Meg Bolger is a social justice facilitator, passionate about creating resources, workshops, and projects that lead us towards a more beautiful and socially just world.
Meg Bolger is a social justice facilitator focusing on creating resources, trainings, and projects that lead us towards a more beautiful world. Meg is the founder of Same Team, an organization focused facilitating trainings for folks looking to start and deepen their social justice work and conversations. Meg is also the co-creator of The Safe Zone Project a free online resource focused on LGBTQ+ inclusion education. They are also a huge facilitation geek. They have co-author of Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation and co-founded FacilitatingXYZ a free-online resource for all facilitators.
Meg graduated from Hamilton College and from Bowling Green State and currently lives in Seattle. Meg enjoys doing work locally as well as all over the US and worrying Southwest flight attendants that they aren't old enough to sit in the exit row.
MORE ABOUT ME!
Hey there, Meg here. This is the section where I stop talking about myself in the third person (as if I didn't write this website) and start talking in the first.
For as long as I can remember I've been fascinated and horrified by inequality, injustice, and oppression, even before I can remember ever consciously understanding how those things affected me.
One of my earliest memories of injustice was feeling it was truly unfair that kids with less money got less presents on Christmas than wealthy children. I remember watching the movie Erin Brockovich and being horrified by it as some would experience a horror movie. The idea that corporate greed and motivation to make money could be prioritized by dozens of people over the health of other human beings horrified me to my core (and still does). I was about 12 when I watched it and I feel this really explains a lot about me.
When I was 20 years old I attended an LGBTQ+ 101 training and was overwhelmed by how transformative it was to watch people learn about such an important subject, to watch them feel more free. I asked the facilitator how could I get into these sorts of trainings and the rest has been history. Since then all I have wanted to do is run workshops and facilitate experiences that help move us down the path of liberation and make us all feel a little less anxious and a little more free.
Since 2015 I have been doing just that, sometimes relying on living in my friends spare rooms in order to make it possible for me to do this work in ways that align with my values including accessibility and anti-capitalism. I feel incredibly proud of the work that I have put into the world and am excited to continue to work on so many projects and with so many people on meaningful work that I feel called to.
WHAT I BELIEVE
I believe people are inherantly good and want to be good to each other.
I believe that the world and life is a gift.
I believe we all have gifts to share back with the world and each other.
I believe gratitude, wonder, and appreciation come naturally.
I believe that things that come naturally don't always come easily.
I believe that all beings have inherent value and worth.
I believe the profound truths are paradoxical.
I believe that we all have the capacity to help contribute to the transformation of society and the world, that we all already have the information we need to do it when taken as a collective.
OTHER THINGS THAT WOULD GO ON A CV
I serve as the Vice Chair on the board for Skate Like A Girl a non-profit that looks to create a more inclusive community through leadership, social justice, and the sport of skateboarding.
have presented at the AEE International conference (Association of Experiential Education) every year since 2012 on topics related to social justice, sexuality and gender inclusion, and facilitation. In 2015 I did an ActivatEE (AEE's version of a TED talk) on "Why we do social justice work - shame, vulnerability, and empathy building." And in 2019 I was the keynote speaker for AEE and did a talk called "I believe facilitation can change the world."
I have worked with companies and communities ranging from international tech firms to the Waldorf school down the street. From rural nature education centers to start ups in NYC. I've learned a lot from all of them, mostly, that we're all trying to make a difference in our own little way in our little world.