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EBBF Podcast Episode 5: New Approaches to Diversity as a Key Resource to Your 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 episode we aim to understand more about the application of diversity in business. Payam Zamani offers his practical experience with various forms of diversity in his global tech startup company and Carl Emerson shares some wisdom about managing diversity in organizations. Arthur Dahl speaks about what we can learn about human diversity from what is found in nature.  Continue reading

10 Questions About the Future International Auxiliary Language

Many of us may have heard about Baha’u’llah’s call for the future adoption of an international auxiliary language. However, the implementation of the idea seems so far away that most of us haven’t thought much about the specific guidance on its implementation and the role it will play in society.

What do the terms “international auxiliary language” mean? Do we pick a language or create one? Will it be an organic process or a more intentional one? My aim with this article is to look through the Baha’i Writings for guidance and clues as to how Baha’u’llah envisioned the international auxiliary language and to answer 10 questions I had on the topic. I hope you will find my exploration interesting.  Continue reading

Cloud9: Barbara Talley’s Poetic Approach to Racial Unity

Cloud9 is a podcast produced by Baha’i Teachings. Its aim is to feature interviews with artists and discuss what inspires them to make a positive contribution to the world. In this episode, Baha’i Teachings’ arts editor Shadi Toloui-Wallace interviews American poet, keynote speaker, author and social justice activist Barbara Talley. Born into a large family, Barbara was exposed to poetry at a young age through her father. Her yearning for social justice and her poetry accompanied her on this search for truth. At the age of 12 Barbara discovered the powers of poetry in transforming and inspiring change in the people around her, a skill that continues to drives her work. Today, Barbara has published more than 1000 poems, and has written several books such as Superwoman Doesn’t Live Here AnymoreOn Track, On Fire, On Purpose; and Miner Miracles. Continue reading

Cloud9: A New Podcast Exploring the Baha’i Faith Through the Eyes of Artists

Our friends at Bahaiteachings.org have recently started a podcast called “Cloud9”, which shines a light on the artistry and creative process of artists around the world.

The host of the series is Shadi Toloui-Wallace, the Arts Editor of BahaiTeachings.org and an incredible artist in her own right. We’ve interviewed Shadi before about her music (such as her most recent album, Daughters of the Kingdom), and she was also a guest on the Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson. This time we wanted to hear more about Cloud9 and Shadi graciously obliged, so here’s what she shared with us:  Continue reading

“Show That Love” by Goleta Burriston & Sophie Nelson

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Hluboka nad Vltavou, in the Czech Republic with Goleta Burriston and Sophie Nelson who sing “Show That Love” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

“Show That Love” by Goleta Burriston & Sophie Nelson [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Hluboka nad Vltavou, in the Czech Republic with Goleta Burriston and Sophie Nelson who sing “Show That Love” based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Why the Wounds of Racism Take So Long to Heal

In this panel discussion, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Masud Olufani, an artist and activist from Atlanta (USA), and Maya Mansour, a model from Chicago (USA), talk with Iranian immigrant, Payam Zamani, about racism, immigration and why the wounds of racism take so long to heal. Their frank, challenging conversation cultivates a sense of urgency around healing issues of race—not just as a theoretical supposition, but as a living, breathing reality we can all own. Continue reading

Starting with Me: A Guidebook for Anyone Interested in Finding a Partner

A new resource for anyone thinking about finding a marriage partner is hot off the presses! Susanne Alexander, Johanna Merritt Wu, and Jeremy Lambshead teamed up to write a book called Starting with Me: Knowing Myself Before Finding a Partner. Its tagline is “9 transformative steps based on the Baha’i Faith’s teachings about relationships and marriage”. This fantastic book is inspired by the Baha’i Writings and draws on the authors’ collective experience as a marriage and relationship educator, psychologist, and writer respectively.

Susanne, Johanna, and Jeremy were happy to tell us how their book came together. Here’s what they shared with us:


Baha’i Blog: What inspired you to put this book together?

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BWNS: Counsellors’ Conversation on Spiritual Transformation and Social Change (Part 3)

Photo courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

Members of the Continental Boards of Counsellors joined in a conversation with the Baha’i World News Service in a podcast about the impact of spiritual and moral education programs offered by the Baha’i community on youth and the communities in which they live. In this podcast episode, Counsellors from Asia, the Americas, and Australasia explore the relationship between worship and service and discuss family life, community, and race unity.  Continue reading

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