What keeps you up at night? Advocacy starts there.
Today’s guest, Danielle Strickland — author, speaker, advocate and founder of many inspiring initiatives that mobilize people towards transformational living — takes today’s conversation into an exploration of external and internal advocacy.
Whether it’s leaning into new goals, dreams, ideas and pursuits, or digging up the floorboards of our own inner wellness and healing, what does it mean to connect the dots of what God is doing in your life? How can curiosity be a true agent for change? And most importantly, how can leaning in to the uncomfortable places of our hearts awaken us to what matters most?
Through deep wisdom and gentle grace, Danielle reminds us that advocacy starts when each of us are willing to ask what keeps us up at night.
- We believe that if traffickers can target vulnerable girls for exploitation, then surely people can target vulnerable girls for freedom. And we thought, what would happen if we got there first? So we’ve mobilizing churches across America.
- How did I start that movement? I didn’t come up with Brave (Global). I went to the back of a massage parlour and then God disturbed me and I lost enough sleep over the fact that I felt that I could get there somehow when they’re 11 but I didn’t quite know how … it’s just literally about paying attention and connecting the dots.
- I think one of the problems that comes with a lot of engagement pieces is that we want to really make it complicated because complexity kinda lends us distance, right? And could it really be as simple as just gathering girls and saying, “Girls, you’re strong, you’re capable, here are some tools to help you navigate your future, and by-the-way, your future doesn’t have to be exploitation.”
- There really aren’t bad kids. There’s hurt kids. There’s hungry kids. There’s broken kids. There’s damaged kids. But there really aren’t bad kids.
- I think curiosity is one of the greatest agents for change.
- Who are the people in your community that are walled off? Like, who don’t you hear from? Who don’t you know? Who do you have an issue with but who you’ve never met? Like, who are those people?
- An enemy is someone who’s story you haven’t yet heard.
- Confronting Normal means choosing to live a different way
- I realized that I [don’t] want to die being consumed by things that don’t matter. So I said to God, “How do I wake up?” And I felt like God said to me, “There’s two waking agents: one is love — to really understand the love of God is to awaken to some other way to live. And the other [is] discomfort. And both of those things [will] wake you up to live a different way.
Danielle Strickland is currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing Justice Departments for The Salvation Army to launching Global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new movements to mobilize people towards transformational living. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently.
Danielle is the author of 5 books with her most recent being “The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom From What Enslaves You” and “The Zombie Gospel: The Walking Dead and What it means to be Human.” She is host of DJStrickland Podcast, Co-founder of Infinitum, Amplify Peace and Brave Global. Danielle is a mom of 3, wife to @stephencourt and has been affectionately called the “ambassador of fun”.
“Be ordinary and let God make it sacred.” —Danielle Strickland
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Brave Global – a catalytic movement for girls
- A Beautiful Mess (Danielle’s book)
- Amplified peace — a movement helping people to become peacemakers in the world and locally as well.
- The Ultimate Exodus (Danielle’s book)
- The Women’s Speaker Collective
- The Enneagram
- Love Does by Bob Goff
- Danielle’s website
- DJStrickland Podcast
- Franciscian Benediction – YouTube
- Renae Regehr’s episode — Confronting Social Media, Free To Be Real
- Alison Centofante’s episode — Confronting Activism, The Least of These