Guest : Sam Killermann
Sam’s work (that he uncopyrighted in 2013) has been downloaded by hundreds of millions of people around the world who utilize it to bolster their educational and advocacy efforts toward equity. His version of the Genderbread Person, a model for understanding and teaching gender and sexual diversity, has been translated into over a dozen languages.
In 2014, Sam designed an all-gender restroom sign that he gifted to the commons, which is now being implemented on three continents, is featured in the White House, and is becoming the standard for dozens of college campuses and cities around the U.S.
Sam is the author of A Guide to Gender, which is an exploration of gender from a social justice perspective, with humor and comics sprinkled in. The book opened as the #1 bestseller in gender on Amazon, and as a reflection of Sam’s commitment to access as a core social justice value, he’s given away over 10,000 copies of the book. He gave a well-received TEDxTalkthat has over 150,000 views called “Understanding the Complexities of Gender,” where he distilled the themes of the book into a few minutes of fun, energetic, and easily-digestible speech.
Sam is the co-creator of TheSafeZoneProject.com, a free online resource for LGBTQ and Ally training materials. The open source curriculum they published is being used by thousands of educators in at least 87 countries.
Outside of his key initiatives, Sam is a frequent keynote speaker, the comedy half of S.E.X., writer & performer of InTolerance, head elf at Socially Just Cards, co-author of the forthcoming A Guide to Facilitation, and is always dreaming up new social good projects. When he’s not on the road, he likes to spend at least a few hours a day bicycling around sunny Austin, TX, where he counts himself lucky to live.
Sam has recently published a new book http://www.facilitationmagic.
Title: “Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation”
In this book, co-authors and social justice facilitators Sam Killermann and Meg Bolger teach you how to perform the favorite tricks they keep up their sleeve. It’s the learning they’ve accumulated from thousands of hours of facilitating, debriefing, challenging, and failing; it’s the lessons from their mentors, channeled through their experience; it’s the magician’s secrets, revealed to the public, because it’s about time folks have the privilege of looking behind the curtain of facilitation and thinking of course that’s how it’s done.
This book introduces and explains 11 key concepts every facilitator should know, that most facilitators don’t even know they should know. They are sometimes-tiny things that show up huge in facilitation. It’s a book for facilitators of all stripes, goals, backgrounds, and settings – and the digestible, enjoyable, actionable lessons would benefit anyone who is responsible for engaging a group of people in learning.