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Divergent polymath, culture architect, and multi-hyphenate artist Julián Esteban Torres López applies his 25+ years of global experience in numerous fields to help organizations, changemakers, and artists explore, imagine, transform, innovate, and create beyond socially constructed boundaries.

Qualitative Inquiry Journalism

Trauma-informed explorations of our humanity
Interviews + Conversations
Trauma-Informed Personal Stories Archives

Selection

Interviews + Conversations

Hosted, written, and produced by Julián Esteban Torres López, The Nasiona Podcast centers, elevates, and amplifies the personal stories of those Otherized by systems of oppression and dominant cultures.

The Nasiona Podcast

with Julián Esteban Torres López

 

The Nasiona Podcast centers, elevates, and amplifies the personal stories of those Otherized by systems of oppression and dominant cultures. Hosted, edited, and produced by Julián.

 

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Julián has conducted dozens of interviews and conversations for The Nasiona‘s magazine and podcast. Some have already been published, while others are forthcoming.

     Julián is known for his trauma-informed explorations of our humanity. Julián and his The Nasiona Podcast guests examine existential concerns with compassion, care and nuance through a decolonial lens. These conversations investigate our dehumanizations, and our journeys toward validation, liberation, transformation, empowerment, redesigning, rebuilding, and healing… toward regaining authority over our own authenticities.

     Julián’s engaging, in-depth, long-form conversations with experts, creatives, social justice activists, culture leaders, and change makers to critically analyze numerous topics, such as incarceration and prison abolition; institutionalized racism, sexism, xenophobia; immigration and diaspora; adoption; disability, chronic illness, and mental health; womanhood and trauma; systemic barriers of entry in storytelling industries; memoir writing; minimalism; being mixed-race; intersectionality; colorism; colonialism; conflict resolution; Third Culture Kids; Latinidad; multiculturalism; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and much more.

     He’s currently producing a 10-part podcast series for the Women’s National Book Association’s Authentic Voices Program on women of color writers’ authentic voices, as well as co-producing an ongoing series with journalist and author Nicole Zelniker on disability, mental health, and chronic conditions. Both series will be out in 2022.

     Julián’s interviews can also be found in culture and history archives and museums, such as the Fernando González Museum and Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Latino Center.

     Find below a selection of these trauma-informed explorations of our humanity, conducted by Julián.     

Natalie Obando, National President of Women’s National Book Association.
Robin Gow, Editor | Author.
Christine Cariño, Founder & Managing Partner of Conscious Thrive.
Joe Sparkman, Grammy Award-winning Music Producer; District Activist Leader for National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
JL Torres, Professor | Author.
Angela Rideau, Poet & Podcaster.
Kanchan Gautam, Third Culture Kid | Explorer of Nepali identity.
Maris Lidaka, Filmmaker | Founder of The Blended Future Project.
Beth Chin, Author of Being Mixed.
Dr. Robin Harwick, Scholar | Writer | Founder of The Pearl Remote Democratic High School.
Dr. Kimberly Douglass, Scholar | Thought Leader | Visionary of The Neurodivergent Community on Discord.
Carlos Carrasco, Actor | Filmmaker | Director of the Panamanian International Film Festival.
Dr. Parisa Mehran, Racial Equity Advocate | Founder of  Women of Color in English Language Teaching.
Vanessa Weathers, Experience Designer | Founder & Principal Consultant at Conscious Employee Experiences.
Gustavo A. Restrepo Villa, Executive Director of Corporación Otraparte.
Tamara Jong, Writer and Artist.
Alexandra Meda, Artistic Director for Teatro Luna | Culture Producer.
Liza Ann Acosta, Teatro Luna Member | Educator | University Dean.
Christina Igaraividez, Actor | Storyteller | Producer | Content Creator.
Ra Avis, Prison Abolitionist | Poet | Award-Winning Blogger.
Carl Boon, Poet | Educator.
Tori Reid, Podcaster | co-Founder of Victory & Noble.
Patrick A. Howell, Author | co-Founder of Victory & Noble.
Lisa D. Gray, Writer | Founder of Our Voices, Our Stories SF.
Yaldaz Sadakova, Journalist | Author | Creator of Foreignish.net.
Aïcha Martine Thiam, Artist | Wordsmith | co-Founder of The Nasiona
Sylvia Salazar, Immigrant | Political Activist | Founder of Tono Latino.
Colette Ghunim, Filmmaker | co-Founder of Mezcla Media Collective.
Irma Herrera, Playwright | Lawyer | Journalist | Activista.
Su Su Maung, Poet | Founder of Citta Consultancy.
Ron Sunog, MD, Author | Pediatrician.
Leah Whetten-Goldstein, Transracial adoptee | Doctor of Law.
Nicole Zelniker, Journalist | Author | Activist.
Mireya S. Vela, Author | Researcher | Artist.
John Donaldson, Int’l Master | Chess Writer | Journalist | Coach | Historian.

Interviews/conversations Julián already conducted and recorded and are in the episodes’ post-production stage.

Devi S. Laskar
Alaa Al-Barkawi
Amber Blaeser-Wardzala
L. Iyengar
Yemimah
Cecilia Caballero
Arao Ameny
✔ Dr. Mansa Bilal Mark King
✔ Dinah Chaudoir Federer
Naomi Raquel Enright (returning guest)
Aïcha Martine Thiam (returning guest)
✔ Joe Sparkman (returning guest)

Like The Nasiona Podcast, Julián Esteban Torres López founded The Nasiona Magazine to center, elevate, and amplify the personal stories of those Otherized by systems of oppression and dominant cultures.

     Find below a selection of these trauma-informed explorations of our humanity, conducted by Julián.     

Foreignish: Interview with Yaldaz Sadakova

by Julián Esteban Torres López

 

The Nasiona Magazine, Issue 1 | Aug 2018.

 

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Search for an Honest Man: Interview with Adriaan Alsema of Colombia Reports

by Julián Esteban Torres López

 

The Nasiona Magazine, Issue 4 | Nov 2018

 

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La Loca Del Kuuchamaa: Interview with Mireya Vela

by Julián Esteban Torres López

 

The Nasiona Magazine, Issue 3 | Oct 2018.

 

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The Tall, Tall Tales of Heidi Harris

by Julián Esteban Torres López

 

The Nasiona Magazine, Issue 6 | Jan 2019.

 

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Memory Unfolded: Interview with John Z. Guzlowski

by Julián Esteban Torres López

 

The Nasiona Magazine, Issue 2 | Sept 2018.

 

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When You Rise: Interview with Jim Cavan

by Julián Esteban Torres López

 

The Nasiona Magazine, Issue 2 | Sept 2018.

 

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Nepali Chhori: Interview with Richa Pokhrel

by Julián Esteban Torres López

 

The Nasiona Magazine, Issue 2 | Sept 2018.

 

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Selection

Trauma-Informed Personal Stories Archives

Since 2018, The Nasiona has been archiving trauma-informed personal stories from those individuals who’ve been Otherized by and who are survivors of systems of oppression and dominant cultures. Below are the different series The Nasiona has thus far preserved.

• Intersectional Identities Autobiographical Storytelling Series (forthcoming)
• Spanish-English Autobiographical Storytelling Series (forthcoming)
• West Indian Autobiographical Storytelling Series (forthcoming)
Disability, Mental Health, & Chronic Conditions Series
WOC Writers’ Authentic Voices Series
BIPOC Music + Spoken Word Series
Womanhood & Trauma Series — “Give Us a Smile”
Togetherness, Untogetherness: Stories on Human Connection and Disconnection
Being LGBTQIAA+ Series
Diaspora & Immigration Series
Being Latina/e/o/x Series
Being Mixed-Race Series

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Julián Esteban Torres López (he/him/él) is a bilingual, Colombia-born storyteller, public scholar, and culture architect with Afro-Euro-Indigenous roots. Some of his other intersectional identities also inform his work, such as: atheist, multiply neurodivergent, formerly an undocumented immigrant, (non-visibly) disabled, chronic mental health conditions, Latine/o/x. 

Learn more about Julián…

SERVICES

With over two decades’ experience in community development and advancing social justice on the ground and in academic, corporate, and nonprofit settings, Julián is available for consulting, public talks, keynotes, workshops, training, coaching, mentorship, and interviews.

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Julián is also available to partner with others to advocate for and center, elevate, and amplify the voices, experiences, and concerns of survivors of oppressive systems and dominant cultures.

JULIÁN ESTEBAN
TORRES LÓPEZ
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Divergent polymath, culture architect, and multi-hyphenate artist Julián Esteban Torres López applies his 25+ years of global experience in numerous fields to help organizations, changemakers, and artists explore, imagine, transform, innovate, and create beyond socially constructed boundaries.

The Nasiona

Julián is the founder of The Nasiona, a movement and multi-media platform that centers, elevates, and amplifies the personal stories of those Otherized by systems of oppression and dominant cultures.

We believe that the subjective can offer its own reality and reveal truths some facts cannot discover.​

Our work centers decolonization, liberation, empowerment, healing, and transformation. Through our magazinepodcastpublishing housementorship program, music series, live events, along with other initiatives and partnerships, we strive to humanize the Other.

The Nasiona Podcast

Renowned for his trauma-informed explorations of the nature-nurture of being, Julián and his The Nasiona Podcast guests examine existential concerns with compassion, care, and nuance through a decolonial prism.

These are engaging, in-depth, long-form conversations with creatives, changemakers, experts, culture architects, and justice activists that investigate our humanity, creativity, and journeys toward liberation.

Conscious Thrive

As the managing director of consulting and strategy at Conscious Thrive, Julián strives to bring back the HUMAN at the center of business relationships. We help you embody diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging from an inside-out approach — holding the whole human and individual as part of the whole.

We work with companies that have already committed to doing the work and have started implementing strategies and initiatives toward their commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment within their companies and external influences.

We offer consulting, workshops & training, and coaching.

To connect with us, schedule a free intro call: click here.

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