Sam Brakarsh is a social systems consultant and facilitator from Zimbabwe, currently living in Princeton, NJ. He is the Africa Regional Representative for PEN America and co-founded the Chikukwa Research Trust (CRT), which focuses on mindfulness-based trauma healing, regenerative agriculture, and social theatre across twelve villages in Zimbabwe. Sam is a Theatre of The Oppressed practitioner, having established a ToTO network in Zimbabwe as well as conducting trainings across Ghana, Kenya, the United States, the Philippines, and occupied Palestine. His research includes health systems strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa; humanitarian funding models; and the function of social art as a tool for collective mobilization, dialogue, and participatory research. Sam is on the Mind and Life Institute Young Adult Advisory Council and is a 2019 Dalai Lama Fellow. He holds a BA in Social Psychology and Global Health from Yale University and an MSc in African Studies from Oxford University.
What inspires you?
Cooking for people.
What relationship has been most influential in your life?
Although there are many people I love and am inspired by, this question makes me think about my relationships to place. I am most influenced by the places where I navigate belonging.
What’s on your bookshelf?
Theatre of The Oppressed, Augusto Boal
Kintu, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Incompleteness: Frontier Africa and the Currency of Conviviality, Francis Nyamnjoh