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Jamaica Stevens

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Awakening Together

Hello everyone, welcome, I’m your host Sheri Herndon and we’re here again for another inspiring conversation. I recorded this dialogue about two months ago to the day and for a variety of reasons it’s just now getting out. And it’s perfect because some of the themes we’ve been seeing over the past 6 episodes there’s a weaving here and we’re seeing these themes being amplified again organically in this conversation. I want to invite you into a kind of mini moment of sense-making, because when we are paying attention to the continuity of a conversation, like this podcast, this isn’t just a set of discrete conversations, they are telling a story, they are laying down a new pathway, we can begin to see emerging patterns, and discover that we’re learning and unlearning as we’re in the process of deeply listening. Go to www.awakeningtogether.one for more links and show notes!

1hr 18mins

23 Apr 2022

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Interview with Jamaica Stevens - Re-inhabiting the Village: CoCreating our Future

Future Now Radio

JAMAICA STEVENS is Author and Curator of the multi-media project “ReInhabiting the Village: CoCreating our Future” As an Organizational Design Consultant and Steward with VillageLab she works with regenerative frameworks, whole systems principles and transformative experiences to empower people, projects, organizations, and communities to THRIVE! Jamaica is also an experienced event producer, workshop leader, group facilitator, educational program designer, community organizer, project manager and storyteller. Along with her role as Operations Manager for the Communitas.Zone platform, she is the Community Platform Director for TeraTree and Thrive.Earth. On Jamaica’s bio it says > “Passionate about life-long learning, earth stewardship, collective evolution and Regenerative cultures, in service to catalyzing the inherent intelligence of individuals and collectives to cultivate and advance cooperative engagement in service to planetary flourishing.” Please join in with this delightful talk where we explore our current status on Earth and the incredible potential we have, and are already massively building on, to thrive together. There is a Movement of Movements birthing bringing us past sustainability towards regenerative models. Storytelling is an important part of this process. Your Hosts: Ananda Reeves & Robert Schram Sound-production: Robert Schram Thank you for listening :-) https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamaica-stevens-9b727233/ http://reinhabitingthevillage.com/


5 Nov 2020

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61 - Jamaica Stevens (On Crisis, Rebirth, Transformation)


This week’s guest is the inspirational badass Jamaica Stevens, key organizer for the Reinhabiting the Village project and Lucid University, and this show’s first pregnant guest (at the time of recording). We dive immediately into the deep end of our half-finished collective birthing process and how to navigate the difficult transition we’re all going through… http://www.jamaicastevens.com/ http://reinhabitingthevillage.com/jamaica-stevens/https://www.facebook.com/LucidUniversity/ We Discuss: • The collective ass-kicking and humbling and veil-lifting that’s upon us• Can America break up with itself and stay friends?• What is “the global village” in an age as splintered as ours?• Cooperative leadership and transcending the hero’s journey with its emphasis on individual growth and development• How to let go of a dream or vision when it’s time to let it die• How to process the grief of our ancestors, of our alienation and loss of place and undigested trauma• Grief as a teacher and a healer• Being born and reborn, again and again and again• How initiation needs both witness and community• Why we need elders for our rites of passage• How to get out of anthopocentric thinking about wisdom and connect to the vast majority of wisdom in the non-human world - looking to nature and asking it to teach us• Getting out of the mental attitude that we will understand the paradox…and BECOMING the paradox• The Epoch of the Steward and The Epoch of the Sage• Become what you already are Quotes: “Birth is not pretty. It’s not rainbows and unicorns. It’s ecstatic and one of the most profound experiences, but it’s also right there at the edge of life and death…there’s something so primal and cosmic at the same time about it, it will transform you.” “Only when we start embracing the responsibility of self and true accountability, to get into the shadow of our own beauty and tragedy and really get into our woundedness and limitation, and get into our healing on a personal level, and then start to work that on an interpersonal and community level, and learn better skills and tools for navigating conflict instead of avoiding conflict…” “Stop, drop, and roll, people. Put the fire out. Bring a little water. Go slow. Breathe deep. Own your shit. See another and find the connection of this incredible humanity that we all share.” “They’re going to look at me and say, ‘When the world was burning, what did you do? Did you keep planting trees? Did you learn to wield well your resources? Did you give up on us? Did you give up on your future and the potential for other generations to learn from the tragedies that we’ve created as humanity? Did you wizen up and face that so you don’t keep handing trauma down to the next generation? Did you become conscious?” “We ARE vulnerable. Interdependence is non-negotiable. And actually, your heart is liberated when you finally surrender to feeling.” “Our resistance actually creates more trauma than our learning to surrender.” “If we humble ourselves we might be able to soften and become pliable enough to find our way through this pressure point. You can’t stop it…how do you embrace it? How do you get on board with this rite of passage that we’re having and leverage it to make the most mighty moves you can?” “There’s no such thing as a brand new fresh beginning that isn’t in context or related to that which has been – and yet, we cannot go into uncharted territory trying to use a map from that which we’ve already mapped, thinking that that’s somehow going to guide us into something we’ve never experienced before.” “Looking only to the past will not get us into our future, but if we avoid looking to the past, our future will be riddled with the same mistakes.” “Would you plant trees that you’ll never eat the fruit of?” Get bonus content on PatreonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/futurefossils. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 22mins

26 Feb 2018

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Community Building: How To Build A More Cooperative Culture – Interview with Jamaica Stevens

Conscious Community Podcast

Interview by Janae Jean & Spencer Schluter – This episode we spoke with Jamaica Stevens, workshop leader, event producer, group facilitator, community organizer, organizational development consultant, project manager and life coach. Her experience ranges from event production of large festivals, such as Envision and Lucidity to her latest project, “ReInhabiting the Village: CoCreating Our Future.” The “ReInhabiting the Village: CoCreating Our Future” project features a 352-page book with over 60 contributing authors and the work of 12 visionary artists, the companion workbook with interactive exercises and practical applications, the eBook and the website, ReInhabitingTheVillage.com. The project explores village mindset through 12 themes. The project is hosting an online course as well, beginning in January 2018. –J.J. Jamaica Stevens Spencer: What is the purpose of your project? Are you trying to create a dialog about these things; or do you have a specific community that you are building? Jamaica: For me, the project has been partly about creating a cultural narrative and a dialog that includes “Voices of the Village.” What does that mean to people to live with “The Village Ethos?” Not only the cultural dialog, but also the project’s aim is to support the tools and best practices necessary to build a more cooperative culture. A lot of times people will say, “Great! I’m on board! I feel this growing sense of wanting to be more interdependent, more thoughtful of my participation of what’s happening on the planet and more engaged in my community. How do I go about doing that? How do I work with other people? How do I start projects that have the best foundation built on these frameworks and these principles?” So we also have the workbook and with that a series of classes and courses that we do to help guide people into the conversation and from the conversation into action based on the values. Janae: I’m curious how did you get the association with Keyframe Entertainment. Was this your project and you brought it to them? JS: My friend, Julian… we’ve been in the festival world for a long time. I did a lot of event production for a very long time. When I met Julian I said, “I feel that I have something here. I feel that I have this story to share that’s creating a space for the stories of many to be shared.” SS: Art and music isn’t just entertainment, it’s also where a lot of these concepts are played out. It is an ongoing dialog, and I think that is one of the roles that the arts play in civilization. Where have we been? Where are we going? What’s next? Art has always been part of that visionary process. JS: As humanity we’ve been convening for a very long time; we’ve been gathering for eons. A very intrinsic part of our human connection is to gather, to convene, to celebrate, to share ideas, to come to the public piazza and trade wares and trade cultural understanding. I believe that the arts and music, and even festival scene, has been a way for modern humans to come together and to create a sense of community with the purpose being dance, expression, art and movement. What’s grown from that, I’ve seen from my years in event production, is that we have also been creating temporary villages. We’ve been prototyping. … It’s not just about coming together to celebrate, convene and share art. It’s about then taking what you’ve been inspired by, what you’ve learned, what you’ve grown into and bringing it out into the world so that it serves everybody, not just a certain sub-sect of culture or community. Everybody can benefit. So I’ve very much seen the village as a growing ethos, and we practice it when we come together. JJ: It almost feels like we’re going back to early man. The idea of the village … the idea that you have the healer, the artist, the elder … all of these different roles in society and they all serve their purpose… and we’re starting to come back to that. I feel like that’s what you’re trying to do with your project; show how everyone’s role plays on everyone else’s role, and we can truly just work together instead of against each other. JS: Absolutely, there’s some core ethos that we’ve been playing with in the project and promoting as being these underlying factors. … How are we in good relationships with each other and with the living world around us? How we make a positive impact in the place that we live? How do we start shifting the economy to more sense of local place and promotion of local economy? We have this distributed global economy and what you find is that we now have become dependent on things that perpetuate this system that degrades our ecology. How do we become more supportive of a living economy that focuses on “upliftment” of place and people being able to live their lives and take care of their family? All of that comes from a sense that we have to shift into a more regenerative perspective. Certainly intergenerational value, access to good education, celebration of cultural diversity and difference, really looking at social justice issues, these are all values and codes that were intrinsic when you were in a village. Based on survival, groups of people came together to say we have to work together. We’re stronger together. We each have different passions, purpose or skills … more of an artisan culture … where we teach our children and we learn from our elders and we continue that vitality of life and we think about our impact on the ones who are still coming. These original values were part of the village culture. Almost by default you had to do that to survive. When we begin to grow in our comfort and had more access to trade with other places, I think we started to grow in ways that are amazing. Humanity is so diverse, and we’ve done so much in that time. Yet at the same time, it’s like we’ve gotten too big, almost too fast, that it’s not a sustainable way to grow and it’s not a regenerative way to grow. Now we have great advancement of certain people with a lot of people still in a great deal of poverty and suffering, so there’s an imbalance there. … I think that what’s trying to happen is the restoration of that balance. I believe strongly in coming back to village-based principles; we are interdependent. We very much rely on each other, and it is a matter of survival. It isn’t just comfort. We have to have stronger, more resilient communities to make it through these times. … We have to start with what we can do, and that’s more local engagement. You can make strong, local, thriving places that then the premise is by connecting with those other places that are also doing that work of resilience we can build a network of resilient hubs that are prototyping different ways to live, better community ethic, and better economic and ecological practices. However we have to start doing that in mass numbers; we have to have a lot of people starting to participate in living a more village ethos based way for that transformation to happen on the scale it needs to, as rapidly as it needs to, to make that kind of change.\ Janae Jean serves as editor, social media manager and podcaster for Conscious Community Magazine. She has an M.M. in computer music composition from Johns Hopkins University and is actively researching using electronically generated sounds for healing. See janaejean.com and perennialmusicandarts.com for details about Janae’s upcoming classes, lesson information, workshops, shows and projects. Spencer Schluter is the advertising account manager, social media manager and podcaster for Conscious Community Magazine. His experience includes visual communications, advertising, social media, marketing, public relations and business development. Visit yggstudios.com for more information about his freelance design and consulting work. He is also a master level Reiki and traditional Chinese Qigong practitioner. Podcast Theme Music: Sublimation (Theme from the Conscious Community Podcast) Janae Jean Almen and Spencer Schluter, composers SpindriftGreenMusic Publishing ©2017 SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

1hr 11mins

16 Nov 2017

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ReInhabiting the Village: Co-Creating our Future, with Jamaica Stevens

Dr. Kelly Neff

What is the Culture of the Modern Village and how are we co-creating a Global Village? As we become increasingly aware of our interconnection on this one shared home called Earth, there is a compelling call to find our common threads and become the stewards for our collective future. By sharing practices that include Thinking Global, Acting Local principals, regional resilience, appropriate technology, regenerative practices, inter-cultural cooperation, holistic health, living economy and more, the call is to empower engagement and participation in direct action at personal, interpersonal, and local community levels while considering our place in the greater web of life. Jamaica Stevens is the author and project manager for ReInhabiting the Village: CoCreating our Future . As a core organizational design consultant with VillageLab, Jamaica works with whole systems theories empowering people, projects and organizations to THRIVE! She is also an experienced event producer, workshop leader, group facilitator, program developer, community organizer, project manager, writer and life coach. She is the program manager for the Lucid University, and coordinator for the Lucid University Courseweek, co-founder of Protectors Alliance, creator of Tribal Convergence Gatherings, executive producer of Awaken Visionary Leadership Summit, co-founder of Tribal Convergence Network, and has 8 year of experience as a consultant and Producer with Lucidity and other festivals. With a focus on urban and rural community Village projects, Jamaica is devoted to revealing the genius of each human and sharing collective intelligence to co-create solutions that benefit all.

30 Nov 2016

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Positive Head Podcast 19-Jamaica Stevens

The Positive Head Podcast

Jamaica Stevens is co-founder of the Tribal Convergence Network and author of the recently published book, Reinhabiting the Village. In this episode, Jamaica and Brandon discuss the growing momentum and exciting developments surrounding projects that share an underlying objective to help get mankind back in touch with our roots by exploring the creation of eco-villages that focus on sustainability and spiritual connection.

1hr 36mins

15 Sep 2015

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PSR_46 - Awakening Our Potential w Jamaica Stevens

Paradigm Shift Radio

www.fb.com/ParadigmShiftRadio www.ParadigmShiftCentral.comFull Show Notes in YouTube version of this episode. Like and Share- Previous Eps >Click Here<DONATEPSR on iTunes Host - Skull BabylonJourney to Lucidity__AwakenTheFuture.com TribalConvergence.comJamaica Stevens  Each week on PSR we will bring you topics, news and updates from the various Paradigm Shift communities across the globe plus an infinite amount of discussion for the purpose of collective education and inspiration. Join the Live Chat and Call In!Paradigm Shift Central is a growing collective of youth initiated communities that encourage and support open-mindedness, healthy living, and the evolution of consciousness.

1hr 58mins

12 May 2013