Feb 23, 2018
In our fifth episode support by the Ford Foundation, Jillian speaks with Axolile Notywala and Mandisa Dyantyi, the Co-Directors of the Social Justice Coalition. SJC is a Cape Town-based organisation that works to advance the constitutional rights to life, dignity, equality, freedom and safety for all South Africans - but particularly those living in townships and informal settlements. Ax and Mandisa are passionate activists and leaders addressing issues of inequality in Cape Town, South Africa, and the world. They call themselves “The Terrible Two” but there’s nothing terrible about them: young, black, educated and driven by a deep sense of righteous purpose - they are South Africa’s greatest hope and representative of its most profound dilemma. How do you escape poverty and discrimination? And what happens when you return home and try to help others do the same?
Jan 23, 2018
In our fourth episode supported by the Ford Foundation, Jillian speaks with David Lewis, the executive director of Corruption Watch, who’s mission in their own words is to “Disrupt the Corrupt.” Corruption Watch believes that “it is our right and duty to hold our leaders to account.” An interesting role at a time when in South Africa, around the world, power holders are under intense scrutiny. David is a product of South Africa’s struggle for liberation. A union leader with a fundamental belief in the power of the collective. Today, David is a leader in a very different kind of struggle – engaging citizens to examine and rewrite our relationship to power and privilege.
Dec 27, 2017
In our third interview supported by the Ford Foundation, Jillian speaks with Rehad Desai, a documentary filmmaker and producer and the CEO of Uhuru Productions. Rehad has produced over 20 films to date, including Born into Struggle, Miners Shot Down and the Giant is Falling. Born into Struggle - which received international acclaim at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival - is his most personal film. The film follows the life of Rehad’s father, ANC activist Barney Desai, and the impact that South Africa’s struggle against apartheid had on Rehad’s childhood and who he has become today. Miners Shot Down - Rehad’s most well-known film and a 2015 International Emmy award winner - tells the tragic story of the 2012 police massacre of 34 miners in Marikana, South Africa, who were fighting for higher wages and a better life. Rehad’s stories are at once intimate and universal, and through them he seeks to not only prompt reflection, but also forge a new kind of human connection.
Nov 25, 2017
In our second interview supported by the Ford Foundation, Jillian speaks with Bonita Meyersfeld, the Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and an associate professor at the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Bonita is a gender-based violence expert trained in South Africa and the US, with a background as an advisor to the House of Lords of the United Kingdom. She is the founding member of the organisation Lawyers Against Abuse and the author of the book "Domestic Violence and International Law". Against a backdrop of increasing public discourse and awareness of sexual and gender-based violence, Jillian and Bonita explore the complex moral realities of violence, the concept of human progress, and our systemic causes of and responses to harm.
Oct 11, 2017
In today's excerpt, Jillian speaks with Kene Esom about the changing nature of masculinity and the role of male identity, which was part of our larger conversation with Kene on queer inclusion and intersectionalities. Until very recently, Kene Esom was the Director of AMSHeR, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights. He is a Barrister-at-Law advocating for marginalised communities including unaccompanied/separated children, refugees and asylum seekers, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and sexual minorities on the African continent. In the full interview, Jillian and Kene discuss the concepts of othering and being "queer", intersectionalities and privilege, and the roles of religion, culture and social justice towards a more equitable and empathetic world. Listen at http://soundpage.fm/courageousconversations/7137.
Oct 11, 2017
Our first in a series of interviews supported by the Ford Foundation, Jillian speaks with Kene Esom who until very recently was the Director of AMSHeR, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights. Kene is a Barrister-at-Law advocating for marginalised communities including unaccompanied/separated children, refugees and asylum seekers, survivours of sexual and gender-based violence, and sexual minorities on the African continent. Jillian and Kene discuss the concepts of othering and being "queer", intersectionalities and privilege, and the roles of religion, culture and social justice towards a more equitable and empathetic world.
Jul 31, 2017
In our first episode of Season 2, Jillian interviews Tamburai Chirume, an up and coming fashion designer and entrepreneur in Cape Town - and half of the mother and daughter label ONEOFEACH - about creating beauty and the more personal side of troublemaking. From Zimbabwe to South Africa to the British Museum, growing up in a society fraught with racism and inequality has had a profound effect on Tamburai. Join us as she talks about juggling her feelings of insider-outsider, anxiety and well-being, finding beauty in the every day and making her own way in the world.
Dec 04, 2016
In our final episode for 2016, Jillian and Jenn talk with Rehann Calitz and Howard Drakes of Farm This City, about radical empathy and how with a single seed, a farmer and a sprinkle of empathy, we can re-imagine our cities as living ecosystems that sustain life and "farm a solution" for us all. Learn more about Farm This City: www.farmthiscity.co.za
Nov 08, 2016
In episode four, Jillian Reilly interviews Melanie Burke, a powerhouse in the Cape Town development community who while has always been a troublemaker in the professional sense, decided to dig a little deeper in the courageous conversations that she was having at home. Here, Melanie talks about her journey to becoming a "courageous wife" and finding the balance between her work and personal life.
Nov 08, 2016
In episode three, Jillian interviews Kayin Scholtz from the South African Education Project (SAEP) about the concepts of courage, bravery and masculinity. Upon first meeting one might consider Kayin an unconventional troublemaker, but through this conversation you'll get a glimpse of how he approaches conversations in his daily life with reflection and deep listening.
Nov 03, 2016
In episode two, a continuation of Jillian and Jenn's first conversation, they discuss what it means to "show up" in our professional and personal relationships - and how to overcome the fears and insecurities that may get in the way of our efforts to live courageously.
Nov 03, 2016
Courageous Conversations is a series exploring the art of showing up authentically in our everyday spaces. Created by Jillian Reilly and Jenn Warren, the podcast challenges us to live bravely and with compassion during this critical time in history, in an effort to become more effective changemakers. In the first episode, Jillian and Jenn discuss Jillian's book "Shame: Confessions of an Aid Worker in Africa" and explore some of her missed conversations and opportunities to live more courageously.