Bayo Akomolafe on Embracing the Collective

August 23, 2023  • Aspen Global Leadership Network

“Until we learn to think along with the world, until we start our storytelling from what the world is doing instead of what we are doing, we will continue to repeat the cycles we are in and tell ourselves that we are making progress. And tell ourselves we are being courageous and tell ourselves we are healing and tell ourselves we are repairing. To really repair, is to ‘re-pair,’ is to break the pairing we are in, and get lost a bit.”

– Bayo Akomolafe, Founder, Emergence Network


How do we move past thinking of ourselves as isolated individual crusaders fighting for progress and into a collective that encompasses more than ourselves? As post-humanist thinker Bayo Akomolafe puts it: “What do you do when you’re stuck in a circle?”

In his sweeping talk from the 2023 Resnick Aspen Action Forum, Akomolafe contextualizes our pervasive and damaging culture of individualism and how we may move past it if we gather toward the cracks and breaks in society. He also shares how inspiration for true repair work comes from unlikely places: including ants, mountains, family, and conversations with Claude – a new AI software.