Ronderings

Learning ways to hack the system is the key to living the lives we deserve to live.
Atnre Alleyne is the founder of The Proximity Project, where he advocates for diversity and inclusion and helps organizations build authentic connections with marginalized communities. Founding multiple advocacy organizations, Atnre is an impassioned leader that empowers other leaders with equity-centered values as he fights for racial justice.

Despite the dependence on funding that many advocacy groups have, the system is designed to hand over resources to the most privileged, so it's imperative that we build communities that can help strengthen us. In order to move forward in a healthy and sustainable direction, we need to innovate new ways to apply ourselves because many of these organizations are filled with people doing superhuman levels of work.

We have to hack the system to fight inequality and design new cultures and spaces so we can continue to fight for the community in a system that is inherently oppressive and inequitable. If it is no longer serving us to wait for blessings from founders to fix the problems with the world, we need self-determination and to lead with our hearts, so we can make our dreams of an equitable future a reality!

๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿพ Growing up in New Jersey as the youngest of five children: his unusual name and his mother's influence on him. 02:25
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ Going to boarding school in Ghana: empowering communities and fighting for social justice. 05:51
๐ŸŽฏ Travelling abroad provided him with an understanding of all perspectives: finding yourself and things that are really important. 11:55
๐ŸŽ“ Helping marginalized groups get the best education: the reason why Atnre created an advocacy organization. 15:28
๐Ÿ˜‡ Tatiana and Atnre founded TeenSHARP: the difference between having a big national brand connected to an advocacy organization vs a grassroots organization. 20:35
โšก Events in 2020 made him write a lot about the racial justice front: the Proximity Project as a critical, foundational piece that was missing. 24:31
๐Ÿ’ธ From non-profit to profit founder: work in communities of color in the nonprofit space is being hindered, hampered, and undercut due to dependency on funding. 32:06
โœŒ๐Ÿพ Philanthropy imbalance: two important tips for non-profit founders. 36:37
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Atnreโ€™s experience with Pahara, and moving to Ukraine and having an amazing life. 41:44
โญ Spaces for re-invention: seeing different cultures is giving us easier insight into the core of who we are and what really matters. 49:08
3๏ธโƒฃ Three questions to ask in interviews. 53:01
๐Ÿ’Ž Atnreโ€™s RONdering: how to hack the system to have true power, true agency, and self-determination. 54:54
โœ๐Ÿพ Atnreโ€™s project and new book: The Guide to Starting and Growing a Nonprofit in an Unjust World. 57:47

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What is Ronderings?

In season one of Ronderings, Ron talks to his guests about their superpowers, including career advice, diversity, mindset, wellness, and leadership. Ron grew up in New York City, and has been coaching and leading executive searches for the last five years, taking what he has learned from 15 years in corporate, higher education, government, and non-profit contexts. He and his wife are obsessed with reality television, and Ron also moonlights as a men's personal stylist and group fitness instructor. Ron says, "I believe in the power of intuition and deepening oneโ€™s self-awareness and impact on others. I believe in the power of connection and transparency. I believe that we must dismantle systems of oppression and racism to recover our fullest humanity. Most of all, I believe our power to change the world starts from changing ourselves first."