Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 5: Payam Zamani

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode I interview Payam Zamani, Iranian-born entrepreneur and philanthropist living in San Francisco. He tells me about his escape from Iran to the United States, his early religious experiences as a Baha’i, including the discrimination he experienced in Iran, his family’s pioneering journeys in different countries, his humble beginnings, switching careers, becoming a business owner and his desire to find the spirit of service in his work, plus a lot more. Payam is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of One Planet Ops and the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of

To explore the Baha’i Teachings website click here and to learn more about Payam’s company you can visit One Planet Ops website. You can also follow Payam on Twitter.

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Thanks for listening!

-Rainn Wilson

About the Author

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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Discussion 2 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed being introduced to this co-founder of – one of my favorite websites – and hearing his inspiring backstory. I was also happy to hear the full quote from Rainn of the four human qualities that Bahá’u’llah extolled. And I was glad to get Payam’s recommendation for the Priceless Pearl, a book I haven’t read yet, which is now next on my list.

    BTW guys, I’ve heard the story that when the Guardian was still convalescing from his breakdown, he had a vision of ‘Abdu’l Bahá commanding him, “March! March! March!” Can anyone tell me the provenance of that story?

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