At times it might seem like our society is more divided than ever before, and while that might be the case, there are still people out there like Bureau Twist’s Sara Huang whose sole aim is to unite where we are divided and make peace where there is conflict.
On this episode of Sidewalk Talk, Traci chats with her good friend and colleague, Sara, on how exactly she does what she does as a facilitator for teams and an advocate for promoting diversity and deep democracy in the most unlikely places. During their conversation, Traci and Sara hit on everything from what deep democracy means to Sara and how to confront your inner Donald Trump to finding that necessary permission to encounter your own inner diversity and remaining your centered self in the midst of adverse circumstances.
The two wrapped up their time together by discussing how not to become the oppressor in a culture that rewards such behavior, and Sara’s wisdom for you, the Sidewalk Talk listener: tuning into the other person and putting yourself in their place. In a time fraught with division, Sara’s voice is one we all need in our lives today.
[01:01] Meet Sara
[08:01] Sara’s take on “deep democracy”
[22:29] Permission to encounter our inner diversity
[30:56] Identities we cling to
[38:10] Not becoming the oppressor
[41:27] How Sara remains in her centered self
[46:21] Sara’s wisdom for you
Standout Quotes from the Episode
“We cannot change what we don’t know. It’s also okay to have compassion for yourself and others when encountered with these blind spots.”
“On our path of embracing, such a big part of that is embracing ourselves.”
“To have that curiosity, to lean into it, and to show the way without dictating the way.”
“Never underestimate the power of naming. Naming it without the urge to fix it.”
“I see you. You have a message. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I’m going to find out.”
“Tune into the other. Imagine that you’re there. Listen to the energy in the voice.”
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