Vanessa Faloye

Vanessa Faloye works as a learning designer, trainer, facilitator, mediator, and consultant of anti-oppression, collective liberation, and movement-building. In doing this work, she builds people's capacity to dismantle tools of oppression, cultures of supremacy, and cycles of dehumanisation. She takes aim at the colonial project of divide and conquer by supporting social movements to unite across difference, in service of a greater we. Vanessa is a co-founder of Held alongside her co-founding friends, Priya and Alexander, who together provide learning and hold space for people to have the conversations they need to have and to take responsibility for their relationships in service of the collective liberation we all deserve. Things to know about Vanessa is that she is a British-Nigerian and babymama of two cats. She’s a fluent speaker of Spanish, a part-time dj of world music, and a full-time lover of international cinema and literature.
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Barriers to Bridging: Building Relational Skills to Connect Across Difference
When it comes to addressing othering and building a world in which everyone gets to belong, it can be tempting to orient our attention solely to the systems that perpetuate that othering, to focus our critiques on the actors we feel responsible for othering ideologies, and to engage only our intellect in the heavy work of socio-political change and movement-building.