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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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The Newkind Festival: An Immersive Conference About Social Action

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Erfan Daliri, a Baha’i living in Australia who’s an educator, author, event director and an internationally toured spoken word artist. I had heard Erfan’s ‘Unfazed‘ performance at the Sydney Theatre Company, and when I got to meet him, he told me all about an awesome new initiative he had started called the Newkind Festival, an immersive six day conference in Tasmania, Australia, that brings together thought leaders, innovators, pioneers and inspirational speakers from around the world to build capacity, and inspire participants to make a positive impact on society.

I decided to catch up with Erfan to hear some more about the festival and here’s what he had to say: Continue reading

EBBF Podcast Episode 4: Transitioning Towards the Spiritual Enterprise

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as EBBF, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote and moral and spiritual wisdom and principles found in the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the great religious traditions of the world, such as the principles of justice, respect, trustworthiness, integrity and unity.

#discoveringhow is EBBF’s podcast series where you can hear personal experiences and insights from EBBF members — each episode offers you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.

In this fourth episode of EBBF’s #discoveringhow podcast we hear more about the function of spiritual values in companies. Doug Henck gives us practical examples from his career for applying spiritual values in complex global business environments. Marjo Lips-Wiersma new mandates for corporations for responsible conduct as well as profit. First Maja Groff shares her views on justice as a core principle supporting spiritual values.  Continue reading

5 Choirs, 1 Love: A Baha’i Choir Festival in Africa

I was excited when I heard about a recent choir festival that occurred in Johannesburg called “5 Countries, 1 Love”, which was a collaboration of five different choirs from around Africa, who came together to learn and share music with each other and the Baha’i community. They came from Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Africa. Hosted in South Africa by the Joburg Baha’i Choir, the festival was held at the Baha’i National Center in Johannesburg. You may have seen the Joburg Baha’i Choir before, as they participated in Baha’i Blog’s Studio Sessions with their songs “Be a Baha’i” and “O Thixo”, plus we also featured their “Usifiwe Naw Ruz” music video and their album, Homage.

A few friends who participated in the event told me how uplifting the festival was, so I decided to chat with Page, one of the festival participants, to find out more about it: Continue reading

Purposeful Parenting – A Talk by Dr Melanie Lotfali

The Gold Coast Baha’i Community in Australia hosts information evenings that seek to explore a Baha’i perspective on topics that relate to the life of society. In this talk given on 30 August, 2018 titled “Purposeful Parenting” we hear from Dr Melanie Lotfali about parenting at this challenging time in the history of humanity. She explores such questions as: What is the purpose of parenting? What does it mean to strive to fulfil the potential of our children? What kind of relationship do we want our children to have with the society around them? What value do we assign parenting at a time when the value of so many aspects of our lives is determined by their dollar value?

Drawing on the Teachings of the Baha’i Faith, along with recent scientific research, and personal experience from two decades of parenting, Dr Lotfali provokes reflection on the practical aspects of one of our most sacred responsibilities. Continue reading

Dreamer’s Sea: A Debut Album by Calla Kinglit

Many of you may have seen or heard of Calla Kinglit from her song on Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions called “No One But Thee” which actually happens to be the most popular song of our Studio Sessions series! Lots of people have been asking her for more in the comments section, and so here it is! I’m thrilled that Calla Kinglit’s debut album, called Dreamer’s Sea, is now available and it includes the studio version of “No One But Thee” as well.

I decided to catch up with Calla to find out more about her and her music, and her debut album:  Continue reading

Ready, Set, Go! The Timed Sketches of Ruha Fifita

My dear friend Ruha Fifita is one of those people whose smile lights up the room, and she just radiates love and positive energy everywhere she goes. Originally from Tonga and currently living in Australia, she was interviewed on the Cloud 9 podcast where she talked about some of her creative works using the Tongan art form known as “Ngatu”. Recently, I noticed that Ruha was posting these beautiful sketches relating to the Baha’i Writings on her Instagram page, and I had to find out more!

Ruha agreed to share a few of her drawings and to tell us about them and the unique way in which she challenges herself to do them.  Continue reading

73 Books & Literary Works Featured on Baha’i Blog So Far

Over the years, we’ve highlighted new Baha’i-inspired books and we’ve had the privilege of getting to know so many brilliant and creative writers! We’ve also been honoured to write about volumes of the Baha’i Writings, or about statements and books written by the Universal House of Justice. In honour of International Literary Day, we thought we’d celebrate all the books we’ve featured on Baha’i Blog so far. We hope this list, and the snippets of their accompanying articles or interviews, inspires you to add some of these titles to your reading lists!  Continue reading

109 New Baha’i Writings of Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha Now Available Online

The Baha’i World Centre has joyfully announced that its online Baha’i Reference Library now includes a feature that allows passages or Tablets from the Baha’i Faith’s Writings, which in the course of the work at the Baha’i World Centre are translated and prepared for publication, to be released online when they become available. In launching this new feature, 109 items are now available; these include selections from the works of Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha translated in English and Persian originals.  Continue reading

EBBF Podcast Episode 3: Evolution of Business – How It Lost and Needs to Regain Touch with Society

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as EBBF, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote and moral and spiritual wisdom and principles found in the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and the great religious traditions of the world, such as the principles of justice, respect, trustworthiness, integrity and unity.

#discoveringhow is EBBF’s podcast series where you can hear personal experiences and insights from EBBF members — each episode offers you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.

In Episode 3 of EBBF’s #discoveringhow podcast we will hear how maverick playwright, best selling author, Fullbright scholar and business school professor Dorothy Marcic sees the evolution of business over time. Wendi Momen explains a practical case of how a company reacted to global changes, putting their stakeholders first and how it paid off. Ralph Blundell reads EBBF member James Jennings’ article on how to integrate humanity into the operating system of a business.  Continue reading

An Interview with Jean Parker, Host of EBBF’s Podcast Series ‘Discovering How’

My friend Jean Parker is always in the midst of an exciting creative endeavour! She’s currently working on a book about constructive resilience and community economic enterprise, but one project that she recently completed is a podcast series called “Discovering How” for our friends at EBBF. EBBF stands for “Ethical Business Building the Future” and Jean was the host of its podcast series, skillfully curating and weaving together conversations that offer you stepping stones, fresh ideas, and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future. There are 17 episodes in all, and I was interviewed for the series, but I thought it was time to turn the microphone around and ask Jean to tell us more about herself and “Discovering How”. I hope you enjoy our conversation – and the podcasts!  Continue reading