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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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EBBF Podcast Episode 15: Unifying Leadership That Goes Beyond Gender

In this episode of EBBF’s podcast series called ‘Discovering How’, we discover traits of emerging leadership styles. New strategies inspire new questions like: How can we redefine success to embrace the true nature of humanity and challenge the predominant assumption that competition, exclusivity and individualism are necessary to be successful? What would happen if we moved beyond categories like gender and other under-represented groups and instead viewed ourselves through a lens of coherence across the range of human identity? As we evolve towards the achievement of the equality of women and other marginalised groups what questions are not being asked? EBBF board member Wendi Momen offers her thoughts on this and other issues.

Mary Darling, the co-owner of Westwind pictures, executive producer of the highly successful series Little Mosque in the Prairie, shares her ideas working in a male-dominated industry and asks: What happens when we bring feminine leadership into directing a movie or leading a workgroup?
How do we ensure that we really hear diverse voices and when do we know when the right level of diversity is present in order to make the best decisions?  Continue reading

Celebrating 300 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions Around the World!

I’m super excited to be sharing the news that Baha’i Blog has just hit another massive milestone of having published 300 Studio Sessions so far! (Woohoo!)

There are so many wonderful songs I’d love to share, and I encourage you all to go to the Studio Sessions playlist and play them all, but for now, we thought a good way to celebrate this achievement would be to list one example from each of the locations we’ve filmed in, and then list one example from each of the languages represented so far as well. Continue reading

“Fate che il vostro cuore (Let Your Heart)” by Naim & Friends

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Genoa, Italy, with Naim and Friends singing “Fate che il vostro cuore (Let Your Heart)” in Italian, and based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Fate che il vostro cuore (Let Your Heart)” by Naim & Friends [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Genoa, Italy, with Naim and Friends singing “Fate che il vostro cuore (Let Your Heart)” in Italian, and based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

The Badi Collection: New Baha’i-inspired Planners based on the Badi Calendar

A couple of months ago, two young Baha’is based in Melbourne, Australia named Tanisha and Tina, set out to design a planner like no other. They wanted Baha’is to have access to a planner based on the Baha’i calendar (known as the Badi calendar) on a daily basis, so this month, they’ve launched their own brand called ‘Fire & Gold‘, with the 2021 Badi Collection of planners being their very first product.

I got in touch with Tanisha and Tina to find out more about Fire and Gold, and particularly about their Badi planners: Continue reading

“Midnight Prayer” by Ann-Sofie Wensbo [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Stockholm, Sweden, with Ann-Sofie Wensbo singing “Midnight Prayer”, based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Breaking the Chains: New Animation About Historical Role Baha’is Played in Bringing Education to Girls in 1900s Iran

We’re excited to share a new animation called ‘Breaking the Chains: The Story of the Girls School in Iran‘, an animated short film which tells the historical role Baha’is played in bringing education to girls in Iran in the early 1900s. The animation explains how in the early 1900s, only 5% of the population of Iran had access to basic writing skills, and knowledge of the sciences were kept exclusively to men. Breaking this cycle of oppression was no small feat, and that’s when Tahirih and Abdu’l-Baha come into the story.

The animation is in both English and Persian/Farsi, and it was made by my dear Brazilian-Persian friend, Director and Producer Flavio Azm Rassekh, in collaboration with PersianBMS.

I caught up with Flavio to find out more about it, and here’s what he shared: Continue reading