Coordinating Curators

Our hope for new landscapes will not lie in the centre of the circle to which everyone has turned, but beyond its circumference – at the edges.

Our coordinating curators make up the core team of The Emergence Network. We are tricksters of the edges! We are passionate about projects and initiatives that make visible what is occluded, invite new stories about our place in the nonhuman world, and re-describe agency in terms of entanglements. For us, what is urgent is not simply about finding solutions to our crises, but finding new questions to ask about our frameworks for making sense of those crises. We come from around the world, and work with curators (potentially you!) locally to co-enact projects that open up other places of power.


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Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.) is Chief Curator and Executive Director of The Emergence Network. Author, lecturer, speaker, father, and rogue planet saved by the gravitational pull of his wife Ej, Bayo hopes to inspire a diffractive network of sharing within an ethos of new responsivity – a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a ‘politics of surprise’. Born into a Yoruba family, Bayo graduated summa cum laude in psychology in 2006 at Covenant University (Nigeria), and then was invited to take up a lecturing position. Largely nurtured and trained in a world that increasingly fell short of his deepest desires for justice, Bayo conducted doctoral research into Yoruba indigenous healing systems as part of his inner struggle to regain a sense of rootedness to his community. He has been speaking about his experiences around the world since those moments back in 2011. Bayo understands he is on a shared decolonial journey with his family to live a small, intense life. He often refuses to share pictures of himself that do not include his wife, Ej, who is (everyone can assure you) the more interesting part of their entanglement. He is an ecstatic (and often exhausted, but grateful) father to Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden.

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Precipice



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Annie Levin

Annie Levin is an attorney/doula/pollinator living in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of Harvard Law School also trained in mediation, psychology, permaculture design, and women’s physiology & health, she believes that the complex problems facing our world require creative, cross-disciplinary solutions. She brings her varied skills and experiences to projects focused on creating a more just, healthy, and sustainable world.

Currently, Annie serves as a curator for The Emergence Network (TEN), a collective looking to address the question, “What if the way we respond to the crisis is part of the crisis?” As part of her work with TEN she hostsPrecipice, a monthly show on Voice America’s Revolutionary Wellness Talk Radio channel. She is also an apprentice herbalist with Robin Rose Bennett, and a scholar at Stephen Jenkinson’s Orphan Wisdom School.

Previously, Annie was a Staff Attorney at Catholic Charities Community Services in New York, where she represented Unaccompanied Immigrant Children before the Executive Office of Immigration Review. She also served as the Director of Mediation Services at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, where she trained mediators and supervised approximately two thousand mediations annually. She was a Doula in the Teen Parent and Infant Development Services program at Christopher House in Chicago, providing childbirth support and advocacy for teen parents, as well as a Literacy Teacher/Community Organizer in the Public Allies Americorps program. She has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.

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Precipice

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James Redenbaugh

I see design as a way of life, a constant process of re-examining and re-inventing of how we do, see, feel, share, and experience our world together.

Design is a verb, it’s what we do as humans. Design it what we are, naturally designed by time and the generations before us. We are designed to design, to create better ways of being for the generations to come. Design is a process, an evolution.

In 2015 I founded Being Design with my business partner John Cardone. Together we strive to create products that educate, inspire, and liberate experiencers while providing rich, effective, profitable solutions to our clients.


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Nuno Da Silva

In the process of opening myself to be an organ of perception of the world in its process of be-comming, and trust in the process of life and its ongoing entanglements, its getting harder to define the borders of myself in a conventional way.

While experimenting without a job description, I’m a father of twins with my life companion Joana, dealing with the ongoing tensions of living in a world in transition, complex and unpredictable, full of incoherences and paradoxes, a promiscuous world where caos and order, beauty and ugliness are not considered as opposites but different aspects that unfold from a whole.

I’m curious and drived by the search for meaning and playfulness in my intra-action with the world, aspiring to be a midwife for the emergence of seeds of change that can help us reconnect with ourselves, with each other and with our ecosystems, nourishing community relations and renegenerative practices at all levels.

Currently, my playgounds are: decolonizing myself from ingrained ideas and patternsof thinking, facilitating social ecosystems of change, reimagining education, reconfiguring ethical finances initiatives, stimulating collaborative, sharing and gift economies, renewing communities, questioning how to develop a state of “not knowing”, a state of questing or intentional silence that enables us to learn?

Besides the curatorship in the emergence network, i’m coordinating RECIFE – A Collaborative Network of Initiatives for an Eco-systemic Future in the south of Portugal; I’m founding member of ECOS – a local Education, Development and Cooperation cooperative; I’m founding member of FESCOOP – the first ethical finances cooperative in Portugal, I’m member of the trainers pool and international group of the Portuguese Hub of the Transition Network, I’m hosting the Southeast Portuguese branch of the Network of Living Education (Rede Educação Viva), I’m member of the Cultural Evolution Society, I’m member of the Pool of Trainers of the Portuguese Platform of Development NGOs and the Pool of Trainers of the Council of Europe Youth and Sports Directorate.

Between these multiple spaces of co-creation, i juggle permanently with financial sustainability of my family and the time that is too short to share between my immediate and extensive family and all the things i dream to do.


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Gaby Franco

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Sergio Beltrán Arruti

Sergio Beltrán Arruti –better known as Yeyo– was born and raised in México City. He moved to Oaxaca in 1997 to support and learn from indigenous communities. Sergio is Co-founder of Universidad de la Tierra en Oaxaca (Unitierra) and Herramientas para el Buen Vivir, AC. Through his work in the non-profit sector he has developed a deep respect for the capacity people have to make a good life (buen vivir) for themselves when they are able to freely take responsibility for their own communities.

He studied and walked out from Latin American Studies at Mexico’s national university, UNAM. From 2004 to 2005 he was a grantee of the UNESCO program Search and Research.

In 2010 he was part of the pioneering team of the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations in Spanish, and has hosted and organized multiple intercultural encounters around the world using these tools for dialogue.

Sergio Beltrán Arruti –better known as Yeyo– was born and raised in México City. He moved to Oaxaca in 1997 to support and learn from indigenous communities. Sergio is a fierce spiritual warrior who stands for peace, and for the rights and capacities of people everywhere. Currently, is focusing his efforts on encouraging people to take responsibility for their own garbage, promote and support alternatives for real learning, community communication experiments around the world and gift culture practices. helping people to recover the capacity to create the future they want to live in. He consider himself as a perpetual learner and tries to stay present for new opportunities of learning.

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Alnoor Ladha

Alnoor Ladha is a founding member and the Executive Director of /The Rules (/TR), a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world.

He is a Board Member of Greenpeace International USA and a visiting lecturer at New York University (NYU), Columbia University and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). Alnoor holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. Alnoor’s daily practice involves deep immersion into cosmic entanglement (knowing his activist work is a spritual practice and vice versa) and constant disruption (he’s a nomad, training himself for the post-capitalist world…at least that’s what he tells himself). He is an unreconstructed utopian, Gaia-worshiper, star gazer, systems thinker and meme-warrior.

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Toni Spencer

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Eric Chisler

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