"We live in a global economic system where more money means more power. It will take all of us, working together, to develop solutions that repair the harm caused by that system and begin to restore both people and the planet."
- Nwamaka Agbo
Braided Wisdom is committed to enhancing the lives of individuals ready to rise from the current policies that are destroying so much of our world. Our organization is determined to explore sustainable opportunities by reinvigorating old paradigms of restorative analysis in our communities in place of the current market analysis. This approach, which begins with essential self-discovery, can lead to a reclamation of cultural integrity and a deeper understanding of land and natural resources as they impact social welfare and development. This is especially concerning at a time where climate crisis is no longer avoidable and survival is threatened.
RESTORATIVE ECONOMY 4-part series
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to racial, gender and healing justice is evident through the dynamic ways they hold space/process with a participatory, experiential, learning-centered, skills-based approach rooted in compassion. Possessing an insatiable desire to explore the complexities of change, resilience and the human condition, Kimi is also an associate trainer at SEEDS and a lead facilitator and curriculum designer at Awaken, in addition to being a coach, mediator and circle keeper.
Born in San Francisco, Kimi currently lives in Oakland, CA/Ohlone Territory. They believe in the power of imagination and can often be found seeking refuge in nature, or in their meditation and Kajukenbo martial arts practices.
February 27, 2022
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A conscientious and passionate activist, Crosby co-created their college campuses first queer organization before helping to open a transitional living home for houseless queer youth in Detroit in 2004. Between 2015 – 2018, Crosby was a core organizer in local Bay Area organizing spaces such as The Last 3 Percent, Black Land and Liberation Initiative, and People’s Education Movement. Crosby is also a graduate of several local programs including Movement Generation’s Justice and Ecology Retreat 2017, Greenpeace Action Camp, Earth Activist Training’s Permaculture Design Program, East Point Peace Academy Kingian Nonviolence Trainings, Generative Somatics School of Embodied Leadership, and East Bay Meditation Center’s Practice in Transformative Action.
Crosby holds a BA from Olivet College with an Independent Major in Economic Development and an MA in Curriculum & Instruction from UNLV.
November 21, 2021
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Konda was one of the co-founders and co-facilitator of The Well-Being In Business Lab - Oakland, a cross-sector initiative guiding prominent business owners, non-profit leaders and government officials to a deeper level of intention within themselves and their businesses.
Ms. Mason, along with her partners actor Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie, owned the first home delivery service of organic food in the Los Angeles area and were the first to negotiate an organic food section in a major grocery store in 1997. In her work toward rebuilding a healthy planet, for many years Konda led eco-tourism trips to the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador in order to wake people up to become active stewards of this vital earth ecosystem.
In addition to her business pursuits, Konda is a Mindfulness Meditation teacher. She teachers classes, retreats and daylongs. She is empowered to teach in the lineage of Buddha-Dharma and Vipassana meditation through Spirt Rock Meditation Center. Her longtime mentors are Jack Kornfield and Larry Yang. Konda served on the Board of Directors of East Bay Meditation Center and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Her love for the dharma informs her life.
Konda is an accomplished filmmaker and artists manager and the recipient of an Academy Award nomination and a Grammy Award winner. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate and is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher. She sits on the Board of Directors of Krista Tippett’s On Being, the Historic Clayborn Temple, Lions Roar Magazine and Paul Hawken's Regeneration. She is also a Trustee on the Board of Mills College in Oakland, CA.
Brown Rice Hour Podcast
Melissa "Crosby" (Gender pronouns: They/Them) is a student of life who centers and uplifts the importance of deepening relationships to self, community, ancestors, nature, and spirit as we shatter toxic myths of separation and remember our way forward together.
Crosby has served on the boards of the National Peace Academy and as board Co-Chair at East Bay Meditation Center in downtown Oakland. Crosby received certification as a secular Mindfulness Facilitator in 2019 from UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center after having been a school teacher for ten years, having primarily taught Life Science in San Francisco.
Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist and spiritual teacher. She is the President of Jubilee Justice, Inc a nonprofit working to bring economic equity to BIPOC farmers and ecological sustainability by introducing an innovative way of growing rice, while convening deeply transformational journeys exploring the intersection of Land, Race, Money & Spirit. She is the Co-Founder and founding CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, and the Strategic Director of RUNWAY, a financial activist organization dedicated to closing the racial wealth gap for African American entrepreneurs. Additionally, Konda is the co-founder of the annual COCAP conference in Oakland, focused on “Building the We Economy” and a Just Transition.
Kimi Mojica (they/she) works at the nexus of conflict literacy, peacemaking, leadership and organizational development grounded firmly in an equity lens that recognizes how power, structure and systems impact connection, relationships and quality of life. In addition to philanthropy, their career and background spans across sectors having worked in higher education, tech, corporate, as well as community based formations. Prior to Justice Funders, Kimi has worked as the Membership Services Manager at Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and has served as Board Chair of East Bay Meditation Center and the Astrea Foundation. Kimi’s commitment