Video: Keeping it Unreal Book Talk
On March 10 we hosted OBI faculty scholar Darieck Scott and colleagues from across the country for an online conversation about his new book, Keeping It Unreal: Comics and Black Queer Fantasy.
john a. powell discusses challenges of housing equity
As part of a Dec. 9 panel focused on Fair Housing for SCANPH, Director john powell presented research and insights on the challenges of housing equity, reflecting years of accumulated experience navigating this tricky issue.
A Bridge to Belonging: The Practice of Beloved Community
Director john a. powell spoke at Thrive's event, "A Bridge to Belonging: The Practice of Beloved Community," on Dec. 5 about how bridging and belonging are integral to spirituality and the Beloved Community.
White Space, Black Hood
On Nov. 5 Georgetown law professor Sheryll Cashin presented her new book, titled, White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality, at UC Berkeley, in the first in-person event organized by the O&B Institute in...
Video: Atmospheres of Violence
At a time when LGBTQ rights are advancing, why are attacks against trans, queer and/or gender-nonconforming people of color increasing?
Video: Justice for Black Farmers
The introduction of the Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2020 and the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act of 2021 was the first time many Americans learned about the historical and ongoing discrimination against farmers of African descent by...
Director john a. powell distills belonging
On October 22, 2021, OBI Director john. a. powell joined ACLU-WA Executive Director Michele Storms in a conversation centered around the themes and concepts of othering & belonging and how the ACLU can use them as a blueprint in order to continue...
Placemaking, Belonging & Well-being
On October 20th, Director john a. powell presented the work of the Othering & Belonging Institute to WRLD CTY - The Global Forum for Urban Innovation on the importance and role of belonging in community health and well-being. powell used this...
OBI Conference Discussion with John Woods
Throughout the O&B 2021 conference we discussed the urgency of bridging across lines of difference, including across ideological lines, which can sometimes be the most difficult bridge to cross for those of us working towards belonging. In this...
Video: Building Bridges & Belonging Through Communications
On October 8, 2021, OBI Director john a. powell sat down with Dr. Carmen Rojas from the Marguerite Casey Foundation for a conversation for the ComNetworkV21 Conference. They discussed how nonprofit leaders, communicators, and storytellers can...
Video: Islamophobia in post-9/11 America
On Sept. 29, 2021 OBI held a 90-minute-long live event to launch a new survey on the views of Muslims in the United States. The survey, authored by OBI's Global Justice Director Elsadig Elsheikh and research Basima Sisemore, revealed the ubiquity and...
john a. powell addresses California task force on reparations
On September 24, 2021, Director john a. powell presented testimony on reparations and political participation to the state of California’s Task Force to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans (his presentation begins at 1:04:16...
Video: Defending Against Disinformation
On Wednesday Sept. 21 at 12 noon, a panel of UC Berkeley scholars convened to explore one of the most critical questions facing U.S. democracy: How can we counter disinformation to protect our communities without compromising America’s core...
Video: Fighting Poverty with SNAP
On Sept. 8 we held an hour-long live event to launch our new report on the need to bolster the social safety net, titled, "Fighting Poverty with SNAP: Reassessing the Tool Kit for a Unified Movement for Economic Justice." Download the report here...
Video: Will humanity survive? The philosophy of john a. powell
This previously unreleased video from May 2018 features Othering & Belonging Institute Director john a. powell on the urgent need to create a world of greater belonging and avoid the impulse toward smaller and more fragmented "we's."

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Black Lives Matter, A Year After Ferguson (featuring john a. powell)
Director john a. powell is featured in this video produced by AJ+ one year after Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, Missouri.
Recharge - Better Together
A unique end-of-year opportunity to connect online with each other and our deepest yearnings to build a vibrant planet based on belonging.
Animated Explainer Video Series
Our animated explainer videos break down some of the key principles that guide our work at the Othering & Belonging Institute. Follow the links below to view the videos, to read transcripts of the audio, and to learn more about each concept.