Episode 77: Kerri Kelly

On a new definition of politics, and caring for ourselves through this.

  • Sustainability vs growth [3:26]
  • Bridging personal transformation and politics [5:22]
  • The origins of CTZNWELL [9:31]
  • White supremacy and the wellness community [12:20]
  • Reckoning. Staying curious. Expanding your practice to include staying informed [14:15]
  • Questions to ask about the governance of wellness [20:45]
  • Considering wellbeing on a national level [22:48]
  • Holding uncertainty [25:05]
  • Building communities that include political literacy, action and care [26:17]
  • Why healing is political [29:30]

Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement to mobilize the wellbeing community into a powerful force for change. Her work was sparked on 9-11, when she lost her step-dad, a fireman, in the towers. She quickly discovered the power of yoga and mindfulness, not just as a tool for personal healing, but as a catalyst for collective change. Since then, Kerri has worked passionately to organize communities around the fight for justice and wellbeing.

A yoga teacher, public speaker and change-agent – Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers. Her leadership has inspired a movement to democratize wellbeing that is actively organizing around issues of economic and racial justice, universal healthcare, civic engagement and more.

You can find Kerri on CTZN Podcast, a courageous conversation that is reimagining a citizenship where everyone belongs. And check out her TED talks for more about her story.


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