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Andrea Webb and Jillianne Code
Find agency and community within and beyond the academy

Find agency and community within and beyond the academy

A Conversation with Andrea Webb and Jillianne Code

Season 3, Episode 6

How do we create learning communities that offer participants the agency to thrive? This question is at the heart of our “Beyond the Academy” research initiative, in partnership with researchers Andrea Webb and Jillianne Code at the University of British Columbia. Through qualitative and quantitative methods, we have gathered insights from professional learners who know firsthand what it means to teach, be taught and co-create knowledge: PhD Students and alumni. In this episode, we share some of our findings, implications, and next steps for this ongoing work.

More from Season 3
The Hikma Collective Podcast is a tapestry of ideas tested, relationships built, and learnings gathered since our organization launched in October 2020. The mission of the Hikma Collective is to build a crossroads and community for people who drive change by translating ideas across contexts.
As we say in our Season 1 trailer, “change is a process—not a moment.”

Season 3. How to Grow Change

Stories and advice from social entrepreneurs and public scholars growing, creating, and collaborating across fields and sectors.

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Season 2. Public Scholars in Action

This season features two public scholars working with partners and community actors to advance better
research, policy, and practice.

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Season 1. The Art of Alternatives

In this season, you’ll hear conversations with higher ed administrators, startup founders, and social sector leaders about the creative power of ‘in-betweenness’ and the many different pathways through which
ideas take shape, travel and thrive.

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Meet Erica

Erica Machulak, PhD, is the Founder of Hikma.

As a writer, editor, and facilitator, she believes that the world needs to hear more from people who resist easy answers.

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Hikma is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the ən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. Our speakers, team members and listeners are based all over the world. Wherever you are, we encourage you to learn more about whose lands you're on.

Our work would not be possible without the generous encouragement, labor, and funding of many. We thank our past and present team members, speakers, mentors, funders, and Hikma Collective members for making this work possible.

Our first season features guest speakers from our Summer 2020 course, Entrepreneurship for PhDs. This program brought together a cohort of creative and generous emerging scholars and speakers across academia, industry, and the social sector. The participants and speakers in this course inspired and built the foundations for our learning community, the Hikma Collective.

This podcast weaves together the ideas and contributions of past and present Hikma team members: Simangele Mabena,  Ai Mizuta, Matthew Tomkinson, Nadia Sasso, Amanda Bohne, Chiara de Silva, Nicole Markland, Dasharah Green, Eufemia Baldassarre, and Sophia van Hees.

At Hikma, we are committed to supporting emerging scholars and practitioners through our internships, made possible with the generous support of our partners and funders. The following organizations have supported this podcast by funding past and present members of the Hikma team. We thank them for their investment in creative, outstanding people who have enriched and amplified our work.