The Pont Podcast
Yearning to breathe free speech by Edafe Okporo - 23

Yearning to breathe free speech by Edafe Okporo - 23

May 20, 2019

The New York Public Library host the public forum, I was invited to present a keynote during the immigrant heritage month on the topic Yearning to breathe free, listen to the speech and music by Ani Cordero. I spoke about how polarized we have become as a result of divisive politics.

 

To learn more about this concept and how to help visit https://www.edafeokporo.com/book

 

Music as written by Ani Cordero “Voy Caminando" and "Corrupcion" from my most recent album, Querido Mundo. The third song is the John Lennon song, imagine cover by Ani Cordero.

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com

 

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#ILOVEGAY a conversation with Matt Skallerud from Pink Banana Media - 22

#ILOVEGAY a conversation with Matt Skallerud from Pink Banana Media - 22

May 13, 2019

In this episode we discussed about the importance of technology and social media in accelerating the message of acceptance, the role #Ilovegay have played in LGBTQ travel and tourism space.

Matt Skallerud, president of Pink Banana Media, specializes in LGBTQ online marketing, targeting gays & lesbians via content marketing, social media, programmatic ad banners, mobile smartphone apps and more. He also specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), key word / search advertising (PPC) and social media analytics. He's been in the LGBTQ online industry for over 20 years now. To contact Matt http://www.pinkbananamedia.com

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com

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Exploring ways to act as bridges in our society with Leah cover from Ruth Refuge - 21

Exploring ways to act as bridges in our society with Leah cover from Ruth Refuge - 21

May 6, 2019

Leah Cover is a leading member of the CBE refugee task force in Brooklyn, a colation of synagogues working on behalf of migrants from different part of the world seeking refugee in New York city.

 

We discussed about how she came into doing this work of building bridges for new comers in New York city and also explore the ways in which you can contribute to the overwhelming demand they receive in welcoming new comers. Listen to the conversation to learn more about Ruth Refuge. To contact Leah email leah@ruthsrefuge.org

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com

 

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Feel like you belong with Alan - 20

Feel like you belong with Alan - 20

April 29, 2019

We discussed on the steps you need to take in becoming a bridge, you need to develop curiosity and live humbly to be able to cross a bridge, listen to the conversation I had with Mr Alan.

Alan Headbloom is the Co-Creator and Host of Feel Like You Belong. He has worked, lived, studied, taught, and breathed international and intercultural communication his whole active life. When he isn’t talking to interesting guests on the show, he is talking with them in check-out lines, receptions, and festivals. He wants nothing more than to share his love of language and culture with humans, reduce misunderstanding, and create more harmony in our highly mobile world. Contact Alan http://feellikeyoubelong.com/

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com

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How to develop leadership skills that would make you a bridge personally, professionally and in the capacity of social justice with Toby Tompkins. - 19

How to develop leadership skills that would make you a bridge personally, professionally and in the capacity of social justice with Toby Tompkins. - 19

April 22, 2019

Toby Thompkins appeared on Episode two of the podcast, He is the founder of a mobile leadership development app called SAFIOO link to his website http://www.tobythompkins.com/ Mr. Toby made mention of the importance of training leaders that have an all-round experience . In contrast to the way current leaders are being developed, Mr. Toby believes that these traditional ways of leadership are still relevant but leadership should not be monotonic.

15:50 Mr. Toby explains the difference between helping people and being a bridge, helping people is often self serving, a bridge builder sees an issue that have no direct impact to them at identity level but affect them at humanity level. 

20:00 Mr. Toby discuss polarity in our society, the rise of polarized leaders and polarized leadership, why two polar ends exist, both polar ends coexist so we can value what exist in between.

To understand more of Mr. Toby work please visit http://www.safioo.com/ Resources on modern day leadership and how to develop yourself as an individual and organizations.

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com

 

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Connection of human stories and how our actions impact others positively - 18

Connection of human stories and how our actions impact others positively - 18

April 15, 2019

Ilana Wallace, is a Jewish classical Oprah singer, who found out there were people who were detained in a detention centers in New Jersey, she organized a group of Jewish people to visit the detention centers. She said my people have been refugees for some while and our survival was dependent on the strangers in the places we visited, so my action to visit was in response to how to act. The organizations she joined in visiting is https://firstfriendsnjny.org/

 

The Bonding that exist when we connect with others, the importance of connecting our stories and how we learn from listening to others stories, sharing our mutual connection and love. She spoke about the Yazidis people of Iraq and the genocide how it relates to her re-connection to the Jewish Genocide.

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com

 

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The selfless act of serving others with your talent with Professor Helen Benedict - 017

The selfless act of serving others with your talent with Professor Helen Benedict - 017

April 8, 2019

Helen Benedict is a professor at Columbia University, she is a journalist for over forty (40) years focus on social injustice, she is the author of seven novels, five books of fiction and a play. She can be found on https://www.helenbenedict.com/

We discussed on her work as a journalist and how she has used journalism as a bridge to tell the stories of people experiencing injustice, she talks about her motivation and most importantly the fulfillment of being a bridge.

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com

 

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Importance of building positive relationships - 016

Importance of building positive relationships - 016

April 1, 2019
  • Your happiness is related to your relationship, 85% of your happiness is related to your associations, it is very important to choose wisely, this podcast episode we discuss the importance of auditing our relationship.

 

Relationships are key to success choose wisely, learn to pick friendship that align to your career and life goals.

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com/

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A conversation with the Founder and Curator of ANASTYBOY Richard Akuson on Homophobia - 015

A conversation with the Founder and Curator of ANASTYBOY Richard Akuson on Homophobia - 015

March 11, 2019

Richard Akuson, Esq. is a born Nigerian trained attorney now seeking refuge in America, in February 2017 partially inspired by his undergraduate thesis titled ‘Human Rights and The Anti-Gay Laws of The Federal Republic of Nigeria’ and his personal lived experiences growing up gay in Nigeria Richard founded A Nasty Boy an online publication that sprung up media spotlight on queerness and masculinity which led to the attack on his life.

 

Richard had to flee and now lives in The United States of America seeking Refugee, he had opportunity to discuss with me about his take on homophobia and the importance of having role models in our communities. To get in touch with richard please visit or learn more about his work please visit https://richardakuson.com/a-nasty-boy/

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com

 

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Safer use of Grindr App a conversation with Jack Harrison - 014

Safer use of Grindr App a conversation with Jack Harrison - 014

February 13, 2019

Jack Harrison-Quintana, M.A., is a Queer Latino activist, author, and researcher currently serving as the Director of Grindr for Equality. Grindr for Equality is a program to promote LGBTQ health and human rights by the world's largest queer dating app. Jack explained the four strategies of his work:

  1. Messaging, connecting Grindr users with local LGBTQ organizations and information

  2. Research, raising the voices of the community of users by engaging them in participatory research

  3. App architecture, bringing social justice into the product itself, including in the areas of health, trans-inclusion, and safety

  4. Funding, providing small grants to LGBTQ organizations working on the ground around the world

We discussed key projects under Jack's leadership such as Kindr Grindr, the language access program, and sexual health reminders on the Grindr app.

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com/

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Be a Bridge by Edafe Okporo -013

Be a Bridge by Edafe Okporo -013

January 28, 2019

Edafe Okporo Guest Speaker at the first Jersey City Immigration Symposium hosted by the city division of immigrant affairs.

Edafe Okporo speaks about his experience as an asylum seeker and what lead him to fighting for immigrants rights. He urge all citizens and community leaders to be a bridge for others to climb upon.

 

More Information please visit:

https://www.edafeokporo.com/

Choices you make are very formative with Floyd - 012

Choices you make are very formative with Floyd - 012

January 7, 2019

People from all ages learn from knowledge reflected upon, getting access to knowledge is easy to do but that is not where wisdom is born,  the hardest thing to get is understanding because understanding is reflecting on experiences.

The use of mobile devices in the modern day world and how it affects activism. Reflecting on how the use of mobile devices and the challenges that comes with running a physical space competing against Netflix for 12 dollars a month to get someone of their couch.

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website www.edafeokporo.com

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Making Gay History Podcast Host Eric Marcus in a conversation with Edafe Okporo - 011

Making Gay History Podcast Host Eric Marcus in a conversation with Edafe Okporo - 011

January 1, 2019

Eric Marcus is an American Non fiction writer. His works are primarily of LGBTQ interest. The #1 New York Times best-selling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. In addition, Eric has written articles and columns for the New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, and Newsweek. The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945–1990, which won the Stonewall Book Award. Other topics he's addressed in his writing include suicide and pessimistic humor.

 

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. Visit my website https://www.edafeokporo.com/

 

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Uncommon sense in Unusual times with Csaba Toth - 10

Uncommon sense in Unusual times with Csaba Toth - 10

December 24, 2018

Csaba Toth 

What do you do for a living? The very short answer is that I teach uncommon sense in unusual times. The longer version is that I help companies keep their best people and attract new talent through Intelligent Global Leadership, so they can lead them in a way that they feel valued, understood and able to turn their differences into synergy instead of painful liability.

60-80% of all problems in a company are due to strained relationships between employees...the top 3 reasons are clash of personalities, clash of values and poor leadership. We address all 3 of them at the same time as they stem from the same source...the lack of understanding why people think and behave differently and how to turn those differences into synergy instead of painful liability.

 We address this issue on 2 levels:

  • Individual as most people use 10% of their personality and the other 90% is waiting to be unlocked.
  • Group level, as smart people rarely excel as a team. Companies hope to create synergy by combining their skills, in reality, 79% of their potential gets lost due to interaction gap...that is not great for business.

We have 21st century solutions to dramatically improve both levels by expanding their comfort zone and enhancing their behavioural flexibility.

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. www.edafeokporo.com

 

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Beyond Representation of LGBTQ and people of color by media a conversation with Samuel Nemir Olivares Bonilla - 09

Beyond Representation of LGBTQ and people of color by media a conversation with Samuel Nemir Olivares Bonilla - 09

December 18, 2018

The Mainstream news media have no latino or black reporter, the narratives of immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ people have been reported dominated by white reporters, who lack cultural competency.

 

Online conversation have a real impact on law makers, social media is an effective way of demanding change in legislation from lawmakers, social media have allowed people in their home and voice to take a stand. Social media is a wonderful tool for political change example is the black lives matter movement and me too movement resulted from online conversation. Social media allow safe participation, anonymity this have resulted in responsive social movement.

We have a Twitter president, but were also glad for the amount of online activist we have that counter this informations, the president pass a legislation on muslim ban but social media allow people to rally up and gather to protest

Podcast Host Edafe Okporo, Author of BED 26, Memoir of an African Man’s Asylum in the United States. www.edafeokporo.com

 

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