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It is time for us to take a more personal approach to the social change we want.

We must examine ourselves, understand the humanity of others, and communicate with unprecedented and daring clarity.


A key component of the intensive is clarification about "thinking vs. feeling." Participants learn to access both their thoughts and feelings in understanding themselves and communicating with others.

This is something we see causing issues in our conversations about race, but it applies to all social issues, which are freely discussed in the workshop.

Going All In: Your Personal Investment in Social Change is a two or three day intensive for twenty to sixty people—catered to your community needs. It uses strong visuals and memorable stories from lived experience of what works and what doesn't. Participants leave with a deepened connection to themselves and each other and a new way of achieving the social change they desire and value.

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More presentations by damali ayo

"damali took the time to really talk and listen
to our students...Having damali here helped empower students
in a very different way." - Sarah Lawrence College

We will be transformed by this experience."
- Colby College




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"It was amazing.
Nothing else was like this."

"We are still talking about it!
The new ideas and concepts will have
a deep impact on our approach to activism.

- Colgate University Students

This game-changing 2-day intensive helps participants make a deep and sustainable connection with social change. It moves beyond academic language into feelings and experiences. It strives to connect the "whole human being" with the issues they want to addresss and the people affected by our cultural challenges. Thinking vs. Feeling, Uncovering Fears, and Core Belief Clarification are central tools.

"damali is the most real person I have ever met."
"I had so many epiphanies during her visit."
- Holy Cross College

"Having damali here really inspired our students
to take to heart the power of their voices.”
- Ripon College

damali ayo is the author of two books, several essays for National Public Radio and contributor to four anthologies. She has delivered keynote presentations to thousands of people across North America. damali and her work have been featured in over 100 publications world-wide including Harpers, the Village Voice,, the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Redbook Magazine, and Book TV. She even held her own across the table from Bill O’Reilly on his television show.

An expert story-teller, damali’s books and presentations offer humor, insight, and creativity and make our culture's toughest topics manageable and fun. How to Rent a Negro was acclaimed as "one of the most trenchant and amusing commentaries on contemporary race relations." It was granted a 2005 Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Book Awards from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Obamistan! Land without Racism: Your Guide to the New America debunks the myth of a post-race world. She is a member of "The Black Panel" in Baratunde Thurston's How To Be Black, has a chapter in the book Reality Radio and was interviewed by Davy Rothbart in Found II. Her monthly diary to her readers, The Blessings, shares personal stories about creativity, healing, and faith. damali is a dynamic personality who brings energy, inspiration, and positivity wherever she goes.

"damali is Engaging, warm and amazingly energetic." -Portland State University