The KFP pilot project launched in 2021 to wide acclaim and celebration from both college students and thought-leaders. The program introduces a new generation to Kindred World’s quarter century of insights into Creating Sustainable Humans and a Wellness-Informed Society. Fellows work with staff and presenters to explore and refine Kindred Activism, a sustainable strategy for change-making that centers childhood in social justice education while equipping advocates with inner (mindfulness) and external (relational) skills.
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Ever since David served in college on the Pangea World Service Team in Nicaragua his soul has been on fire to figure out how to maximize his impact on social justice. He received his BA in Secondary Education from The University of Michigan with a specialization in facilitating social justice dialogue. He went on to create the first-ever Leadership Dialogues on Diversity course for high school students, which was incorporated into the International Baccalaureate curriculum, and then served with Teach for America in Detroit. David then earned an MS in Human Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a thesis on practical wisdom in parenting dilemmas and a focus on developing social justice educational programs. David created and then led the EcoWell Initiative at UW-Madison, which innovatively furthered the university commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. He then served as a spiritual advisor at the University of Michigan Children's Hospital with a specialization in pediatric oncology and is now serving as the Mindfulness Coordinator for Equity Education's Detroit Leadership Academy. David also is the founder of his own business, Inner Passport, which is a creative social justice education platform. He has over 10 years of experience creating and facilitating creative social justice education initiatives and working with leading child and family activists across the globe.
He is currently working with a wonderful team at Kindred World to create the Kindred Fellowship Program which centers childhood in social justice education and serves as Kindred's social justice editor and treasurer. In his free time, he has traveled to over 30 countries, is in the process of running a marathon on every continent, and enjoys creating and performing musical comedy with his band.
Read David's posts on Kindred Media.
Reshma Grewal is a Writing and Literature student at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and plans to minor in Applied Psychology and English with a specialization in Literature and the Mind. She focuses on realistic fiction and creative nonfiction writing, with common themes of trauma, development and personality. She was the Kindred-in-Spirit Scholar for 2019. She participated in Kindred Media's Men of ROBE Series in 2020. As a Kindred Scholar, Reshma researched Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma. She plans to explore the relationship between mental illness and isolation in the time of the Coronavirus as well as use her creative work to process and share the complexities of our current political climate.
Reshma is a junior board member of Kindred World.
Read her work on Kindred Media.
Lisa Reagan is a veteran social change artist, editor of Kindred Media, and co-founder of Kindred World. She brings to the KFP program over a quarter century of activism wisdom, sustainable change-making, and a commitment to handing off the torch so she can play in her garden more often.
Read Lisa's work on Kindred Media.
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“I am a past Kindred Fellowship student and I cannot say enough about what I learned from Kindred and all of those involved in making this program. Psychology student or not, this non-profit will teach all how to implement kindred activism into you lives, and many other lessons. I hope to continue my involvement with Kindred for years to come and hope to share its teachings with those around me!” – Kendall Lobdell, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“I have found Kindred World to be a highly creative resource for my work in childhood studies and one open to wide ranges of collaborative dialogue.” – John Wall, PhD, Rutgers University, Childism Institute, Give Children the Vote: On Democratizing Democracy
“Kindred World is an incredible organization that provides knowledge on often overlooked and ignored parts of individual, familial, and communal wellness. I've had the pleasure of working under and with some of their fantastic Board Members, and the wisdom we have shared will no doubt stick with me for the rest of my life.” – Reshma Grewal, KFP Founder and Facilitator, Kindred World Junior Board Member, University of California at Santa Barbara
“Lisa and David from Kindred interviewed me earlier this year to learn about childism and its contribution to social transformation. We talked across continents but could see eye to eye on a shared global issue: misopedy and adultism. Moreover, we shared hope in the recognising that that awareness of intergenerational injustice and oppression of children could be a way of overcoming our own limitations as "adults". I research and teach in the areas of pedagogy, sustainability, and interdisciplinary philosophy of education in the European and Norwegian.
“While my students are from various disciplines, it is disheartening to notice that the hardest group to educate about adultism/intergenerational inustice are future teachers. There are multiple factors that contribute to this, but connecting to networks like Kindred makes a big difference because it's delightful to know that the knowledge I have to offer, matters to those who contribute to raising children.”
– Tanu Biswas, PhD, Associate Professor in Pedagogy, University of Stavanger, Norway
"I found Kindred World before I knew what I was looking for. I thought I was on my own in terms philosophy surrounding what the world needs as a way forward. Kindred is a revolutionary movement; one that centers not only childhood into the conversation around activism, but development, in all it’s forms, holistically, and throughout generations as an essential role in healing both ourselves and the world. It is the most transformative thing out there, and I was honored to have had the opportunity to serve as part of their inaugural Fellowship Program. During my time immersed in their philosophical and actionable program, I learned more about myself than I thought I would. In turn, I gained a deeper sense of clarity about where and how we can intervene, individually and collectively, in a way that prevents unnecessary cycles of trauma from repeating themselves, in our own lives, in our family systems and in the world. Thus, no longer just responding to suffering, but transforming it.
"Desmond Tutu said, 'We need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream, and find out why they’re falling in.' And that’s exactly what kindergarten world is doing. And it’s revolutionary. - Jenna Wes, Kindred Fellowship Cohort 2021, Graduate Student, California Institute for Integral Studies
“Kindred is a heart centered non profit that is re-inspiring the collective imagination of what is between and beyond human and global transformation. And, Kindred is now intentionally connecting its decades of wisdom of the science of the family and the idea of "One Family, One World" to Social Justice Education. Kindred brings forth the science and the heart of how social justice begins with childhood and it is creating a new generation of change makers who are inspired by the potential of childhood-centered activism. I am so grateful to be a part of the exploration of the promise of Kindred Activism along with the beloved Kindred Community.” – David Metler, KFP Co-Founder, Kindred World Board Member
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