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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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Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 56: William H. “Smitty” Smith

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 joined via zoom by Dr. William H. Smith, or “Smitty” as he’s affectionately known. Smitty is the Founding Executive Director of the National Center for Race Amity, and he’s truly lived an exceptional life. He talks to me about growing up during segregation, and shares how he became a Baha’i. We talk about the challenges of balancing social activism while trying to obey the law, and he stresses the importance and serious impact genuine friendships can have on creating justice and lasting social change. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! Continue reading

Ian Hallmond Interview at Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival [Audio Version]

This is the audio version of an interview from the Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival 2019, featuring photographer, and Ink of Light festival founder, Ian Hallmond.

Ink of Light is an annual festival that explores and celebrates the work of Baha’i writers and creatives, who all come together to share ideas, learn from one another, and celebrate creative expression. Continue reading

18 Baha’i Blog Studio Session Songs of Unity

Having just celebrated the fact that we’ve published over 300 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions so far, and seeing how the Studio Sessions have been such a beautiful example of the diversity of peoples and melodies around the world, we thought it would be great to share a number of Studio Session songs on the theme of “unity”!

So here are 18 Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions based on the theme of “unity”, and let us know if there are any we’ve missed in the Comments section below. Continue reading

“Everlasting Beauty” by Erik [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 Prince Edward Island, Canada with Erik Peterson singing “Everlasting Beauty” based on the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“Healing Prayer” by Xolani & Sanele [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 Manzini, Eswatini with Xolani Tsele and Sanele Nhlabatsi, singing “Healing Prayer”, based on a prayer by Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

EBBF Podcast Episode 16: Difficult but Worthwhile Paths Towards Meaningful Careers

The Ethical Business Building the Future organization, otherwise known as EBBF, is a not-for-profit that aims to promote 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.

In this episode we discover key decisions one should address when you are about to make a career change. Two EBBF members also share their struggles and how they lived through their personal career transitions in their professional and personal lives: Enrico Giraudi made the shift from a career working for marketing goals of multi-nationals to working for the wellbeing of people. His path shifted from knowing “this is not my place any more” to the fear of moving away from a stable job and one’s fake identity. We also hear from Dr. Graham Boyd, who has a PhD in theoretical particle physics. In a significant career change he left physics to work for Procter & Gamble and is now the CEO of Evolute Six, a network of practitioners that promote work as a strategy for both professional and personal development.  Continue reading

“Gebet für die Eltern (Prayer for Parents)” by Anke & Armin

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 Frankfurt, Germany with Anke Keitel and Armin Heislitz singing “Gebet für die Eltern (Prayer for Parents)” in German, based on a prayer by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading