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Erfan Daliri

Erfan Daliri is a social change trainer, speaker and consultant with a background in community development and a Masters in Communication for Social Change. He is the director of Newkind Social Justice Conference, a campaign advisor to Amnesty International Australia, and he works with NGOs, individuals and activism groups in Australia, to support their change-making efforts. His latest book, Raising Humanity, outlines pathways to socio-economic and environmental justice that address the underlying issues.

The Power of the Spoken Word

When I first started writing poetry, I really wasn’t aware of what I was doing, or why I was doing it; other than the fact that I was bored out of my wits in the middle of an engineering lecture. At the time, I hadn’t heard of the “spoken word scene, I’d never picked up a book of poetry to read, and I had no idea there was such a thing as the national poetry slam. I was just passing time in lectures.

It’s fair to say I wasn’t very passionate about being an engineer, and I certainly had no ambitions of performing poetry or publishing a book. But as it turns out, and without even realising how it came to be, that’s exactly what happened. Little did I know a pathway of service was beginning to show itself to me. Continue reading