We're thrilled to welcome our presenters, co-facilitators, mentors to the Kindred Fellowship Program for 2021. Please take a moment to get to know their work and the unique contributions they will be bringing to this summer's experience!
Darcia Narvaez is a Professor of Psychology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame. Her prior careers include professional musician, classroom music teacher, business owner, seminarian and middle school Spanish teacher. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture, wellbeing and sociomoral character in children and adults. She integrates neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her theories and research about human nature and human development. She publishes extensively on moral development, parenting and education. Recently she has been studying the Evolved Nest and how it influences wellbeing, sociality and morality.
Narvaez’s book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, was chosen for the 2017 Expanded Reason Award from among more than 360 total entries from 170 universities and 30 countries. Narvaez received the prize, including a substantial monetary award, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City on September 27, 2017.
The book also received the William James Award from the American Psychological Association in 2015.
In 2020, she was ranked as a top scientist in the Standardized Citation Metrics Author Data-Base Annotated for Scientific Field, listed as 112,142 out of eight million scientists across all fields internationally.
Read the introduction and the first chapter for Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality on the Evolved Nest's website here.
Narvaez is a contributing editor to Kindred, a nonprofit sister-initiative of The Evolved Nest, and will serve as Kindred World’s president from 2021-2024.
Robin Grille is a father, psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated in Australia and around the world. Robin's internationally acclaimed first book 'Parenting for a Peaceful World' has been translated into Chinese.
His second book, Heart to Heart Parenting, is available in an updated USA edition, as well as in German and Korean. HIs newest book is Inner Child Journeys: How our children grow us up.
Robin's experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. Drawing from 28 years' clinical experience and from leading-edge neuropsychological research, Robin's seminars and courses focus on healthy emotional development for children as well as parents while building supportive, co-operative parenting communities.
Having delivered his popular workshops around Australia, in USA, UK, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, Robin's work is animated by his belief that humanity's future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children.
Read Robin Grille on Kindred Media.
To find out more about Robin Grille's work, his books, articles and seminars visit: www.robingrille.com
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Teresa Graham Brett, J.D., is a Kindred contributing editor and a board of director member of Kindred World. She is the founder of the Kindred Parent Liberation Alliance and Project and the author of Parenting for Social Change. Teresa co-sponsored the Tucson, Arizona workshop for Kindred's Parenting for a Peaceful World USA Tour with Robin Grille in 2013 and presented at the Re-Thinking Everything Conference in 2014. You can read her reflections about the Rethinking Everything Conference here.
Teresa lives her passion for creating social change by combining her work in social justice education with parenting. As a professional, she has spent over 20 years working in and with universities and colleges as an educator, leader, administrator and consultant committed to advancing social change and social justice. After graduating from law school, she decided not to practice law. Instead, she opted to serve the cause of social change and justice through her work at three large public universities across the country. She worked with innovative programs designed to create transformative learning for students, staff and faculty. As a consultant she continues to bring her expertise and passion to clients interested in transformative learning, social change and social justice.
Her own life was transformed after the births of Martel and Greyson, who have challenged her to live the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent. She discovered the ways in which she did not live in congruence with her professional values in her role as a parent. Using her experience in facilitating social justice learning, she began her own learning journey toward creating respectful relationships with the children who share her life. This personal journey and her challenge to others to create broader social change by transforming how we view and treat children is chronicled in her writing, both on her website and in her book, Parenting for Social Change. You can find her at www.ParentingforSocialChange.com, twitter @TGbrett, or friend her on Facebook, Teresa Graham Brett.
Dieudonne Anumbosi Allo from the Eastern Cape in South Africa is the Founder and CEO of the Global Leading Light Initiatives, a registered non-profit organization formed in 2014 on a strong conviction that collective prosperity can be achieved in Africa and globally through coordinated grassroots initiatives aimed at creating nurturing and enabling environments for children and youths. The GLLI’s initiatives directly involve children, adolescents and parents in the effort to disrupt the cycle of poverty and reduce inequalities both in South Africa and Bostwana. A former school teacher, Dieudonne graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences and Social Services at the University of South Africa in 2014 and an Advanced Diploma in Health Care Management from the Yale School of Public Health/Foundation for Professional Development in 2011, among other academic credentials, professional certifications and training programs.
Dr. Stephanie Mines is a psychologist whose unique understanding comes from her academic research as well as her extensive work in the field. Her stories of personal transformation have led many listeners to become deeply committed to the healing journey. Dr. Mines understands shock from every conceivable perspective. She has investigated it as a survivor, a professional, a healthcare provider, and as a trainer of staffs of institutions and agencies. Her blend of Western and Eastern modalities offers the best of both paradigms. She is devoted to ending the lineage of shock and trauma for individuals and the world.
Dr. Mines is the Program Director of the DOM Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing alternative health options for a broad spectrum of populations. As Director, she is responsible for disseminating information to communities in need, especially people suffering from illness that results from shock and trauma, survivors of domestic violence, families and children, and people living with neurodiversity including autism and other sensory integration challenges.
Dr. Mines’previous book, We Are All in Shock: How Overwhelming Experiences Shatter You and What You Can Do About It, (New Page Books, 2003), presents a comprehensive application of the healing system she has developed. Presently, she is working on a net book concerning the impact of war from the perspective of families and children who experience the effects of a returning veteran with PTSD or combat shock. The titles are still in process.
Read Dr. Stephanie Mine's interviews on Kindred.
Pam Leo is a family literacy activist, the founder of the Book Fairy Pantry Project, the author of Connection Parenting and a new poem, and a future children's book, Please Read To Me. Pam has worked with children and families for more than forty years. From her work with teen parents, parents in prison, parents in recovery, and low income parents, she learned that all parents want very much to provide for their own children. She has "never met a parent who didn't want life to be better for their children than it was for them." Her enduring love of children's books, her passion for literacy, and her commitment to empowering parents, are combined in her new role as the founder of a grassroots literacy movement, the Book Fairy Pantry Project, whose mission is "No Child With No Books" - because "Books change children's lives...for good."
☆ Read Pam's work on Kindred Media: KindredMedia.org/author/pam-leo
Listen to the interview, 'Literacy and Bonding with Pam Leo: The Book Fairy Pantry Project', below. For the interview transcript, click here.
The Book Fairy Pantry Project's unique vision meets at risk families where they are by making lovingly curated children's books available in local food pantries. In this interview, Leo shares the BFPP's 10 ways of "solving for pattern" or holistically approaching literacy and bonding.