The Voice on Fire Interview Series

The Voice on Fire Interview Series

Interviews with emerging Change Makers, Difference Makers, Life Influencers, and Action Takers; people that have created something, founded something, curated something that has positive impact locally, nationally, and even across our Global Village.

Episodes

April 29, 2021 46 min

Evelyn is a powerful voice on the Nigerian social and community landscape.  

Evelyn's mission is to be The Voice for the Voiceless, in a country that has known corruption, political fraud and military rule. Nigerian people have endured incredible hardship, and Evelyn works hard to ensure a 'Do No Harm" approach is taken when she brings parties to the table to engage in essential conversations around change, for Women, G...

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On the streets of South Los Angeles one day, Elvis Summers encountered and eventually befriended a homeless woman named Smokie who collected recyclables in the area. To Elvis, Smokie represented a living example of the inequity in greater Los Angeles, a hugely populated city.  To provide her with safety, security, and basic comfort, Elvis built her a mobile emergency tiny shelter.   

Soon after, Elvis was receiving hundreds of e-ma...

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In 1998 Leif Cocks founded and became President of The Orangutan Project. 

His journey into the world of the critically endangered Orangutans followed his formal Masters of Science academic qualification, and he now lectures at Universities, sharing valuable messages with youth to encourage them to seek within to find self-love, and experience the power of working together to achieve positive conservative efforts.   

He also publis...

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Some of the darkest moments in life can be turning points for people. 

For Sizol Fuyana, that was definitely the case. Facing the fear and emerging through it, Sizol soon realised that being of service to others was her focus, and by asking the right questions of herself, she turned her life around. 

Sizol is now the Executive Director of Fuyana Support, a youth-oriented consultancy firm, offering unique consultancy options when wo...

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Dr David Vaughan, the Founder of "Plant a Million Corals" is an active aquaculture scientist with a Ph.D in Botany and Plant Physiology, based in the Florida Keys, in the United States of America.  

With his extensive involvement in oceanic research, including various sea creatures, David has also worked alongside the great Cousteau family - Jacques Cousteau's grandson.   

In this interview you will hear David speak abo...

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Robert was born on the boarder of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, in Uganda, to an impoverished family where hunting and poaching were considered normal. Attempting to survive alongside the forest, their crops were often eaten and destroyed by wild animals, and killing these animals and hunting for food was part of daily life.

To protect crops, children often stayed home from school to guard them. Robert’s schooling was affected...

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Adam Drake's passion for change centres around the Mind, Body, and Spirit, and his company Balanced Choice offers a range of programs, specifically for young people in the Youth Justice system, and generally in the community through private organisations.   

From alcoholic, to Balanced Choice Program Founder, Adam knows first hand the importance of listening, loving, and choosing pathways for self-care, while helping others to ...

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From Humanitarian Aid Worker, to first woman as Head of Office of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in an Iranian office, Rana Ebrahimi is a woman driven by a passion for helping others in emergency and crisis situations.  

Rana's lived and professional experience, working with United Nations agencies and international NGOs has taught her the value of communicating and negotiating for positive peace and developmen...

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Lilian Dibo Eyong is a truly inspiring young woman. 

A 26 year old polio survivor, Lilian faced her early struggles with determination, even during the difficult times. School was challenging for her, given her mobility issues. Yet, she aspired to study. 

The Cameroonian Civil War put a stop to her University Accounting studies. In those three years since the beginning of the Anglophone Crisis, Lilian endured even more hardship, &a...

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In this interview, I have the pleasure of chatting with Michael Earle, an award-winning Wellbeing Consultant, Speaker, & Trainer.   

With over 12 years experience, not only is Michael a qualified Children and Families Social Worker, he also works as a Complex Needs Practitioner, for a Mental Health Charity, supporting male clients from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.    

Michael knows how difficult life can becom...

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Guest: Alexis (Lexi) Stergakis. 

In 2018 Alexis founded the Queer Here project. Queer Here is a digital story-recording project produced by a collective of queer activists dedicated to documenting queer cultures, histories, and stories from across the globe.   Lexi is a queer-identifying researcher and multi-media documentarist recording issues that explore the intersection of gender and social justice, documenting and developing a...

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Cameron Brown was introduced to the gift of music as a child, learning to play the piano. Little did he know it would come to feature in his world in a compelling and unique way.  

Throughout his life, Cameron has discovered the value in asking "Is it possible?" and discovering that by "getting out of his own way", the question is reframed into, "how can I make that possible?" 

He certainly has made amazing ...

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As a police officer, Clint Adams had witnessed many troubling acts of humanity.  He knows what it takes to be a member of the Force.   

Clint has also studied psychology and rehabilitation, has extensive insights into the psycho-social interactions of individuals in difficult situations, and now heads behavioural and leadership programs for people experiencing PTSD, bullying and harassment and is now an Executive Coach and Consulta...

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"If not me, who? If not now, when?" 

Few people, at age 15, can list in their accomplishments becoming CEO of an organisation they have founded. 

Fewer can claim to have established events, programs and online Summits across the three years as CEO.  

Wil Massara, now 18 and having only six months ago completed Year 12 (the final year of secondary schooling in Australia) is one such young man. As a self-confessed problem-sol...

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"Imagine the trickle of a water source, emerging high up on a beautiful green mist coloured mountain top, a fresh water stream commencing its journey, initially taking the path of least resistance, growing, gaining strength, eventually becoming a powerful river carving its own path of invincibility on its way to its marriage with the ocean or sea."  

This could easily describe Jason Nelson’s successful careers in the Royal ...

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In this interview, my guest is Carly Stanley, CEO and Founder of Deadly Connections - Community and Justice Services Inc, NSW.   

As a proud Wiradjuri Woman, Carly was raised in a large Aboriginal family who faced their own difficulties and challenges. Carly experienced trauma during her childhood which effected her throughout her young adult life.   
Her personal experience, her professional expertise, and additionally her Masters...

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From New Age Rebirther, to Army Special Forces, and Antarctic Explorer,  Sean McBride's story is a fascinating journey into both self, and the world around him.  

He is an evolutionary anthropologist, looking at how our evolution over the last few hundred thousand years affects how we think and act today.  He is also an expert on Antarctica and the impact of climate change upon the Antarctic region. Sean is currently learning t...

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If you want to understand "determination", tune into this Voice on Fire conversation with Joshua Pelland.  

This pragmatic Canadian athlete knew what life and death was about throughout his military career, as a British Royal Marine Commando, and as part of the Special Operations Units, in some of the most difficult environments.   

It was while he was out enjoying his passion for rock climbing, alone and manipulating the r...

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I interviewed Sophie Sherwin, a UK author, blogger, writer and Life mentor who specialises in helping women who are held back from completing their stories, adventures and uniqueness so they are stuck and frustrated. Sophie moves them through limitations and fear to love and embrace life and feel excitement and freedom everyday.

She mixes psychology, coaching and spiritual practices to allow women to give themselves permission to b...

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Becoming a Mum is a life-changing experience.  

Giving birth to a daughter was even more life-changing for Elisa Tidswell, because it was instrumental in helping her find her voice, make change and realise the importance of being an empowered role model for her daughter.   

In this interview, Elisa shares what lead to her founding Such a Gritty Girl, an educational platform for women, girls and families, which she operates along wi...

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