Author, speaker, and “walkout” academic, Bayo Akomolafe, PhD, is globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional, counterintuitive take on global crisis, civic action, and social change. He is the Executive Director and Initiating/Coordinating Curator for The Emergence Network (emergencenetwork.org), and host of the online course We Will Dance With Mountains. (Highly recommended!)
A lecturer of clinical psychology at Covenant University, Nigeria, and ethnopsychotherapeutic researcher, Bayo hopes to inspire a diffractive network of sharing – a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a “politics of surprise” … one that does not treat the crises of our times as exterior to “us” or the “solutions” that conventional activism offers as separate from the problems that we seek to nullify. Bayo is also Special Envoy of the International Alliance for Localization, and is working to amplify local and critics alternative solutions to global crises today.
A frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer, Bayo Akomolafe has taught in Harvard University (USA), Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), Schumacher College (Totnes, England), among other contexts, creating interdisciplinary courses that cut across some of his key interests – indigenous identity, theoretical (Bahrain) physics, and the intersections with feminism and agential realism, gift cultures, critical theory, sympoiesis, psychedelics, and sacred activisms. Bayo frequently writes essays that seek to “compost” the “human” and inspire a new “politics of surprise” that allows us to cultivate new response-abilities with a world that is vibrant and alive. Bayo believes that “the ordinary is what the extraordinary wants to become” and is crafting a decolonized life with his “life-force,” Ej, and their two unschooled children.
Bayo is widely published and cited, and is the author of his first solo book, “These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters to my Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home.”