Valarie Kaur

To access the universal, start with the particular. This is guest Valarie Kaur’s response to the question of how she’s able to access such profound and resonant themes and messages in her work. With this and more, Kaur, who leads the Revolutionary Love Project, talks about her writing process, the experience of delivering her popular TED talk, and her journey to becoming an author after years and years of being told her work didn’t matter. This episode beckons listeners to reach for their own ordinary courage and to see what blooms when it’s tended to.


Valarie Kaur is a renowned civil rights leader and celebrated prophetic voice who burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 40 million views worldwide. Valarie now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America. She is a lawyer, an innovator, an award-winning filmmaker, and an author of the amazing memoir and manifesto called See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, which expands on her incredibly powerful and emotional TED Talk. Valarie has been a regular TV commentator and contributor to so many major media outlets. The daughter of Sikh farmers in California’s heartland, Valarie earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School.

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