I am Damali Abena Robertson.
I’m on a mission to disrupt “Imperialist, White Supremacist, Capitalist, Patriarchy” (bell hooks) in everything that I do. I create liberatory content through my writing on Medium and right here on my personal Blog. I facilitate conversations about freedom and design liberatory frameworks for organizations and individuals through Liberation Praxis. My work supports organizations and individuals in practices that are pathways to freedom.
I am guided by three values: Love, Liberation, and Compassion. I believe social justice and resistance are acts of Love. I believe that race is a social construct created to benefit “Imperialist, White Supremacist, Capitalist, Patriarchy,” (bell hooks) and so I operate and create from a place of liberation and self-actualization. I also question everything because criticality is essential to change. I believe in radical-equity and approach everything I do with a ‘restorative impulse.’
After 16 years in the nonprofit sector and 10 years in leadership roles, I knew it was time to reimagine the sector. I coach organizational leaders, create action plans, workshops, and presentations for individuals and teams who learn and work in spaces that struggle with safety and belonging. I move leaders away from the traditional “savior” model to a more “liberatory” model where all stakeholders are seen as fully-resourced and self-actualized. Here is a list of my clients and presentations. Here is a list of my qualifications.
I work with them to reimagine culture and interrupt the status quo. I also share ideas, concepts, and new ways of being that support individual behavior change and long-term cultural change.
I also work with individuals, in similar ways, to practice more liberatory ways of being. I believe everything we do on the individual level (the micro) supports everything we bring to the collective experiences at work and in life (the macro).
I identify as a Black-bodied woman of Caribbean and American descent; Jamaican by lineage, American by birth; Queer; Mother; Writer; Poet; Liberation facilitator; Eternal questioner and Justice devotee.
“Damali’s presence is a gift. It’s clear (and felt…) the work she does is a part of her life and she embodies what she teaches. “There is an ease and genuineness in her facilitation style. She creates an atmosphere that invites ongoing learning and reflection, and she includes herself in this journey as well, which is very humble. Thank you Damali!”
Workshop Participant, 2022