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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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Participation: The Role Each One of Us Can Play in the Advancement of Civilisation – Anton Jones

Member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia, Mr. Anton Jones, shares his thoughts on the importance of universal participation, and the role each one of us can play in the advancement of civilisation. This address was given at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019. Continue reading

Participation: The Role Each One of Us Can Play in the Advancement of Civilisation – Anton Jones [Audio]

Member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia, Mr. Anton Jones, shares his thoughts on the importance of universal participation, and the role each one of us can play in the advancement of civilisation. This address was given at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019. Continue reading

Fire and Light: An Album Dedicated to Baha’u’llah by Peter Held

German pianist and composer, Peter Held, has produced a nuanced jazz album of devotional music dedicated to Baha’u’llah in the bicentennial year of His Birth. The album is called Fire and Light and it contains 18 acoustic and instrumental piano tracks with titles such as “Traces of the Beloved” and “Morning Hour”.

Fire and Light isn’t Peter’s first devotional album. He also released Creation, on which Corinne Bahia sings a selection of Baha’i Writings in accompaniment with Peter’s piano music.

We decided to get in touch with Peter to find out more about his music and what inspired Fire and Light: Continue reading

Heroes Teaching Conference: Counsellor’s Keynote Address – Dr. Vahid Saberi

Member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for Australasia Dr. Vahid Saberi gave the opening keynote address at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019.

The Heroes Teaching Conference was a historic gathering of over 1,000 Baha’i adults, youth, junior youth and children, as well as some of their like-minded friends from all over Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Australia. Organised by the Regional Baha’i Council and Board of Counsellors, the program aimed to help its participants find their place in service to Baha’u’llah and humanity, by drawing on the heroism of the past, inspiring them to arise, through humble service, and become heroes of the Faith for this age. Continue reading

Heroes Teaching Conference: Counsellor’s Keynote Address – Dr. Vahid Saberi [AUDIO]

Member of the Continental Board of Counsellors for Australasia Dr. Vahid Saberi gave the opening keynote address at the Heroes Teaching Conference held in Brisbane, Australia, 6-7 April, 2019.

The Heroes Teaching Conference was a historic gathering of over 1,000 Baha’i adults, youth, junior youth and children, as well as some of their like-minded friends from all over Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Australia. Organised by the Regional Baha’i Council and Board of Counsellors, the program aimed to help its participants find their place in service to Baha’u’llah and humanity, by drawing on the heroism of the past, inspiring them to arise, through humble service, and become heroes of the Faith for this age. Continue reading

EBBF Podcast Episode 9: Personal Paths and Tools to Meaningful Work and Workplaces

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.

On today’s program we learn more about practical strategies some EBBF members use to find meaningful work or make their current work meaningful.
Alex Cabon explains how difficulties have prepared him to find meaningful work. Payam Zamani offers concrete examples of putting his company’s values into action. Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes talks about action labs, a methodology to interact explore and experiment with the application of meaningful ideas.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blog Shop Closing – Last Chance to Get Your Baha’i-Inspired T-Shirts!

After much reflection, the Baha’i Blog team has decided to close down the Baha’i Blog Shop in about 30 days, so it’s your last chance to get your limited edition Baha’i-inspired t-shirts, and help support Baha’i Blog!

Since Baha’i Blog’s inception eight years ago, we’ve been exploring how the Baha’i Faith translates into various avenues of media, whether it be through our written articles, our Studio Sessions musical series, our podcast series called the Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson, or our many other forms of Baha’i-inspired content. As a part of this exploration, a few years ago we decided to experiment with Baha’i-inspired content on worn apparel, with a focus on t-shirts. We asked ourselves questions like: “Do we print a t-shirt with a direct quotation from the Baha’i Writings on it, or should the words on the shirt be inspired by a quotation from the Baha’i Writings?”; “Do we print on the front of the shirt, or do we print on the back of the shirt?”, and also, “What sort of impact do these shirts have on those wearing them, and those around them?”. Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 35: Michael Karlberg

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’m sitting in a cabin in the woods with Michael Karlberg, as we take part in a Baha’i-inspired retreat for youth in White Salmon, Washington called Windstock. Michael is a professor of Communication Studies at Western Washington University, and he’s the author of ‘Beyond a Culture of Contest’, a book I often reference in my podcast. He tells me how he used to make acoustic guitars and how he became a Baha’i, and we talk about the power of media and how we need to rethink some of the fundamental assumptions we have about the world and how it’s moving forward. We discuss nonviolent social change through constructive and peaceful resilience, and the challenges of taking collective action. Michael shares how the Baha’i Faith is a radical movement which addresses change on both the individual and social level, and he explains the ways in which the Baha’is are working towards this. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! Continue reading

Highlights from the Heroes Teaching Conference 2019

This video highlights the Heroes Teaching Conference, an historic gathering of over 1,000 Baha’i adults, youth, junior youth and children, as well as some of their like-minded friends from all over Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Organised by the Regional Baha’i Council and Board of Counsellors, the program aimed to help its participants find their place in service to Baha’u’llah and humanity, by drawing on the heroism of the past, inspiring them to arise, through humble service, and become heroes of the Faith for this age. Continue reading

i24NEWS: The Volunteers of the Baha’i Shrine

i24NEWS released a short news video about volunteering at the Baha’i World Centre. i24NEWS is an Israeli international 24-hour news and current affairs television channel located in Tel Aviv, Israel. It broadcasts in French, English and Arabic. In this short video, we hear from some of the Baha’is serving at the Baha’i World Centre and how it has impacted their life.   Continue reading