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INCOGNITO the podcast

11 EpisodesProduced by Michael FosbergWebsite

Incognito the podcast is an exploration of inclusion, leadership and authenticity. Hosted by author, activist, and thought-leader Michael Fosberg, Incognito seeks to forge connections and uncover commonalities through meaningful conversations about identity. In individual reflections and candid disc… read more


Ep 7: The Generous Act Of Listening | Steve Edwards

This episode of INCOGNITO the podcast features Steve Edwards! Steve is an award-winning journalist, interviewer, and radio host whose work has appeared on numerous radio stations across the country. He was the Executive Director at The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, and is the current Managing Director at Koya Partners, identifying and strengthening leaders across the civic and nonprofit sectors. Steve and I discuss the developments in his career as a journalist, how to connect with others through asking questions, and why it is so important to truly listen to others to find the things that fundamentally unite us as humans.

Suggested tools:

-Be more interested in questions rather than answers, the “why” and “how”

-Ask yourself how you are showing up: Am I learning? Am I listening? Am I creating space?

-The generous act of listening is a full body experience, versus the sense of hearing

-Ask open-ended questions to invite someone to share and find connections to shared human experiences

-”When we become fearful we cease to become curious, when we become aggressive and argumentative we often become righteous and we stop learning”

-Difficult cycles are not broken with accumulations of more power, they are only broken by getting to a space of grace, understanding, and curiosity

Steve’s Media Recommendations:

The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese (Book)

Goodnight Oscar by Doug Wright and starring Sean Hayes (Play)


Thanks to Ned Doheny for providing our podcast music! You can find him and his music on Spotify.

Editing and co-production of this podcast by Farrah Sklar.

Email with questions or comments about the show!

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