How Can I Help? – by Brian Jost

I feel inadequate. I’m hyper-aware of my faults, much more aware in the last month since launching this podcast. This isn’t why I wanted to start the podcast, but it seems to be offering a useful side effect of helping me understand myself, not just others. It’s painful though, learning about myself. Before hitting the record button with Andre, I fear that I will sound like a fool. I immediately feel frozen, my brain stuck on nothing, just a bunch of useless neurons doing anything other than what I need them to be doing. I’m white. What can I possibly know about being any other race? And what is race? Who first defined race? Why do we need to use it? How did I get in this situation with this podcast? I hope people don’t think that I think that they need to think the way I think. That’s too much to think about. I just hope people don’t think that I’m trying to act like I know a lot about racism and social justice. It’s quite the opposite. I don’t know enough. I don’t know much at all. All I know is that there are a lot of people on this planet and we haven’t learned how to respect each other yet. I do think it’s possible. I’m not sure how we’ll get there or when, but I think we will. Or maybe it’s about figuring out how to be with each other peacefully in a world that will never realize global respect. I dream of a massive noticeable change taking place in my lifetime. Is that just a dream? A shift in our consciousness, our awareness. Might there be a day in our future when not a single human being wakes up thinking about their own needs, but rather, wakes up with urgent thoughts and feelings about what others need? Can we shift into “How can I help?” And if we can, for how long? We can’t forget about our own needs, but we must find a way to raise up the needs of others. It’s hard for me to see beyond myself most days. I’m heading to bed now. Tomorrow is a new day. I’ll try to remember these thoughts when I wake in the morning.

– Brian Jost

005 – Unrecognizable World Views | Edina Police | St. Cloud Police

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What do we do when we can’t recognize perspectives that are different from our own?

a. Conversation between co-hosts Andre Koen and Brian Jost recorded 10/24/2016.
b. Edina, MN police incident with Larnie Thomas 10/12/2016 (including  bystander cell phone partial recording).
c. Law Enforcement – Why don’t we see the positive side in the media?
d. Partial archived interview with Wm. Blair Anderson, Chief of Police, City of St. Cloud, MN from 02/22/2015.
e. Open invite to law enforcement to record with Andre and Brian.

Related links:

-YouTube interview with Wm. Blair Anderson, Chief of Police, City of St. Cloud, MN (by Andre Koen) Published 02/22/2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlYuWL1qINM

-Edina, MN Police Incident with Larnie Thomas 10/12/16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djyysjn6vCg

-Star Tribune article “Video of Edina police officer confronting a black man goes viral” http://www.startribune.com/video-of-edina-police-officer-confronting-a-black-man-goes-viral/397145941/

Podcast Website: http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/

Co-hosted by:
-ANDRE KOEN, http://www.andrekoen.com/
-BRIAN JOST, https://brianjost.com/
Produced by: Brian Jost

Are you frustrated, angered, confused, or just plain exhausted by the polarizing conversations around race and social justice? Find your community. Find your voice. Get it right. Stand with us…the “Armchair Activist.”

004 – Philando Castile’s friend & activist John Thompson & activists Jacob Ladda & Curtis Avent with Brian Jost

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LISTEN. Share it. These three men need to be heard. Philando Castile’s friend and activist John Thompson and activists Jacob Ladda & Curtis Avent. If you need a longer intro, start with episode 3. Released 10/15/2016. Recorded 10/11/2016 in St. Anthony, MN.

003 – Production update “Justice Occupation for Philando” preview (recorded in St. Anthony, MN) Released 10/14/2016 Andre Koen & Brian Jost

Armchair Activist, episode 003, Production update, “Justice Occupation for Philando” preview (recorded in St. Anthony, MN) Released 10/14/2016.
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First, an update on the production of this podcast, comments about Brian Jost recording on 10/11/2016 with Philando Castile’s best friend John Thompson and two other activists often highlighted in the media, Jacob Ladda and Curtis Avent. Second, Brian Jost explaining to Andre Koen why people need to listen to those three men listed above. Third, backing up to a conversation between Andre Koen and Brian Jost recorded on 9/23/2016 (our 2nd recording session since beginning the podcast).
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ACTION CONTINUUM:
http://stepupprogram.org/docs/handouts/STEPUP_Action_Continuum.pdf
Adams, M., Bell, L., & Griffin, P. (1997). Teaching for diversity and social justice: A sourcebook. New York: Routledge. STEP UP! – Facilitator Guide
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Co-hosted by:
-ANDRE KOEN, http://www.andrekoen.com/
-BRIAN JOST, https://brianjost.com/
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ANDRE KOEN is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a dynamic teacher. There are many words that describe him. The most illustrative is “Andre, the Enkindled Spirit”. Andre is a diversity trainer in Minnesota. He provides face-to-face and online courses on diversity education including leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building. Most of his clients include professionals needing continuing education credits. His weekly blog includes ideas for controlling, removing, and fighting discrimination. Koen also offers one-on-one training and coaching. http://www.andrekoen.com/
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BRIAN JOST, author of the memoir “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” is the Public Awareness Coordinator at NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Brian recruits and trains NAMI “In Our Own Voice” public speakers who are courageous enough to share their experiences of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. He also coordinates the NAMI Minnesota Speakers Bureau through which anti-stigma presentations are offered. Brian helps to harness the power of personal stories with the goal of showing people that recovery is possible. Brian and his wife Sarah live in St. Anthony, MN with their son Avery and daughter Olive. Brian is a proud father. He finds parenting to be a challenge and an adventure. Brian loves spending time with his family, especially playing outdoors. Simply watching his kids play helps Brian understand the meaning of life. https://brianjost.com/

002 – Polarizing Lenses, Part 2 – Andre Koen & Brian Jost

This is the 2nd part of a conversation between Andre Koen and Brian Jost recorded 9/15/2016 in St. Anthony, Minnesota.


What happens when a black racial/social justice advocate meets a confused white man who is actually willing to admit he doesn’t understand the racism to which he has awakened? Conversation happens.

Co-hosted by:
-ANDRE KOEN, http://www.andrekoen.com/
-BRIAN JOST, https://brianjost.com/

ANDRE KOEN is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a dynamic teacher. There are many words that describe him. The most illustrative is “Andre, the Enkindled Spirit”. Andre is a diversity trainer in Minnesota. He provides
face-to-face and online courses on diversity education including leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building. Most of his clients include professionals needing continuing education credits. His weekly blog includes ideas for controlling, removing, and fighting discrimination. Koen also offers one-on-one training and coaching. http://www.andrekoen.com/

BRIAN JOST, author of the memoir “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” is the Public Awareness Coordinator at NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Brian recruits and trains NAMI “In Our Own Voice” public speakers who are courageous enough to share their experiences of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. He also coordinates the NAMI Minnesota Speakers Bureau through which anti-stigma presentations are offered. Brian helps to harness the power of personal stories with the goal of showing people that recovery is possible. Brian and his wife Sarah live in St. Anthony, MN with their son Avery and daughter Olive. Brian is a proud father. He finds parenting to be a challenge and an adventure. Brian loves spending time with his family, especially playing outdoors. Simply watching his kids play helps Brian understand the meaning of life. https://brianjost.com/

Song “These Times” music and lyrics copyright by Brian Jost, 2001.

001 – Introduction episode; Polarizing Lenses, Part 1 – Andre Koen & Brian Jost

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What happens when a black racial/social justice advocate meets a confused white man who is actually willing to admit he doesn’t understand the racism to which he has awakened? Conversation happens.

Co-hosted by:
ANDRE KOEN, http://www.andrekoen.com/
BRIAN JOST, https://brianjost.com/

ANDRE KOEN is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a dynamic teacher. There are many words that describe him. The most illustrative is “Andre, the Enkindled Spirit”. Andre is a diversity trainer in Minnesota. He provides face-to-face and online courses on diversity education including leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building. Most of his clients include professionals needing continuing education credits. His weekly blog includes ideas for controlling, removing, and fighting discrimination. Koen also offers one-on-one training and coaching. http://www.andrekoen.com/

BRIAN JOST, author of the memoir “Grounded by Bipolar Disorder; One Pilot’s Landing” is the Public Awareness Coordinator at NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Brian recruits and trains NAMI “In Our Own Voice” public speakers who are courageous enough to share their experiences of living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. He also coordinates the NAMI Minnesota Speakers Bureau through which anti-stigma presentations are offered. Brian helps to harness the power of personal stories with the goal of showing people that recovery is possible. Brian and his wife Sarah live in St. Anthony, MN with their son Avery and daughter Olive. Brian is a proud father. He finds parenting to be a challenge and an adventure. Brian loves spending time with his family, especially playing outdoors. Simply watching his kids play helps Brian understand the meaning of life. https://brianjost.com/

Are you frustrated, angered, confused, or just plain exhausted by the polarizing conversations around race and social justice? Find your community. Find your voice. Get it right. Stand with us…the “Armchair Activist.”

Song “These Times” music and lyrics copyright by Brian Jost, 2001.

Click to find and SUBSCRIBE in iTunes!