The Next Normal: An Interview with Kemi Ilesanmi

The Next Normal: Kemi Ilsanmi

In this thought-provoking episode, Brooke engages in a deep conversation with Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of The Laundromat Project in Brooklyn. Kemi shares her experiences and insights on the transformative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on equity, community, and leadership. The episode delves into the collapse of traditional boundaries, the evolution of societal conversations, and the shaping of a ‘next normal’ that prioritizes equity and community engagement. Kemi’s perspective on leadership, coupled with her work at The Laundromat Project, offers valuable lessons on navigating change and fostering inclusivity. Tune in to explore how to ideate, dream, and shift hierarchies for societal progress.

What Listeners Will Learn:

  1. Visioning the Next Normal: Kemi’s approach to shaping post-pandemic realities and opportunities.
  2. Collapsing Boundaries: How the pandemic has eliminated spatial and temporal barriers, enhancing global conversations.
  3. Shifting Hierarchies: Understanding the role of young voices and the community in leading the conversation on equity.

Key Takeaways:

  • The role of nonprofits in facilitating societal change and prioritizing purpose.
  • The unique opportunity presented by the pandemic to engage in critical conversations without traditional constraints.
  • The significance of clear vision and intention setting in times of uncertainty.
  • The role of young people and community voices in challenging and reshaping hierarchies.
  • The importance of adaptability and relevance for organizations in the evolving socio-political landscape.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Understanding the Changing Landscape: Recognize how the pandemic has altered traditional norms.
  2. Engaging in Conversations: Create spaces for discussing equity and community development.
  3. Setting Intentions: Develop clear objectives to guide organizational direction.
  4. Embracing New Voices: Incorporate diverse perspectives, especially from younger generations.
  5. Adapting to Relevance: Shift organizational strategies to stay relevant in a changing world.

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