I am Damali 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, my Soul-Centered Conversations, and Write Your Way to Freedom workshops. I also design liberatory frameworks for organizations through The Nonprofit Ecology Project and support individuals in practices that encourage greater self-awareness and healing through the Soul-Centered Collaborative.
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 15 years in the nonprofit sector and 10 years in leadership roles, I knew it was time to reimagine the sector. I coach nonprofit 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.
I work with them to reimagine culture and interrupt the status quo. I share ideas, concepts, and new ways of being that support individual behavior change and long-term cultural change.
My identity markers are: Black woman of African-Caribbean descent; Jamaican by lineage, American by birth; Queer; Mother; Writer; Poet; Eternal questioner and justice devotee.