Ignite Institute

April 14th: Decolonizing Social Innovation

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The Ignite Institute at Pacific School of Religion is excited to present Decolonizing Social Innovation in partnership with Impact Hub Berkeley on April 14.

Decolonizing Social Innovation is a 1-day conference-style retreat dedicated to taking action to dismantle the colonizing practices inherited from our shared colonial past. This will be a day of exploring how the history of colonization manifests in socially innovative practices today, and sharing practical measures we can each take to engage in intentional cultural shifts to decolonize businesses, products, and daily operations in the world around us.


9:00 AM BREAKFAST (provided)

9:30 AM Introduction & Brief History of the Colonizers and the Colonized

9:55 AM Identifying our Context/Core Values


11:20 AM Moderated Panel: Decolonizing Social Innovation from the Field

12:05 PM Role Play: Colonizer/Colonized

12:45 PM Deliberate Listening as a Practice

LUNCH (provided)

1:30 PM Reconnecting & Navigating Conflict


2:40 PM Developing an Action Plan



LEAD FACILITATOR & MODERATOR: Mahsea Evans, Pacific School of Religion

Mahsea Evans is an educator, artist, and ordained minister who has dynamically engaged the topics of religious pluralism and social change through writings, lectures, performances and workshops. He presently works as an Assistant Pastor St. Marks United Methodist Church in Sacramento, and has been a trainer for Ignite Institute for two years. He received both his Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. This former Changemaker Fellow combines his passion for imaginative theologies, community organizing, education, and creative arts in service to the cause of social transformation. Originally from Hartford, CT, Mahsea currently resides in Sacramento, CA with his wife, Dr. Kawami Evans, and daughter, Niara (10).

FACULTY PRESENTER: Dr. Filipe Maia, Pacific School of Religion

Dr. Filipe Maia’s research and teaching focus on liberation theologies, the Christian eschatological imagination, theology and economics, and Wesleyan theology. His scholarship pays special attention to the ways in which imaginaries about the future shape politics, economics, cultural patterns, and religious practices. Employing sources ranging from Latin American liberation theology, Marxist philosophy, and contemporary writings on finance, Professor Maia’s doctoral dissertation builds a theological critique of the temporality of financial capitalism proposing alternative ways of imagining the future.

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