This album reflects my journey home: a place of freedom and peace with myself and my creator. A place of full acceptance of who I am, and who I was created to be with all my imperfections and gifts; a place of belonging. It is my hope that it inspires, comforts and lifts you up.
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION: BE THE BRIDGE
"We are all products of our respective stories. The better we understand and accept the complexities and imperfections within our own stories, the better we can recognize outsiders within our stories and begin co-creating new stories of belonging for all." -Parfait Bassalé
WHAT I DO
Help individuals and organizations build relational bridges.
Through artful facilitation, interpersonal neuroscience, and transformative storytelling, Parfait demystifies the constructs of diversity, inequity and othering and helps audiences become active players in fostering belongingness. He has worked with thousands of youth, educators and professionals across the globe.
The key to belonging
To foster belonging, three conditions must be met. First, one must understand one's own story of socialization in order to recognize the outsiders within that story. Second, one must intentionally solicit from outsiders the stories that humanize them and reveal their barriers to belonging. Third, one must become an active player in co-creating a new story of collaboration with outsiders.
"Because of my life journey as an immigrant, I am often an outsider in most spaces I navigate.
However, every time I have felt at home somewhere, It took a person to notice me, invite me and together we co-created a space where we could both be our authentic selves."
HOW I DO IT
Parfait Bassalé is the consummate storyteller, educator and performer. With expertise and experience in interpersonal neurobiology and empathy his talks and workshops are engaging, informational and inspirational.
Parfait Bassalé provides professional speaking and coaching services for a variety of exceptional partners. Learn more about who Parfait has worked with below, and get in touch to book your own speaking or coaching engagement.
Association of Washington Cities
Washington State Board of Education
Thurston Chamber of Commerce
Thurston Economic Development Council
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
City of Olympia
Olympia Federal Savings
Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference
2020 Washington State Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
US State Department: Young African Leaders Initiative
Thurston Regional Planning Council
Experience Olympia & Beyond
Portland State University
Seattle Children's Hospital
University of Oregon
Beaverton School District
Portland Public Schools
Edmonds Community College
Portland Community College
Multnomah County library
South Puget Sound Community College
Tumwater Fire Department
Association of International Schools in Africa
Le Monde French Immersion Public Charter School
Bonneville Federal Power Plant
Parfait would love to collaborate with you - get in touch!
With a unique ability to connect with each and every audience, Parfait is an effective communicator and well-renowned speaker. Take a look below to see actual testimonials from previous audiences.
Wayne Scott, Therapist
OK, let me get the main news out there right away: He sings. Not just sings, but sings beautifully. And it's connected to his overall message of increasing empathy, dismantling otherness, and spreading peace. At Multnomah County we heard about Parfait first through word-of-mouth, the employee buzz, and people asking us, "Can you get Parfait to do a workshop here?" We set him up to do two on "Transforming Otherness through Empathy," and they immediately filled up with wait lists, and we added three more. The response has been enthusiastic. Parfait has a unique skill set: deep knowledge about the neurobiology of otherness and empathy and what gets in the way of people being more compassionate and the magical tool of his music, which touches people's hearts, shifts thinking, and really moves them. I recommend him to any organization with enthusiasm.