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"How We Show Up" Book Talk with Mia Birdsong
After almost every presentation activist and writer Mia Birdsong gives to executives, think tanks, and policy makers, one of those leaders quietly confesses how much they long for the profound community she describes. They have family, friends, and colleagues, yet they still feel like they’re standing alone. It seems counterintuitive that living the “good life” can make us feel isolated and unhappy. But in a divided America, we’ve forgotten the key element that helped us make progress in the first place: community. In her new book, Mia Birdsong shows that what separates us isn’t only the ever-present injustices built around race, class, gender, values, and beliefs, but also our denial of our interdependence and need for belonging. Showing up–literally and figuratively–points us toward the promise of our collective vitality.

Register now to join Aspen Ideas: Health on Tuesday, July 28 at 1pm ET to hear Mia Birdsong discuss her new book.

Jul 28, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Mia Birdsong
​Author, "How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community"
Mia is a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who steadily engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life. In her book “How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community,” Mia charts swaths of community life and points us toward the promise of our collective vitality. In her podcast “More Than Enough,” she expands the current guaranteed income movement by tapping into the voices and visions of low-income people. Her public conversations, like the New America series centering Black women as agents of change and her 2015 TED talk “The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn’t True,” draw attention to the stories of people who are finding their way into leadership roles despite myriad barriers, while also highlighting the vibrant terrain of all marginalized people who are leading on the ground. Mia is a Senior Fellow of the Economic Security Project and was an Aspen Ascend Fellow and a New American California Fellow.