When the Quarantine began I had the idea for The Collective Reset. We’ve all been asked to sit down, re-evaluate, and unlearn. This Revolution is forcing us to start with the very basics of human dignity and build from there. My hope is that we’re all using this time to #dobetter . SO I created a space to introduce you to some really dope people! People who are part of MY tribe. Meet some new friends! Hear about the racial temperature in their city. Learn from new voices doing some pretty cool things. Let’s share how we’re taking care of ourselves right now and what our hopes are for our future selves.
#1. Charl Brown is a Tony Award Nominee, for Best Featured Actor in a musical, for his portrayal of Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical. A few of his other Broadway appearances include Jersey Boys and the original cast of Sister Act. He is also 1/6 of the phenomenal touring group, The DooWop Project comprised of Broadway legends.
Harlem, NY https://youtu.be/mjQGB2FB130
#2. Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe is an Activist, and Artist working in printmaking, painting, textile design, and fine art tattooing. She has always been interested in the power of art as a voice and vehicle for social change. Her recent work has focused on the complexity of illness and disease and the cycle of life and death. Another body of her recent work focuses on the intricacies of gender and sexuality and how that influences how we each move through this world. Jozie recently launched “Feisty Ink Threads, which is a wearable art line designed by Jozie herself.
Miami, FL https://youtu.be/sSRTRyNB7hk
#3. Shari Vilchez-Blatt is the founder and creator of Karma Kids Yoga, once NYC’s only yoga studio dedicated just to children and families, has been sharing yoga with kids of all abilities since 2003. Shari also trains educators, OTs/PTs, social workers, counselors and adults working with kids, around the world teaching them how to share yoga with their communities. She has acted as consultant to numerous wellness and parenting resources included Nickelodeon, Working Woman, Parents, Target, Lincoln and others. She has been a presenter YJ Live and the National Kids Yoga Conference, as well as a regular contributor to NY Yoga + Life magazine. Shari has been featured on Sesame Street, sharing yoga with the muppets. Currently, she is working with Sesame Street as a writer for Monster Yoga.
New York, New York https://youtu.be/uuJWldBmTdI
#4 Carla Fernandez and Lennon Flowers
Carla is an experienced designer & community weaver focused on stitching us together at our most vulnerable & isolating intersections. She is the co-founder of The Dinner Party, a community of people turning grief & loss from an isolating experience into a source of deep friendship and forward motion – now active in 100 cities and featured in NYTimes, NPR, and OnBeing. More info: carlafernandez.co.
Lennon is hell-bent on creating spaces where humans can be human, out of a belief that nothing is done in isolation, and that self-help only works in community. She’s the co-founder & ED of The Dinner Party, a community of 4,000+ (mostly) 20- and 30-somethings working to turn loss from a conversation-stopper to a conversation-starter, in order to transform our most isolating experiences into sources of meaningful connection and forward movement. She is a co-founder of The People’s Supper, which uses shared meals to build trust and connection among people of different identities and perspectives. Since January 20, 2017, The People’s Supper has powered more than 1,400 suppers across the country, with partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Righteous Persons Foundation, USC Center EDGE, the Mayor’s Office in Erie, PA, the Obama Foundation, and more. Our work is born of the popular adage that change moves at the speed of trust, and a simple question: What needs healing here? She is an Ashoka Fellow, and her work has been featured on OnBeing with Krista Tippett, NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, CBS This Morning, New York Times, The Washington Post, and dozens of other publications.
Los Angeles, CA
#5 Muthoni Wambu Kraal is the National Political and Organizing Director of the Democratic National Committee in the USA. Most recently, Muthoni Wambu Kraal served as Vice President of National Outreach and Training at EMILY’s List. She previously served as the organization’s Senior Director for State Engagement and Development. Muthoni Wambu Kraal has been steeped in progressive politics for two decades and has worked for many campaigns – including as Deputy Political Director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in 2007.
Washington DC https://youtu.be/jowEqvBKBIY
#6 Annie Sanchez is an impact and process-obsessed goal strategist and clarity coach on a mission to decrease overwhelm in the lives of people of color.
She has a diverse professional background in nonprofit management, hospitality, event production, project and volunteer management, among many side hustles too numerous to mention. She is also a certified professional fundraiser, virtual coach and small business adviser.
Annie founded Mariposa Strategies in 2018, a strategic planning and coaching firm that helps BIPOC folx take big ideas to the next level. She is also the creator of Clarity Pages, a journal designed to manage the day-to-day while moving goals forward.
Albuquerque, NM https://youtu.be/aSVOQlpDUwI