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Joy From the Inside-Out: Cultivating Personal Joy as the Basis of Social, Economic, and Cultural Transformation

with Chude Jideonwo

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What you'll learn

  • Hear how Chude’s depression became an opportunity for him to connect with deeper joy and learn about the latest research on human flourishing, happiness and belonging.
  • Reflect on the ideal of the beloved community what it would be like if love were the driving force behind government policies relating to things like healthcare
  • Explore the pitfalls of materialism as a source for happiness and understand why people are happier in countries that value social cohesion and belonging

About the speakers

Chude Jideonwo

Chude Jideonwo is the host of #WithChude — a network of media products that enable and strengthen the mind, the heart, and the spirit. He is also co-founder of media group RED, and human flourishing company Joy, Inc. RED has worked on national elections and social movements throughout Africa, and Joy, Inc. has worked with organizations from the Ford Motor Company to the Lagos State Government. Jideonwo has been a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow, and a World Fellow at Yale University. He has been featured in publications like The New York Times and The Financial Times. He has published two books, including Are We The Turning Point Generation? He also teaches at the Pan Atlantic University. Jideonwo’s work centers on storytelling from across disciplines to inspire new, human-centered narratives about politics, markets, faith, identity, and society in Africa.

Rodney McKenzie, MDiv

Rodney McKenzie Jr., MDiv, is the Vice President of Ally Development at the Fetzer Institute, a foundation whose work is focused on building the spiritual foundation for a loving world. Rodney creates transformative relationships with individual donors, donor advisors, and philanthropic institutions through engaged conversations, open dialogue, and internal reflection that result in increased giving to issues of faith and spirituality. Rodney brings twenty years experience as a leader in philanthropy and movement spaces and as a community organizer. As an out person of faith, Rodney’s work calls us all to be in deeper community together and creates spaces for philanthropic leaders to bring together notions of love, faith, and spirituality into their strategic giving so that everyday people have the opportunity to live bold and beautiful lives. Rodney holds a Master of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary. He is from Dallas, TX, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Chude, it’s so good to see you again! I have missed your joyful presence in New Haven and regret not having seen you while you were here recently for the World Fellows reunion.🙋‍♀️
    Love, Norma Pezzini

  • What a beautifully put reminder – it was just what I needed to hear in this moment. Many thanks to both speakers for their words and presence!

  • I will say that Mr Chude was able to arrived at his present status been a learned fellow. That may not be the case with some other peoples in a society that has little or nothing to offer the citizenry, coercing may not yield the desire result it will only keep them quiet just for a while, I think they should be engaged with something they will benefits from.

  • What Chude said resonates deeply. The analogy of “home”, and that source of belonging to something bigger than outselves, is deeply comforting and foundational to a joyful existence.

    Thank you for this, Chude!

  • Thank you both, many shared values and thoughts – I wonder if these videos become available on youtube or with transcripts – so many to see I can’t keep up 🙂 You may be interested in the work of architect Marwa Al-Sabouni, drawing on Islamic architecture for building hope, peace and communities – resonates with importance of connection and warm relationships. I was fortunate to interview her in my podcast http://www.canartsaveus.com or you’ll find her on youtube 🙂

  • This was such a beautiful session. On Chude’s point about the metrics that do not include intangibles like love and warmth, perhaps bell hooks book on All About Love might be interesting. She has said that love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, trust and respect. These can be observed in tangible ways in human relationships. She was a wonderful writer.

  • Deep, meaningful, wise … all what the two speakers said in the debate is profoundly true and useful. I am proud to be connected to this kind of valuable humanity

  • I hope and pray us in the USA will experience a political leader whose center is love sometime in the not-so-distant future. We need it.

  • What a deep, rich, powerful session! I love that Chude identifies joy and love as existing more deeply than any changes in conditions. And, at the same time, that there are many changes we can make in conditions to express and support the reality of joy and love.

  • It is such a great gift for me to get in touch with these ideas of a greater sense of humanity and how everyone can contribute with his own baby steps in order to transform our metric and intelligent driven world. Thank’s for sharing your insights with me and inspiring me to purse my acutal way. It’s soo easy to perform a western live and miss (on the run) the keys to a flourishing human live and society.

    Let’s go and change how we interact with ourselves and each other. It’s my pleasure to be here with you and contribute to the movment of warm relationships.

    We are all in this together 🙂

  • An extraordinarily beautiful, powerful conversation! I am grateful to be introduced to Chude Jideonwo and Rodney McKensie. Thank you for sharing so much insight and inspiration.

  • Thank you Chude and Rodney for this inspiring talk! I almost missed it, and I’m so glad that I didn’t. I felt your authenticity and joy throughout the talk even while talking about difficult things which is inspiring in and of itself. I feel like I have real action steps for making my life better and hopefully all the lives that I come in contact with. I also feel uplifted to continue working toward a better world. It’s so easy to get lost in the tribalism and anger that seems like it is everywhere, but your work has energized me to keep hoping we can change. Many blessings and much love to you both and keep up the good work!

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