The Whole View, Season 3 Ep 61: Renaissance and Reimagining w/ Rachel Cargle

Welcome Activist and Author Rachel Cargle to The Whole View! Rachel discusses her new book, Renaissance of Our Own: A Memoir & Manifesto on Reimagining. She lets us in on how this book changed course while she was writing it, why knowing yourself is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself and others, and how to uncover our highest values.

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Key Takeaways


  • Rachel Cargle is a public academic, a writer, and lecturer – not to mention entrepreneur and philanthropist.
  • In 2018 she founded The Loveland Foundation, Inc., a non-profit which has provided therapy support to over 10,000 Black women, girls, and gender nonbinary individuals.
  • She also leads her umbrella company, The Loveland Group, houses a collection of social ventures including The Great Unlearn, The Great Unlearn for Young Learners, and Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre.
  • Rachel is a regular contributor to Cultured magazine, Atmos magazine and The Cut, and has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, Harper’s Bazaar and The New Yorker.
  • In addition to her talk on the TEDx stage, and her appearance on Red Table Talk, her public lecture Unpacking White Feminism has been featured on campuses around the country including American University, Yale and Harvard

Renaissance and Reimagining with Rachel Cargle

  • Rachel says her book doesn’t have many answers, but you’ll walk away with all the questions to gain more introspection and more self-knowing. She’s inviting folks to get off of what she calls the “life escalator”.
  • The book started as an anti-racism book, but doing such intensive work was weathering Rachel. She needed to reimagine how she could do the work she was doing in a different way to still serve her community and herself.
  • Rachel discusses how she was called to re-evaluate and reimagine her ideas around feminism. She had to “learn out loud” as a Black woman in that space.
  • Readers can go on their own self-paced journey to define what is important to them, and then reimagine the framework aligning to them with help from the writing prompts and thoughtful exercises you outlined in the book.
  • Rachel believes knowing yourself is a gift, and our highest values are conduits to our chosen selves.
  • Stacy said in doing her prompts from the book, her highest core values were: Authenticity, Meaningful Work (including equality, ethics and justice), and Knowledge (both gaining and sharing it), though they are in flux as she speaks about them, and realizes she needs to make space for Compassion.
  • Rachel talks about her highest values of Ease, Abundance, and Opportunity and how she uses this knowledge in her everyday life.

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