Post-Colonization and the Business World – Christopher Horsethief, Ep. 16

Christopher Horsethief is a research professor and organizational theorist who focuses on the group dynamics of collectively traumatized communities. Spending much of his career (and life) in Indigenous and First Nations communities along the Columbia River Tribes, including the Ktunaxa, Ksanka, Spokane, Colville, and Flathead. Christopher shared just some of his immeasurably deep expertise and experience with us on this episode. We discussed what post-colonization looks like for leaders in the business world, including fostering reconciliation and, of course, Christopher’s experience with punk, hardcore, and straight edge in his community.

On this episode we talk about:
• The difference between de-colonization and post-colonization
• What to do when you know things aren’t right
• Empathy and inclusion in economics and capitalism
• Becoming a change agent
• Economic development and sustainability
• How to open conversational space
• Performative awareness
• Connective leadership
• Taking back your name


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About our guest:

Christopher Horsethief is a social network analyst and organizational theory consultant specializing in complex social processes, collective intelligence, and post-traumatic community resilience. His professional endeavors have brought diverse theory into practice among several Columbia River Tribes. The result has been increased efficacy of Indigenous Ways, Native language revitalization, and First Nations mediated culture.

Christopher received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College, a M.A in Applied Economics from Washington State University’s School of Economic Sciences, and a Ph.D. from Gonzaga University’s Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies. His research has consistently explored functional similarities and divergences between Indigenous Ways of Knowing and the Western Scientific Method.


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