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JOIN US as we launch Positive Deviants for Community Transformation on May 6th, 2022!

Positive Deviants for Community Transformation is a pilot series of 3 national conversations at the intersection of community transformation and creative expression, led by people who are actually doing the work. Connecting, re-energizing, and expanding the practice of Positive Deviants is our goal.

Our retreats feature insights from Positive Deviants and creative disruptors, nominated through a public call for applicants. During these half day retreats, attendees from all places and spaces will engage with organizers, featured guests, and attendees.  People will uncover new ways of thinking and doing from across the country to bring back to their own community.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DeAmon Harges, aka “Roving Listener”, ABCD Institute faculty at DePaul University and founder of The Learning Tree in Indianapolis, IN

DEVIANT STORYTELLER: Amaha Sellasie, peace builder, healer, practitioner scholar and co-founder of Co-Op Dayton and Gem City Market, a community-owned grocery store in Dayton, OH


DEVIANT ARTIST: Wildstyle, musician, producer, visual artist, and historian activist at All317HipHop in Indianapolis, IN

DEVIANT ARTIST: Glenna Jennings, photographer, associate professor of Art & Design, and creator of the Art and Social Practice course at the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH

DEVIANT STORYTELLER: Jmar Bey, co-founder of South Hilltop Men's Group and Hilltop Rising, a social enterprise restoring hope and opportunity through sustainable development in Pittsburgh, PA.

Funding generously provided by Grassroots Grantmakers.

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