Speakers and Team bios
Ayako Nagano serves on the Board of Transition Berkeley, and on the steering committees for the Green Leadership Trust, a coalition of green non-profit board members of color promoting equity and inclusion within the environmental movement. Ayako serves on the Social Justice Working Group for Transition US, and was recently appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.
Aleisa Myles has been a dedicated member of Transition Town Media (TTM) since 2010. Aleisa is a clinical psychologist in Philadelphia, PA. She practices psychoanalytic psychotherapy with survivors of childhood and adult trauma, and addresses themes of spirituality, sexuality, and social justice and equity. Aleisa holds a Psy.D. from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, where she now serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor. She presents seminars and workshops on diversity, racism, and psychoanalysis. Aleisa has a lifelong dedication to understanding and bringing transformative change to the typically unrecognized oppression of children and young people, known as childism.
Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, creates art for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human. https://www.patmccabe.net/
Bayo Akomolafe An academic, poet and philosopher, Bayo has dedicated his life to mediating between the spiritual and the scientific. Raised as a Christian in the hyper-religious Nigerian capital of Lagos, he studied Psychology and then while researching for his PhD spent 7 years lecturing at Nigeria's Covenant University. In 2016, he co-founded The Emergence Network, an alliance of people, initiatives and communities using art, research and ritual to reframe some of the world's interlocking social and environmental problems. First and foremost, though, he is a father. In his book ‘These wilds beyond our fences: Letters to my daughter on humanity’s search for home', addressed to his daughter Alethea, Bayo explores some of life’s most pressing questions related to race, culture and belonging through the lens of fatherhood. By exploring the world at its ‘Aleathean edges', he reminds the reader how wondrous, philosophically and spiritually significant everyday occurrences can be — both when you are a small human discovering the world for the first time, and when you are the adult who helps to guide them on their way. www.bayoakomolafe.net
Nicole Wires loves working with the team at Planting Justice as a permaculture designer, designing sustainable, native, and edible landscapes for clients all over the Bay Area. Her service work includes organizing with the White Noise Collective, exploring the intersection of white privilege and gender oppression in the struggle for racial justice, and working to dismantle the prison industrial complex with the #DefundOPD working group of the Anti Police-Terror Project. She also loves to garden, read, dance, climb, hike, play guitar, drum, and explore.
Jul Bystrova: Jul is co-founder of the Inner Resilience Network and Director of the Era of Care project, which works with frontline communities. She has a 25 year history of community activism and a thriving private practice in trauma-informed mind-body healing work. She has served as an Interfaith Minister, an academic in Interdisciplinary research and a boots-on-the-ground activist. She writes about cultural healing, social justice and psycho-spiritual topics. She also serves on the Transition US Collaborative Design Council and is a member of the Social Justice Working Group. In 2018, she received the TUS Social Justice award for her support in raising awareness and diversity in the Transition community.