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The Social Change Ecosystem as A Guide Map

Season #5

“We are at a crossroads as individuals and collectives in this moment to figure out how we're going to approach what is happening around us.”

Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, strategist, and lawyer. Her work is rooted in Asian American, South Asian, Muslim, and Arab communities where she spent fifteen years in policy advocacy and coalition building in the wake of the September 11th attacks and ensuing backlash. Currently, Deepa leads projects on solidarity and social movements at the Building Movement Project, a national nonprofit. She has written two books, We Too Sing America and Social Change Now: A Guide for Reflection and Connection. Her first children’s picture book, We Are The Builders, will be released in the fall of 2024.

Many people are moved to do something and often feel overwhelmed by the scope and the vastness of all that is going on in the world. Can you share more about some of the roles in the social change model, and how can one go about finding their place, their role?

In this special episode, Anjali and Deepa discuss:

  • The biggest misconceptions around justice work
  • Radical visioning for the world we live in
  • Liberation
  • Practices of care in times of adversity

Connect with Deepa on her website and Instagram @deepaviyer.

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