Bourbon 'n BrownTown

Ep. 56 - Resisting in Place ft. Morgan Malone

Episode Summary

BrownTown talks with Morgan Malone, all-around civic leader, strategist, and dedicated resident of the Southside of Chicago, about her project Resisting in Place. The team discusses the meaning of resistance with regard to the movement for Black lives, anti-racist work, and collective and intentional engagement at the intersections of everyday life and societal design.

Episode Notes

GUEST
Morgan Malone is a public servant, expert in human-centered design and collective impact, and dedicated resident of the Southside of Chicago. Morgan has worked across the civic landscape in a variety of roles that have informed her holistic lens and approach to finding solutions and fixing systems.

Known for her aptitude in building and restructuring systems and initiatives, Morgan is an experienced civic leader, skilled strategist, and consistent figure in Chicago’s neighborhood and economic development sphere.

OVERVIEW

BrownTown talks with Morgan Malone, all-around civic leader, strategist, and dedicated resident of the Southside of Chicago, about her project Resisting in Place. The team discusses the meaning of resistance with regard to the movement for Black lives, anti-racist work, and collective and intentional engagement at the intersections of everyday life and societal design. With Morgan's ambitious, nuanced, and powerful project as a site, she and BrownTown discuss what it means to "resist" and what that looks like for different professions, people, industries, etc. (mentioned article: "When Black Women go From Office Pet to Office Threat"). Morgan's project centers Black experiences, Black life, and Black thought, sparked partially from this season of massive civil unrest during a pandemic. With that, the gang brings in their theoretical and grounded practical thoughts on police/prison abolition and how we make steps to imagining and creating the world we want to see. In Morgan's words, "people just have to see it's possible." Resistance in Place as well as the awesome grassroots work that BrownTown and Morgan shoutout (GoodKids MadCity, Black Lives Matter Chicago, #LetUsBreatheCollective, Gumbo Media, Imagine Englewood if, Think Outside the Block, etc.) incorporate human-centered design, holding space to ask questions, hold each other accountable, and neutralize harm.

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From Resistance in Place:

"The act of resistance demands both collective engagement and intentional interdisciplinary action. While many are on the frontlines sacrificing their bodies, time, and resources for a greater future where Black experience is integral to life understanding and societal design, many are left wondering what their role in resistance can be. And there are also many others who have taken matters into their own realms and are focused on resisting in place."

Follow Morgan on Instagram , Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin; and Resisting in Place on the site and Instagram. Read more about Morgan and the project in the recent Forbes article, "The Work Of Anti-Racism Is Happening In Every Industry, Meet The Millennial Working To Showcase It"!

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CREDITS: Intro/outro music by Fiendsh. Audio engineering by Genta Tamashiro. Episode photo by David W. Johnston.

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