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The world might seem like a scary place right now, but it is important to remember that there is a lot of good happening around us. In this podcast, host Prema Menon speaks to social enteprises, charities, not for profits and committed individuals who are all working tirelessly to make this world a kinder, more compassionate and equal place to live in.

The world might seem like a scary place right now, but it is important to remember that there is a lot of good happening around us. In this podcast, host Prema Menon speaks to social enteprises, charities, not for profits and committed individuals who are all working tirelessly to make this world a kinder, more compassionate and equal place to live in.

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Australia

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The world might seem like a scary place right now, but it is important to remember that there is a lot of good happening around us. In this podcast, host Prema Menon speaks to social enteprises, charities, not for profits and committed individuals who are all working tirelessly to make this world a kinder, more compassionate and equal place to live in.

Twitter:

@wcwdpodcast

Language:

English


Episodes

Empowering families with low income - 6th Sense, Singapore

11/22/2020
6th Sense, a charity based in Singapore, recognises the growing inequalities in the country. They work with children and mothers who live in public rental scheme neighbourhoods, home to low income families whose total income is below 1500 Singapore dollars a month 6th Sense and its volunteers conduct activity based workshops with the children, to help with expression, personal and community development. They go a step further and befriend the mothers, and guide them through daily issues...

Duration:00:24:21

Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence - Usha Raman, Trainer and Life Coach.

10/26/2020
Mental health and emotional well-being, two things that are on many people's minds these days. In this episode, I speak to Singapore born Usha Raman, a trainer and life coach based in Perth, Western Australia. Usha's focus is mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Usha will give us a basic understanding of what mindfulness is, how it can help in difficult times and simple ways we can introduce the practice in our lives. Website (for show notes and...

Duration:00:28:12

The middlewoman for communities in need - Sofiah Jamil, Co-Founder, Hornbills Concepts and Communications

8/19/2020
Environmental activism is growing steadily, as more of us are getting educated on the perils of climate change. While there is a lot of discussion on how changing human activities and behaviours can help in the fight against environmental threats, the actual solutions for some communities are not this simple. Sofiah Jamil realised this as an environmental activist. In Central Lombok, she witnessed that communities could not be focused on saving trees, when they were struggling for basic...

Duration:00:18:48

The Creative Hustle in Singapore - Rishi Budhrani, Actor, Comedian & Host of The Rishi Report.

6/23/2020
Singaporean and Singapore based artistes operate in a unique arts and culture environment - censorship, government funded grants and mainstream media channels that are mostly operated by state owned subsidiaries. This combination limits the scope of works that are produced. Rishi Budhrani has been navigating this industry for over a decade now as an actor, performer, entertainer and comedian. Rishi talks about how this distinctive landscape has shaped his craft, his latest project The Rishi...

Duration:00:31:26

Homelessness in Singapore - Liyana Dhamirah, Author & Entrepreneur.

6/14/2020
Homelessness is Singapore is a topic that is not widely discussed in the country. In recent years, there have been books published about inequalities in Singapore society, as well as academic articles. Liyana Dhamirah's book "Homeless - The Untold Story of a Mother's Struggle in Crazy Rich Singapore" is the first of its kind, told from a first person encounter. Liyana experienced homelessness over a decade ago, and she wrote this book to raise awareness. Today, she is a Befriender for those...

Duration:00:33:06

The Generous and The Grateful is lightening the load for vulnerable people.

4/19/2020
There are a range of support services available across Australia to help people fleeing danger or at risk of being vulnerable. However, a lot of the times the burden of rebuilding their lives with essential household items falls on the vulnerable person. The Generous and The Grateful partners with available support services, by connecting household donations with the people that need them for a home. CEO and Co-Founder Carmen Platt talks about why she started this service, the difference it...

Duration:00:20:56

Faith can ground you in uncertain times.

3/25/2020
The world around us is becoming increasingly uncertain. Some people turn to faith at times like these. This special episode is a recording of my conversation with Pravrajika Gayatriprana, President of the Vedanta Society of NSW. A senior Nun of the Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order, Pravrajika Gayatriprana talks about how faith and spirituality can help us through chaos. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:30:53

Benojo is making it easier to give.

3/17/2020
Online fundraising is a major source of funds for not for profits and charities. These organizations have faced criticism over the years about how a portion of donations do not go towards those in need. Benojo, led by Pascal Adolphe, is a fundraising platform that's trying to simplify the act of giving for donors and organizations. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:17:18

The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre is diverting waste from landfills.

3/8/2020
About 7 million tonnes of waste goes into landfills each year in Australia. Guido Verbist and his team at The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre want that to stop. To date, the organization has diverted over 2 tonnes of waste from the landfill, and continue their efforts through repair cafes, education, their stores and by leading campaigns to hold manufacturers responsible. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:20:41

Vonne Patiag is amplifying minority voices in Australian content

3/1/2020
Australian content still has a long way to go in terms of representing diverse and inclusive voices, despite years of dialogue and debate. Vonne Patiag is a Filipino Australian filmmaker who has worked in the industry for over a decade. In this episode, Vonne talks about how he found his authentic voice, what it lends to his art, the inclusive practices he used in the making of his web series "Halal Gurls", and how POC content creators are finding their own platforms outside of traditional...

Duration:00:22:05

Vaaranam Children's Books is connecting children through language.

2/23/2020
Tamil is the third most frequently spoken Indian language at home in Australia. However, there are no formal systems in place to help this language thrive and grow for future generations. The preservation of the language usually falls to families. Vanitha Veerasamy started Vaaranam Children's Books as a way to get her own child engaged in her mother tongue, and as a resource for other Tamil children living in Australia. Website (for show notes and...

Duration:00:19:23

StartSomeGood is lowering barriers for social entrepreneurs

2/16/2020
Social enterprises are on the rise, as more and more people feel a call to live with purpose. Tom Dawkins founded StartSomeGood, a crowdfunding platform to lower barriers to ensure as many voices get represented in the social enterprise landscape. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:13:33

Grace + Grit Social Enterprise is breaking the trafficking supply chain.

2/9/2020
Human trafficking has become the fastest growing crime in the past few years and experts agree that the problem is getting worse. Dr Abi Foluké Badejo, Founder & Director of Grace + Grit Social Enterprise, implements her research findings to effect social behaviour change, along with providing opportunities and options to survivors in Nigeria and Cameroon. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:20:24

SheQu Group Inc is empowering LBT+ women from CALD backgrounds.

2/2/2020
LGBTQI+ people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds face multiple barriers in society and in their professional careers. Kamalika Dasgupta, founder of SheQu Group Inc, wants to ensure that LBT+ women of colour in Australia have the tools and resources they need to live their best possible life. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:21:11

YourLink is helping Seniors with digital inclusion.

1/26/2020
Lack of digital inclusion affects approximately 2.5 million Australians, 10% of the population. YourLink's co-founder, Richard Scenna, talks about how the social enterprise is working to change this for a particular digitally excluded group - older Australians, seniors, through technology. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:20:00

Season 2 Trailer

1/20/2020
Welcome back to Season 2 of this series. New episodes will be launched from 27th January onwards. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:01:33

Aggie Global is empowering Fijian famers to increase their income and food security.

9/10/2019
Lisa & Zoe Paisley are working with Fijian farmers to increase their income and food security through Aggie Global. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:18:17

Parramatta Women's Shelter expands accommodation services for women

9/3/2019
Liz Scully and her board members are expanding crisis accommodation services for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with the opening of Parramatta Women's Shelter. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:14:30

Dress for Success Sydney supports vulnerable women

8/27/2019
Megan Etheridge is harnessing community goodwill to support vulnerable women, through Dress for Success Sydney. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:18:55

Perpetual Blooms is cultivating a sustainable floral industry.

8/20/2019
Anita Howell is cultivating sustainability and spreading compassion with repurposed event flowers, through Perpetual Blooms, in Sydney, Australia. Website (for show notes and transcripts) www.whatcanwedopodcast.com Socials Facebook Instagram

Duration:00:14:49