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Social Somatics

Broadcast on June 07, 2023
With Dr. Samuel H. Leguizamon Grant
Hosted by Dr. Martha Eddy, RSMT

Dr. Samuel H. Leguizamon Grant began his embodied conscious walk with somatics when his wife — a dancer, choreographer, and healer — taught him that healing happens in the body, not the head. Since 2001, Sam has been working to co-evolve our praxis of social somatics to support the quest for global social movements. 

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Somatics is about healing with body wisdom, whereas social somatics is about healing justice by organizing healing and wisdom in social bodies
  • In a world of increasing tension and political intractability, we need to build our resilience and capabilities as relatives in spaces of medium to high conflict
  • We leverage the healing tools available in somatics to engage in organizing the world we wish to see by practicing healing justice in critical spaces in the present
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Dr. Samuel H. Leguizamon Grant

Executive Director of Rainbow Research and Co-Founder of Embody Deep Democracy

Dr. Samuel H. Leguizamon Grant has a 30+ year history of utilizing critical participatory action research at the intersectionality of racial, cultural, economic, gender, environmental, and geographic justice. He has worked with and through formations from the grassroots level to state government, and from community-based initiatives to those of national and international scope. Through organizing and development initiatives, he strives to improve the quality of life for people and transform structural patterns that impede mutual wellbeing.

In his very first month as only the fourth executive director in Rainbow Research’s 47-year history, Sam expanded the organization's scope by bringing in work focused on environmental and climate justice. He's coached staff on building an integral culture within the organization that is thoroughly democratic, while decolonizing and supporting the organization to develop capacities focused on intersectional research and evaluation methods.

For Sam, the point of research and evaluation is to continually enhance critical consciousness and the capacity to close gaps between the world we experience and the world we wish for, as we strive to strengthen the relationship between what we say we want to create in the world and our capacities to deliver in the context of profound socio-ecological complexity. Sam is very glad to be at Rainbow Research to contribute at this crucial time in the world — a time in which we can significantly expand democracy and mutual wellbeing through wiser collective responsibility.

Dr. Samuel H. Leguizamon Grant