The Voice on Fire Interview Series

The Voice on Fire Interview Series

Interviews with emerging Change Agents, 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

November 30, 2021 45 min

From international student in 2013, to potential Shire Councillor in 2020, Farhat Firdous is a true Action Taker.  

As a recent migrant to Australia, she experienced many of the sadly common experiences of loneliness, 'otherness', isolation, and that sense of being different, often felt by immigrants. Fortunately, Farhat was studying in the Mental Health field and was able to understand the stories of her clients.   When he...

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Prakash Koirala is a true Change Agent.   

This often-awarded, and highly regarded financial literacy educator has made it his life's work to ensure that future generations around the world are able to have important conversations around money.   In 2017 he established Finlit Nepal, to teach basic personal finance to low-income and vulnerable Nepalese communities. 

Though running workshops and providing important information, h...

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Andrea Putting is founder of Chocolate and Coffee Day for Religious Harmony, and the regular community-based Chocolate and Coffee Breaks. Moved by a tragic terrorist incident that devastated Sydney and Australia, Andrea chose to step into her own discomfort to explore how to bring others together, to speak, share stories, and break down barriers.   

Through Chocolate and Coffee Day for Religious Harmony, and Chocolate and Coffee Br...

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Lauren Schuivens is a certified Meditation & Mindfulness instructor trained by Buddhist Monks in Thailand.  She is Founder of Samavira, the international pure-form meditation, with visions to create the first-ever internationally franchised meditation brand.   

Lauren's mission is to facilitate people’s transformations – helping them to  release life blockages by shifting their mindset and habits, through mindfulness practi...

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Coby Liew is an experienced psychotherapist and mental health practitioner with a passion for life, health, and healing. As the Founder of UNSPOKENStory.org, Coby aims to change the social conditioning around how men are taught to express or suppress their emotions. He helps men to share their deeply personal, and often never-before shared stories about their emotional journeys, through safe-space interviews.

Several of these stori...

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Naveen Toshniwal, an esteemed practitioner of Graphoanalysis and Graphotherapy, had his initial introduction to Graphotherapy from his father, during Naveen's time in College.  Through the encouragement of his family and friends, he enhanced his knowledge through studying online courses and began to pursue his passion as a part time professional.   

In the many intervening years, Naveen has established himself as a renowned exp...

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Gauri Das is a Possibilitarian, a ardent speaker, and Founder of Lean-in circle.   

Passionate about women empowerment, Gauri leads the Lean-in Circle called Leaders Lifting Leaders.   She was recently recognised in the top 10 powerful women in HR, and has spoken in multiple national and international forums including TEDx.  Gauri is the Lead Membership for Professional Speakers Associations of India, Mumbai chapter (PSAI).  

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During a period of rapid change and deep pain in 2004, Michelle Marchan Webb discovered Yoga. Self healing and self discovery soon emerged and in recent years, Michelle immersed herself in Yoga teachings, with a focus upon Trauma Release, Breathwork, and Transformative heart space healings through offerings to bring deep lasting inner peace.  

Michelle has undertaken considerable Yoga education including her first 200-hour training...

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Dr Bunmi Aboaba is a Recovery Coach specialising in Food Addiction, helping clients to achieve a healthy relationship with food to meet long-term health goals.   

Dr Bunmi’s work covers the full spectrum of disordered eating, including overeating, compulsive eating, emotional eating, addicted eating and other associated patterns.   

Dr Bunmi is also creator of the first Certified Food Addiction Certification to support nutritionist...

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Jessie Liew is Founder of Digital Parenting Coaching.  

As a mother of young pre-teen children ranging in age from 5yo twins to an 11yo, and as a cybersecurity expert, she also has to face the same task as all parents; that of rearing safe and responsible digital children.  

We are living in a digital era, and hence we need new skills to parent our children. Parents in the era of Google can no longer simply rely on the way their pa...

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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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