Nita Baum is an entrepreneur, co-creator, facilitator, mentor-coach, and community-builder. She is also board lead for Solar responders – the NGO from previous guest Hunter Johansson – so thanks to Hunter for making this happen.
Born in New York to an inspiring cancer scientist mother and a philosophical pharmacist father, her parents’ influenced her curiosity, appreciation for creation, and her right brain – left brain development.
In Part One of this two-parter we cover Nita’s early influences, her love of school and education, sisters’ influence, playing games of the imagination and growing up in an environment of scarcity and abundance.
Nita discusses experiencing the social inequity in education, developing a social and political consciousness of local and global events, traveling to China, Japan, and Korea and becoming interested in philosophy and spirituality.
Studying in Japan after college.
In Part Two we discuss her perspectives on the broader impact of Covid19
cover what led Nita to form her business Bfree to partners with organizations to help them to activate individual, team, and organizational potential. Nita questions purpose role of work in light of the crisis and our growing realization of what can be achieved so easily and quickly
We discuss the transformative moment of now and how people are reacting and the opportunity for consciousness-raising, the reorientation.
n of human capital and the transformative capacity in all of us.
I hope you are inspired by the vision, values and life philosophy of Nita Baum
What we discuss:
Nita’s mother’s wonder and awe and love of science
Her father’s broad expansive thinking and his concern for what it means to be human and our collective interdependence.
How Nita grew up to understand about food as a healing agent
Her Mother’s respect for science
A growing appreciation for art and science, and the process of creation
Nita’s memories of her conversations with her father about MLK and JFK and her rebellious side
She discusses her sister’s influence and their relationship
Playing games of the imagination
The love of school and the challenges she faced
Her love of reading and art and literature
Nita’s growing social and political consciousness of local and global events
Being drawn to Education
Studying art history and east Asian studies
Traveling to China, Japan and Korea and becoming interested in the philosophy and spirituality
Studying in Japan after college.
The combination of abundance and scarcity and how her parents taught them about value and gratitude.
Witnessing the social inequity in education
The exposure to black culture by being invited to a gifted child’s education program
Her emotional maturity
The realization that power of systems and her misalignment
In Part two
The impact of Covid19
Humanities interdependency and being wired for survival
What might emerge from Covid19
What is the purpose of work
Our realization of what can be achieved so easily and quickly
The transformative moment of now
How people are reacting and the opportunity for consciousness-raising
We discuss Bfree and its vision
The transformative power of leaving the workforce
The philosophy of BFree
The reorientation of Human Capital
The transformative capacity in all of us
The potential of self, teams, and our larger human collective
Processing our grief through institutionalized fear vs building from love
Principles – Presume we all come free. Gifted, equal in power and grounded.
Nita’s impossible advice
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