colonial models of the solidarity work and the significant – and often undervalued – contribution that older women have made to the world of humanitarian assistance and development.

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis has spent her entire adult life engaged in the struggle for the rights of women and girls. From her early days as a human rights lawyer to her years at UNIFEM, Ilana has worked with women’s groups around the world and has learned that no amount of so-called expertise can replace that of women at the frontlines of their own struggle for justice. Ilana has been the executive director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation since she founded it with her father in 2003. She has been deeply honored and grateful to learn from the indomitable grandmothers of this remarkable movement, the world over.

Connect with Ilana and her work:

Website: www.ilanalandsberglewis.com (you can also find out about the projects we discuss during the episode at www.stephenlewisfoundation.org and www.grandmotherscampaign.org)

Instagram: @ilana.lewis
Facebook: @grandmothersonthemove

In this episode, Mary Ann talks to Jo Casey about how she supports people to run meaningful businesses that reflect their values and make a difference in the world. We talk radical approaches, challenging accepted wisdom and re-making our work in a way that feels true for us.

Jo Casey is a certified coach, speaker, trainer and podcaster. In addition to being British, slightly nerdy and allergic to the marketing bullsh*t in the personal development industry, she’s certain that succeeding as female entrepreneurs means violating every single message that’s been poured into us about what it means to be a ‘good’ woman (Don’t take up space….be compliant….defer to others….don’t be pushy/bossy/too confident etc.etc.)

In other words, we have to violate our feminine conditioning – which is tricksy, sometimes hard but transformational.

Jo specialises in helping service based business owners do that self-development and unlearning work, get more clients and build sustainable, meaningful businesses without resorting to the dark arts or sleazy marketing tactics.

Founder of jocasey.com and The Meaningful Business Academy, creator and presenter of The Meaningful Business Podcast, speaker, and writer for Coaching Blueprint, Mind Body Green and Tiny Buddha (among others).

Jo integrates business strategy, marketing, and aligned sales with self-development, growth, and personal actualisation. So building a business will feel deep and transformational – as well as be profitable.

Connect with Jo and her work:

Website: www.jocasey.com

The Meaningful Business Academy: www.meaningfulbizacademy.com

Instagram: @jocaseyb
Facebook: @jocaseyb

This week Ziada and Mary Ann talk with Madeleine Forbes one of Mary Ann’s collaborators in www.jijaze.com about her life in Portugal, her own project www.theseasonedyear.com and why she believes that leaving seasonally is a choice that can sustain and nourish us all.

Madeleine Forbes is a writer and content creator who loves finding the right words and conveying powerful messages clearly and effectively. Four years ago she moved from the UK to Portugal four years ago to try to live a lower impact, more sustainable life on a little off-grid smallholding. It’s a work in progress, but she loves the challenge this brings. She now balances farm life with her business as a freelance copywriter helping small online businesses grow their impact through their writing. As you’ll hear in the show she also runs a website called The Seasoned Year all about slowing down and connecting to the seasons to help us live saner, more sustainable lives.

Connect with Madeleine and her work:

The Seasoned Year: www.theseasonedyear.com

Work with Madeleine: www.madeleineforbes.com

This week we spend some time talking with Chelima who is in the middle of the European Tour which marks the release of her first EP, The Beholder.

She tells us about her love of singing and how she discovered, after many years working in the music business with other artists, that she wanted to become an artist and create and perform music of her own.

We talk the evolution of our work in the world, the things that sustain us and taking the difficult path of following our dreams.

Since she can remember Chélima’s first true love has been singing. But it wasn’t until one March morning in 2011, that she woke up and wanted to sing again. The Beholder and
also name of the title track on this five track EP is the result of a soul-affirming journey through Senegal and is an ode to Chélima’s artistic rebirth.

Chélima describes her style as “free soul” fusing blues, jazz and folk with an exotic twist borne from her French x Malian roots. She is not alone on this musical adventure and engages the talents of Bordeaux’s finest musicians in the shape of guitarist Jeannot Mendy, bassist Jasmin Ljutic, drummer Haze Francisco and pianist Valérie
Chane Tef – all consummate players on the French music scene with a collective wealth of musical experience spanning two decades. These outstanding musicians imbue The Beholder with soul and grace whilst elevating Chélima’s poetry to intoxicating new heights.

 

Connect with Chelima and her music:
You can find her online at www.chelima.net
Live: https://youtu.be/MwiNayt_1cA

The beholder video: https://youtu.be/6Vsgp2V9p7k

Our guest this week is Beverley Glick the ‘Story Archeologist’ who Co-Founded the Story Party with Mary Ann. She shares with us her process for supporting people to share and tell their stories and why it can have a profound impact on both them and their audience.

Beverley Glick has been telling stories for a living for more than 35 years, first as a music journalist and pop magazine editor and subsequently as a national newspaper all-rounder. In recent years she has reinvented herself as a story archaeologist and public speaking coach and trainer who helps people find their voice in the written and spoken word using the power of personal storytelling. She is also the co-founder of storytelling soiree The Story Party, which started in London five years ago and has now spread to Portsmouth, Stroud, Leeds and King’s Lynn.

Connect with Bev:

You can find her online at beverleyglick.com 
And the Story Party at thestoryparty.co.uk

This week we have a rich, deep conversation with Sophie Macklin about what it means to grieve, not only the loss in our lives, but our pain and sadness about things in the world and in our particular cultures which we feel sad and angry about. We explore what it means to express our grief and how we think that doing so can enrich our lives and help us to support one another.

Sophie Macklin is an anti-capitalist abundance coach and feminist priestess in love with the magic of valuing and care. She works with people on thriving within and despite capitalism as we all work to dismantle systemic oppression. She believes the current system for resource distribution is drastically unfair, and relies on the exploitation of land and people. She is working towards creating something different.  Sophie is passionate about women and queers getting supported for their work, mutual aid, and all of us getting imaginative about new economies and new ways of being.

Connect with Sophie:

You can find her online at www.feministabundance.com
And on Instagram: @sophieamacklin

This week Mary Ann talks to Alessandra Pigni author of ‘The Idealist’s Survival Kit. 75 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout’ about the causes of burnout in the Humanitarian Sector, why you aren’t alone if you are experiencing it and why a mixture of strategies are the best way to address it

Alessandra Pigni is a humanitarian psychologist, organisational consultant and author of The Idealist’s Survival Kit. 75 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout. After serving with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in Palestine and China, she has dedicated her work to understanding the connection between meaningful work and burnout. She has been Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and her work has a wide following among humanitarian practitioners, activists, and academics.

Connect with Alessandra:

You can find her online at www.mindfulnext.org 
And on Twitter: @mindfulnext