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Gathering around the fire


On July 28 our guest was Bayo Akomolafe

The 2025 Initiative invites you to join in a new series of exchanges in which story-telling is the current— and currency— of hope, discovery and connection. What is our ‘best hope’ when it comes to speaking clearly and truthfully about the things we are moved or unsettled by? What new songs might come into being through a shared process of dialogue and listening?

“The etymology of ‘confusion’ is mingling together. In confusion is the opportunity to see differently. Thinking is ecological. We never think without context. We think with(in) context. This tells me that confusion is not just some black hole in the head that needs to be filled with stuff. It tells me that confusion is an opportunity for me to meet other ways of thinking – that even stupidity could be wise, or be wisdom I haven’t met yet…”—Bayo Akomolafe


Chennai-based Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) changes diapers, loves ghee dosas with coconut chutney, and is ecstatically in love with his 6 year old daughter, Alethea, and 2 year old son, Kyah. He is the grateful life-partner of Ijeoma, author of These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to my Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books, 2017), and Chief Curator of The Emergence Network – a postactivism project concerned with responsiveness in precarious times.

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