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Akilah S. Richards is an author, content writer, and podcaster. Her liberation-focused work
explores strategies designed to help people leave or change the environments where they do not
feel free or safe as themselves. She is an intersectional feminist writer with a keen focus on
amplifying the spectrum of Black and Brown people’s voices in the Self-Directed Education
Akilah has given keynotes, breakout sessions, and workshops on radical self-expression,
personal leadership, and writing on college campuses and women’s summits/conferences in the
US and on her home island, Jamaica. She has been featured in Essence and Real Simple
magazines, and has written for MyBrownBaby.com, ScaryMommy.com, TinyBuddha.com,
ForHarriet.com, and EverydayFeminism.com, among others.
Akilah and her husband are digital nomads who live an unschooled life with their two daughters.
She stands in service as a board member for Greening Youth Foundation and the The Alliance
for Self-Directed Education.
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Peter Gray, Ph.D., research professor at Boston College, is author of Free to Learn (Basic Books, 2013) and Psychology (Worth Publishers, a college textbook now in its 7th edition). He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology.
He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus primarily on children’s natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play.
His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.