How can we start to have conversations that make us uncomfortable? Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, spiritual teacher, Grammy Award winner, and earth & social justice activist. She is the president of the non-profit Jubilee Justice, which explores the intersection between land, race, money, and spirit. In our special episode today, we explore how the kindness of one person can change your life forever, the false dichotomy of “holding we” and “holding me,” white supremacy, and how to begin an anti-racism conversation.
Editor’s note: Peter’s audio in the first half of this conversation is a little rough due to construction noises outside, but Konda’s audio is fine. This issue clears up in the second half. Thank you for listening.
Bio: Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist and spiritual teacher. She is the President of Jubilee Justice, Inc a nonprofit working to bring economic equity to BIPOC farmers and ecological sustainability by introducing an innovative way of growing rice, while convening deeply transformational journeys exploring the intersection of Land, Race, Money & Spirit. She is the Co-Founder and founding CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, and the Strategic Director of RUNWAY, a financial activist organization dedicated to closing the racial wealth gap for African American entrepreneurs. Additionally, Konda is the co-founder of the annual COCAP conference in Oakland, focused on “Building the We Economy” and a Just Transition.
Konda was one of the co-founders and co-facilitator of The Well-Being In Business Lab – Oakland, a cross-sector initiative guiding prominent business owners, non-profit leaders and government officials to a deeper level of intention within themselves and their businesses.
Ms. Mason, along with her partners actor Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie, owned the first home delivery service of organic food in the Los Angeles area and were the first to negotiate an organic food section in a major grocery store in 1997. In her work toward rebuilding a healthy planet, for many years Konda led eco-tourism trips to the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador in order to wake people up to become active stewards of this vital earth ecosystem.
In addition to her business pursuits, Konda is a Mindfulness Meditation teacher. She teachers classes, retreats and daylongs. Konda is an accomplished filmmaker and artists manager and the recipient of an Academy Award nomination and a Grammy Award winner. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate and is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher.
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