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Onions Talk: Change making through social engagement

Onions Talk: Change making through social engagement

By Fié Neo
Changemaking work is tough. Sometimes it feels like all the odds are against you and it's a constant upward battle. Onions Talk is here to support you. Be inspired, be touched, be motivated. This podcast keeps you going when times are tough and we crystallise learning that you can apply on your impact work to save you unnecessary struggles.

The #Changemakers series interviews various people who are working on the ground to create change.

The #conversations series open up difficult but important social discourse.

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Typhoons, art and community with Ra’z Salvarita
Ra’z Salvarita is a cross-disciplinary creative artivist who was born on the island province of Negros in the Philippines. His creative endeavors reflect the convergence of the three pillars he primarily works with: Creative Healing Expressions, Sustainable Sacred Ecology, and Practical, Mindful Spirit Vitality. Ra’z moved to his mother’s hometown during the pandemic and started working with the women farm workers on the island. Climate change is felt by the locals yearly as typhoons hit the island frequently. In this episode, he shares about his climate project with his local community and the impact that his art project has had on the community and the municipality. Find out more about R’az’s work: https://razsalvarita.com
27:14
September 09, 2022
Arts For Transformative Educational Change with Lynn Yau
Lynn Yau is the CEO of The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection, which also stands for also stands for Arts For Transformative Educational Change. She shares her decades of experience working at the intersection of art and education. Key points: Changing the education system of Hong Kong through the arts Against the modernist paradigm: mass manufacturing model in education Understanding the context well to find income Innovative impact metrics beyond numbers Changing the narrative from “funder” to “strategic partner” who is involved in building the project Learn more about AFTEC: https://www.aftec.hk
43:18
August 19, 2022
Applied theatre with Rangbhumi #changemakers
Chetnaa Mehrotra is an applied arts practitioner and the founder of Rangbhumi. The company’s vision is to spread joyousness, power of expression, compassion & a sense of equivalence among people through Applied Theatre Based facilitation. The organisation works in the area of Applied Theatre with children, youth and adults. Chetnaa also uses arts-based learning to explore areas such as leadership, communication and conflict management with corporate clients. In this episode we address: Applying arts in corporate settings Theatre of the oppressed and playback theatre to address intergenerational and cultural gaps Forum theatre in addressing challenges of motherhood returning to corporate work Playback theatre with corporate lawyers addressing diversity and inclusion Pioneering applied arts in India Working with vulnerability We end off this episode with an 8 minute womb meditation. Listen to the end to experience it with us! https://www.rangbhumi.org. https://www.facebook.com/Rangbhumi-A-happy-playground-228754897494110/
46:27
June 17, 2022
Catalysing impact across sectors with Raïsa Mirza
Raïsa Mirza is an interdisciplinary socially engaged practitioner with international work experience all over the world - including Bangladesh, Canada, Ethiopia, Japan, Malawi and the Philippines. She works and lives in emerging economies driving social innovation work in challenging contexts within a diversity of sectors. Raïsa has worked on many SDG goals including conservation, agriculture, water and sanitation. She is an expert facilitator in the human centered design process to lead strategic planning, change management and innovation cycles across organizations, including within remote teams and with national governments. In this episode, we chat about How socially engaged art can play an important role in driving SDG goals through creativity, storytelling and community engagement. Finding opportunities beyond the arts to collaborate with and how to build projects The power of trust, relationships and social capital. Competencies needed for building cross sector projects. Imagination as a currency. Check out Raïsa’s website: https://www.wabisabijetty.com
47:07
May 27, 2022
Sustenarts - Atomic Sounds
This was a project between Seppure and artist Ng Sze Min. Seppure is a chemical filtration company whose technology allows industrial filtration processes to happen at room temperature, essentially cutting the energy traditionally required for such processes by up to 90%. Currently industrial filtration processes take up 15% of the world's energy consumption.  Tune in to understand the challenges in such cross sector projects.  Find out more at: https://www.insepconnect.com/sustenarts
35:18
March 16, 2022
Russia's war on Ukraine - A Georgian perspective
This is day 11 of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. History repeats itself as Russia's invasion of Georgia in 2008 remain painfully raw in Georgians' memories. This is a special episode covering the Georgian perspective and what this war means for Georgia and Moldova next. This episode provides some historical context of the conflict as well as the genocide of Georgians by Russians back in 1993. It gives a close look at what's happening on the ground, including Russian media tactics to fan the fire that can help create a pretext for another invasion in Georgia.  If you'd like to support Ukrainian children refugee, I am collecting resources on child care activities and curriculum for my Polish colleagues. It's an open source document, please add to it here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iyUEJ2ZW4dd9JWHWn8ThWcq_ifGMFECfSMNFol9qDoU/edit?usp=sharing If you know of any good refugee entrepreneurship case studies that Ukrainians can consider in rebuilding their lives, please add to this document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OFlRCbwlpb_9-8nSgceLGb0rnUhfn4SfwgX044Py0uI/edit?usp=sharing References:  "Putin's way" on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIgqhU4lkgo "Putin's Revenge: Part 2": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q_uKCEj2Xk 
55:26
March 06, 2022
Sustenarts - How tiny things can save our world.
This episode is part 2 of our #Sustenarts series featuring biotech company TeOra (Rishita Changede and Yasaman Tavakoli) as well as artist Wendy Zhang. Tune in to hear about how microbes, algae, bacteria and yeast can protect our ecosystem and save our world. For more images of algae painting and this project’s social media engagement posts, check out @sociallyengagedpractices on instagram or go to INSEP’s website: https://www.insepconnect.com Learn more about TeOra: https://www.teoralife.com
46:20
February 07, 2022
Sustenarts - Insect Protein Pals
Sustenarts is a program by INSEP that brings together sustainable enterprises and socially engaged arts to create projects that can scale climate solutions. One of the projects is Insect Protein Pals, led by artist Fié Neo, alongside Asia Insect Farm Solutions and SLICE to explore ways to increase the adoption of cricket powder through participatory arts. Tune in to hear Aaron, Yuvanesh and Fié talk about their social media Shang Chi transformation, cooking with boomers, Christmas cook off and more.    http://aifs.asia https://audacity.world/slice/ insepconnect.com Instagram: @feeyeh_neo @sociallyengagedpractices  Sustenarts website
50:57
January 08, 2022
Social innovation in Asia for systems change with Marco Shek #changemakers
Marco started his change making journey as a counsellor in Hong Kong. Since then he’s worked in non profit, social enterprise, policy influencing advocacy and social innovation community and capacity building. Key points in this episode: What are the gaps in the Asian changemaking ecosystem? How could transnational exchanges and learning build better social support? How do we develop alternatives and open more doors for the communities we serve? Where are the programmes that build capacity of an entrepreneur like mental resiliency? How much space do we allow a young person to have an experimental mindset? Marco co-founded Beyond Vision Projects, a social enterprise promoting worldwide accessible and inclusive art and culture for the visually-impaired. He was also engaged in managing innovation challenges (Good Seed) under a HKSAR government initiative (SIE Fund), early-stage innovation/ideation at University level, participatory social design and knowledge exchange across cities (i.e. 5% Design Action). Marco currently works as Asia Lead- Partnerships, Capacity Building and Development at Social Innovation Exchange. Feel free to connect with him on Linkedin. 
28:06
December 21, 2021
Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program
Zsolt Bugarszki is the founder of SEIP Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program and associate professor at Talliin University. Key points from this episode: Social hackathons: implementing speedy tech processes on social problems Bridging social solutions and business Moving beyong dependence on governments Convincing the Estonian Ministry to include social entreprenuership in their national strategy How to join the Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program The power of ecosystems in speeding and scaling change Strengthening support for changemakers www.seincubation.com info@seincubation.com
01:02:03
October 04, 2021
Cereal party, daddy issues at The School of MA Part 2
Rachel Uwa is the founder of The School of Machines, Making & Make Believe, which provides one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experiences in the areas of art, technology, design, and human connection. Centred around the philosophy of lifelong learning, they are on a mission to nurture critically-minded individuals to be more deeply engaged with their surroundings and with themselves.  Tune in to hear how tech and human connection come together in Rachel’s work!  Check them out: http://schoolofma.org/  Key points in part 2:  Our ideal worlds  Drones to human experience - beyond borders and politics  Cereal party, daddy issues and more exciting classes at School of MA  We all have the capacity to care and act - activism as care - we can all do something  Support Onions Talk on Patreon: https://patreon.com/fieneo? Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/P_2qiPObBec
53:32
September 15, 2021
The School of Machines, Making & Make Believe with Rachel Uwa Part 1
Moving to Germany and starting The School of MA  A moment for Afghanistan  Processing the traumas of the world  Holding space for human connection and intimacy in our work  Getting students to think about who they are, what they care about and how to put it into the work they are doing  Learning to be whole together, through creativity and technology Rachel Uwa is the founder of The School of Machines, Making & Make Believe, which provides one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experiences in the areas of art, technology, design, and human connection. Centred around the philosophy of lifelong learning, they are on a mission to nurture critically-minded individuals to be more deeply engaged with their surroundings and with themselves.  Tune in to hear how tech and human connection come together in Rachel’s work!   Check them out: http://schoolofma.org/ Support Onions Talk on Patreon: https://patreon.com/fieneo? Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/P_2qiPObBec
52:28
September 15, 2021
Swapping your mindset with Priyanka Shahra
Priyanka Shahra is the founder of One with Earth, a social enterprise which develops and supports projects that promote urban sustainability. Singaporeans are perhaps most familiar with their social enterprise Swapaholic, an online and offline fashion swapping platform. Swapaholic allows consumers to declutter and refresh their closets without having to buy new clothes. Priyanka herself was a shopaholic turned Swapaholic! Tune in to hear her journey. Key points in this episode: From brands solution company to social enterprise How do you make use of finite capital to prototype? How to systemize and make social impact something that people want? Social media as a powerful social business tool Importance of community - our social license to operate comes from community buy in Swapping your mindset The need to feel hopeful in order to play our part - pessimism has the capacity to reduce our collective consciousness Check them out: https://www.onewith.earth https://swapaholic.com Support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/fieneo?
41:28
September 08, 2021
Funder’s perspective: Firetree philantropy and experimental funding
This conversation with Nicky Wilkinson, executive director of Firetree Philanthropy is a peek into the funders’ world, from Firetree Philanthropy’s perspective and approach as well as a glimpse into what other funders look at and some prevalent conversations in the Philanthropy circle. Here are some key points from this episode.  The starting of Firetree Philantropy and their link to Southeast Asia.  Prioritizing on trust centred type practice Where the money comes from affects how the funder behaves What is the role we can play as a private trust? Supporting experimental funding work, networks and social infrastructure Shifting power dynamics in a human way Minimizing reporting requirements, being interested in what organisations are learning Funding local led work, no proposals asked: Things that Firetree Philantropy looks at Funders to be aware of the role they can play in the ecosystem to create change How funders fund is as important as what they fund Insights about how Firetree's non-profit partners reacted to the pandemic   The vital importance of legitimizing rest and restoration; no shame, no guilt  Check them out: https://www.firetree.org contactus@firetree.org Support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/fieneo?
57:25
August 25, 2021
Understanding the Creative Generation with Jeff M. Poulin #changemakers
What’s the value of arts and cultural education? How do you build a social enterprise supporting creatives? Let Jeff tell you all about it. Jeff M. Poulin is an American educator, non-profit administrator, and social entrepreneur whose work takes a justice approach towards uncovering transformative youth-led local solutions for complex global challenges. He’s a performer, teaching artist, and activist turned social entrepreneur who is creating social impact through supporting young creatives and their adult allies around the globe.  Key points in this episode: Youth activism and social impact in the United States Understanding how young artists can be their most effective advocates for the issues they care about Unlearning, bridging, navigating, and holding tensions within current structures that govern policy, culture, and education Building the path with humility and generosity Creative Generation’s social entrepreneurship journey Social transformation through challenging hierarchies and norms that create oppressions and adding their creative element Creative capabilities to have to positively impact the world Listen and not be afraid to act Check them out: https://creative-generation.org Instagram: @campaign4genc Support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/fieneo?
01:10:02
July 29, 2021
Public school teacher to entrepreneur: Custom Learning Atelier with Beth Salyers
"I just want to create a company where really badass people get to do the work that they love and that they are so good at and get paid really well and do it from anywhere in the world.” -Beth Salyers Beth Salyers is a public school teacher turned entrepreneur who leads Custom Learning Atelier, which utilises the art and science of learning to accompany you through the discomfort of growth and increase your positive impact on the world. Key points in this episode: From public school teacher and systemic inequalities to entrepreneur Teaching the great social conditioner - change what that normal feels like through intersection of art and science. Change happens in margin - staying at growth edge long enough Showing up in places with the kind of people you want to work with - showing up where its safe to ask What is my zone of sustainable service and staying there while respecting what it is for others - valuing multiple ways of knowing the self in the world Staying in discomfort is the work Check them out: https://www.customlearningatelier.com Support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/fieneo?
01:32:22
July 07, 2021
Agribusiness startup in Singapore with Urban Tiller #changemakers
Jolene Lum is the co-founder of Urban Tiller, a next generation farm-to-table agribusiness, founded in 2020. They work closely with local farmers in Singapore to deliver fresh produce to customers within hours of harvesting. They have expanded operations to Hyderabad in India in December 2020, and hope to bring value-added services and support to smallholder and new-age farmers in the region as they grow. Key points of this episode: Building a local produce ecosystem Thinking about food in land scarce Singapore. A different way of looking at jobs and careers. Questioning the true cost of growing food during Covid-19. Who cares and whose jobs would pay them enough to care? Passion as a mix of care, emotional connection and curiosity Support community keeping the entrepreneurship journey going Challenges of being a young founder How do you align what people care about as an entrepreneur? Check them out at https://urbantiller.com/home and get your fresh greens! Check out INSEP's Reconnection Playground  Support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/fieneo?
52:34
June 22, 2021
Systems change in action with Laura Francois #changemakers
Laura is a social impact strategist and designer, co-founder of The Spaceship (education program that teaches change makers how to solve global challenges with business) and Demopunk (connecting carbon sequestering projects with real estate). She previously led Fashion Revolution in Singapore and Malaysia which opens up many conversations around the enivronmental impact of fashion. Key points in this episode: Intersecting and creating new opportunities through cross sector collaborations Systems approach to creating change Good and bad in every impact - questioning your work Understanding value Intersecting arts and social innovation Tips to funding application How to pitch your process Advice for young change makers https://www.laurafrancois.com https://www.thespaceship.org If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://patreon.com/fieneo? Join our community hub: https://connectinsep.wixsite.com/insep iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podca…/onions-talk/id1524118946  Google: https://www.google.com/podcasts…  Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0SuiC6lBuBvYAaVDjw4KoY
57:26
June 07, 2021
Scaling impact with Mr Toilet, Jack Sim #changemakers
What happens when a millennial talks to a boomer about change making in the midst of a climate crisis? Jack Sim is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of World Toilet Organisation. He became a milionaire at age 29, then retired from the business world at age 40 and dedicated his life to social impact. WTO supported in implementing 110 million toilets in India and built 13 blocks of Rainbow Schools Toilets in rural China. Its founding day 19 November in 2001 has become World Toilet Day, now celebrated worldwide each year towards improving the state of toilets and sanitation globally. In 2013, all 193 countries of the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted 19 November as the official UN World Toilet Day. Jack has received awards from all over the world, including her majesty queen elizabeth commonwealth points of light award, luxembourg peace prize for activist, reader’s digest asian of the year and hero of the environment by time magazine. Key takeaways of episode: Greenwashing and consumption Tackling the climate crisis through frugality Redefining success Negotiation tips around different agendas Guerrilla marketing Royal Flush: Humour and media P.S. If anyone’s giving drumming lessons in Singapore, get in touch with Jack! https://www.worldtoilet.org   If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://patreon.com/fieneo? iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podca…/onions-talk/id1524118946 Google: https://www.google.com/podcasts… Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0SuiC6lBuBvYAaVDjw4KoY
01:11:40
May 24, 2021
Fore-fronting Art X Science: Trauma-Focused Practice with Laura Fischer #changemakers
“I never felt ever that there was a path just right for me... We need more people that create paths because the current paths are not good enough.” This episode is about not being afraid to cross disciplines and boundaries. There are many opportunities that exist when we create a path across domains. Key points in this episode: Creative embodied process of co-creating healing Trauma and the need to reconnect with the body in order to heal Paving new paths and connecting with supporters of your mission Believing in yourself when fore-fronting a new vision to bring a value into this world that has yet to be recognised Trauma survivors are immensely powerful and resourceful. Protecting people from violence and abuse and supporting people to survive and live past trauma is everyone’s responsibility. Collective trauma, social political events and individual narratives Laura Fischer is an interdisciplinary artist, activist and researcher focused on trauma and healing. Her work weaves creative approaches with scientific methods (and vice-versa) and focuses on trauma - often with an activist agenda. She has spoken at conferences and events in the UK and Europe, including several keynotes and TEDx. Laura is an honorary research associate at King's College London and gives regular lectures at Central Saint Martins and University College of London. https://www.laurafischer-trauma.co.uk Instagram: @brains_and_brushes If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo Onions Talk workshops: https://www.eventbrite.sg/o/fie-neo-25166673117 iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/…/podca…/onions-talk/id1524118946 Google: https://www.google.com/podcasts… Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0SuiC6lBuBvYAaVDjw4KoY
53:47
May 10, 2021
Who prescribes change? Power and balance. Part 2. #conversations
Key points for part 2. Key lessons from memorable episodes Post capitalism and funding - Who prescribes change? Who dictates what change can happen? Who has the power? Rethinking impact evaluation - What serves us and what doesn’t? What’s changed since you started the podcast? Fié Neo is an interdisciplinary artist who makes socially engaged works through participatory practice, wearable art and film. She creates spaces and encounters for human connection. She also designs for theatre and films in costume and set. In 2017, she set up INSEP (International Network for Socially Engaged Practitioners) which brings together people around the world in the field of socially engaged practices to share projects and initiatives. Fié has performed and shown her works at Royal Albert Hall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, London Design Festival 2016, Gillman Barracks and others. She also hosts a podcast called Onions Talk. Website: fieneo.art Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5Sx3YtkLxpdmeeZllzoGh6MJVMrSqvDj Instagram and twitter: @feeyeh_neo Writings: https://feeyeh-neo.medium.com International Network for Socially Engaged Practitioners: https://connectinsep.wixsite.com/insep https://www.facebook.com/groups/159361521342200/ If you enjoyed this episode, do consider becoming a patreon. 
56:09
April 27, 2021
Get to know your host Fié Neo Part 1
Have you ever been interviewed on your own podcast? This is what this episode is about. Jojo Spinks (interviewee in first episode) came to me and suggested to do a reverse interview to crystallise all the incredible learning in the past podcast episodes. So here it is! Get to know your host Fié Neo! This episode features my journey setting up INSEP (International Network for Socially Engaged Practitioners) and Onions Talk. Fié Neo is an interdisciplinary artist who makes socially engaged works through participatory practice, wearable art and film. She creates spaces and encounters for human connection. She also designs for theatre and films in costume and set. In 2017, she set up INSEP (International Network for Socially Engaged Practitioners) which brings together people around the world in the field of socially engaged practices to share projects and initiatives. Fié has performed and shown her works at Royal Albert Hall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, London Design Festival 2016, Gillman Barracks and others. She also hosts a podcast called Onions Talk. Website: fieneo.art Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5Sx3YtkLxpdmeeZllzoGh6MJVMrSqvDj Instagram and twitter: @feeyeh_neo Writings: https://feeyeh-neo.medium.com International Network for Socially Engaged Practitioners: https://connectinsep.wixsite.com/insep https://www.facebook.com/groups/159361521342200/ If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo
39:30
April 26, 2021
Processes for change with The Change Collective UK #changemakers
This episode is with Dan Boyden, co-director of The Change Collective, which is a collective of arts practitioners working in complex environments, and non-arts practitioners working across civil society who see the value of an arts-based approach. The Change Collective (TCC) is interested in the next generation of thinking and practice linking creative approaches to current social issues. They have an extensive combined experience in designing and delivering projects and programmes in the UK and Internationally and share a powerful toolkit of skills, knowledge and experience. Dan is a consultant and theatre facilitator for over 17 years - designing and delivering creative projects, often with marginalised groups and communities, in the U.K and Internationally. https://www.thechangecollective.com  If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo
53:11
April 14, 2021
French but not French #blm #PFT
Primavera Gomes Caldas, artist and project manager specialising in critical thinking and connecting people, was born in Canada, grew up in French Guiana and moved to France for further education. She speaks of her experiences being French but not French, being not white enough to be white, not black enough to be black. The very first of #pft Prima-Fié-talk, this is a raw and uncensored episode on France, colonisation, racism, the complexities of identity and history at interplay and its consequences in oppression and violence. Listen to the end for her favourite onion dish! Connect with Prima on Linkedin: https://fr.linkedin.com/in/primavera-gomes-caldas-01027016b  Website: https://gomescaldasprimavera.com/ “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.” If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo
01:12:43
March 30, 2021
Making your life as an artist with Andrew Simonet #changemakers
This conversation is about art, systems change, care and the questions we ask ourselves and the world. How can artists adapt to Covid-19? How do you sustain yourself as an artist? What does it mean to be an artist? How are my skills as an artist relevant right now? What better questions does the world need? How do we support each other? Andrew Simonet is a writer, choreographer, artist in Philadelphia. He is the author of “Making your life as an artist” and “ Wilder”, founded Artists U which supports artists leading sustainable lives and was a founding Co-Director of Philadelphia's Headlong Dance Theater from 1993-2013.  Check out his works at: https://www.andrewsimonet.com  Artists U http://www.artistsu.org/who-we-are/#.YDzwky2w2u4  Making Your Life as an Artist: http://www.artistsu.org/making#.YE9YzC3Mzrk  Wilder: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780374309251  and his new novel coming out June 1: A Night Twice as Long: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780374309329?aff=macmillan For The Reconnection Playground workshops, go to https://feeyehneo.wordpress.com/ “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
01:23:23
March 17, 2021
Socially Engaged Arts and transformation with Madeleine McGirk, ITAC #conversations
Madeleine McGirk is the managing director of ITAC (International Teaching Artists Collaborative). This episode delves into the value and impact of socially engaged arts in bringing about bottom up social change. We discussed the possibilities of socially engaged processes going into different spaces like businesses and tech to provide new and creative perspectives while diversifying income streams for artists to be able to sustain their practice.    Learn more about ITAC: https://www.itac-collaborative.com/ If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
01:00:24
March 03, 2021
The Tale of Twenty Twenty with Orode Faka #changemakers
Change cannot happen without discomfort. Change needs friction. Do you play the game and climb the ladder to be able to create change? Does the narrative of power and control serve us? What drives your need for change? What are the needs of your people? This conversation weaves in and out of folk tales, trees, honest discussions around the processes of change making and more… Stay till the end to hear The Tale of Twenty Twenty!  Orode Faka is a community artist, theatre maker and writer. Director of R.O.C.K.S! International Arts, an interdisciplinary artist collective committed to using their crafts to spark new ideas and innovate proactive and sustainable actions in the practice of arts for social change.  Check her out here: https://www.sixwayfinder.com/orode-faka  This episode is a part of a mini series on wayfinding as I talk to artists I’m working with on the artist-composer residency with Social Innovation Exchange. If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
01:20:54
February 18, 2021
Poetry and social innovation in action: Josiane at SIX #conversations
What is your story? What are the chapters you want to write? Welcome back to our mini series on wayfinding. This episode is with Josiane Smith, who is a poet and connector, and is currently the Global Programmes Lead at the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX). This episode is about finding hope through healing and features some beautiful poetry! https://socialinnovationexchange.org/our-work/programmes/convening/wayfinder “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.” If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo
48:06
January 12, 2021
20 Reflections for 2020
20 reflections from your host Fié Neo to end the year! Thank you all for being on this journey with me.  If you'd like to say hello, share any thoughts or be updated through email, drop me a message via Facebook: @onionstalk Email: heyonionstalk@gmail.com Instagram: @feeyeh_neo “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
12:54
December 30, 2020
Tap dance, music and social change with Corina Kwami #conversations
What do tap dancing, music and social change have in common? How can we create environments where dreams are possible?  Corina Kwami and I talked about learning to listen through songs and tap dancing, about losing the ability to learn together, about what care means during a pandemic.  Corina Kwami is a Renaissance woman whose mission is to celebrate jazz and what it offers innovators on and off stage. On stage as a public speaker, singer or tap dancer, she has  performed in countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia with her own band and as a guest, as a TEDx speaker and in the innovation lab space. She has been recognised for her "impressive grasp of what jazz can teach us about leadership, partnerships, and innovative thinking" at the UNLEASH Innovation Lab. Her work cuts across the arts and sciences, music and dance and recalls the past to inspire future innovation. Based in London, she plays with her band Corina Kwami & the Swing Selection, collaborates in the jazz, tap and swing circuit and continues to explore ways of building linkages between the arts and sciences.  Check out more at: www.corinakwami.com   *Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth (43:25) 🌟This episode features some live singing and tap dancing. This is part of a mini series on wayfinding as I talk to artists I’m working with on this residency. We share our respective wayfinding journeys through the chaos we live in right now, in the hope that we can offer some comfort through our art and music. If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
51:35
December 28, 2020
Can plants sing? Plant music with Eily Aurora #conversations
Eily Aurora shares her passion for improvising with nature. Growing up in the countryside, she learned from a young age from local Canadian indigenous people how to listen, learn and communicate with the natural world. To make the song of nature audible, she uses The Music of the Plants device. It's an instrument that can perceive the electromagnetic variations emitted from the surface of plant leaves and the root system and translate them into sound.  Nature is not only alive, but is aware and responds to her surroundings. In fact, trees have up to 20 senses to take in their environment! Wherever you are, may this podcast help you tune-out the noise of the city, and tune-in to the frequency and endless wisdom of nature. Eily is a singer/songwriter, harpist, Harp Faery clown, and social innovation facilitator in Calgary, Canada. She has performed across stages in North America for over a decade and has designed creative and participatory methods for mental wellness at cSPACE King Edward Arts Hub as a member of Alberta Social Innovation Connect’s Community Catalyst Program. As a systemic constellations facilitator, she presents and speaks about her research on the power of soundwork to impact community wisdom internationally. www.eilyaurora.com www.instagram.com/theharpfaery This episode is a part of a mini series on wayfinding as I talk to artists I’m working with on the artist-composer residency with Social Innovation Exchange. We share our respective wayfinding journeys through the chaos we live in right now, in the hope that we can offer some comfort through our art and music. “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.” If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo
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December 23, 2020
Wayfinding with Social Innovation Exchange #changemakers
SIX is like a spark in the system that brings together different unlikely groups to connect and act. They create spaces for different stakeholders in an ecosystem to convene. So Jung (or "So") shares their Wayfinder project as well as their philosophy and processes at SIX, very much about relationships and exchange. She shares the importance of relationships and safe spaces for honesty and trust to pave way for action. So has lived and worked in various countries, from South Korea to Mexico and currently resides in the UK. She is passionate about connecting people and developing social innovation capacity through her work at Social Innovation Exchange. http://socialinnovationexchange.org This is the start of a mini series on wayfinding as I talk to artists I’m working with on this residency. We share our respective wayfinding journeys through the chaos we live in right now, in the hope that we can offer some comfort through our art and music. “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.” If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo
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December 14, 2020
Alternative Sustainable Development in SEA - The people and land story #changemakers
We are at a crossroad, in a climate emergency. Earth is burning and it seems like the only solutions we have are in tech and renewable energy. Are they really sustainable for people and environment? This panel discussion focuses on social enterprises working with community, ecology and care. We will discuss the future of work within the social and environmental care sector and how jobs can be created with communities, for communities. There is another story, another narrative, another way of being that doesn't have to come at the expense of our well-being.  Event was live streamed on Stories of Asia Facebook page. For more live events, follow Onions Talk on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/onionstalk Guest speakers: Biji Biji Juliana Adam, CEO www.biji-biji.com Langit Collective Zi, Co-founder http://langit.com.my SMU Lien centre for social innovation Christy Davis, Executive Director lcsi.smu.edu.sg “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.” If you enjoyed this episode, do consider supporting: https://www.patreon.com/fieneo
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November 19, 2020
Let’s talk about race #Singapore part 2 #conversations
06:20 Interrupting racism requires courage and intentionality 18:30 Understanding privilege and how to be more aware 22:50 Micro Aggressions 29:50 “Being told to act more Indian” 36:00 Strategies to deal with micro-aggressions 42:14 What can you do to further this conversation? 10 takeaways Referenced books: White fragility by Robin Diangelo and So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo Articles to read: “Penatlah”: Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at, on racism and Chinese majoritarianism in Singapore https://www.onlinecitizenasia.com/2019/08/02/penatlah-singaporean-playwright-alfian-saat-on-racism-and-chinese-majoritarianism-in-singapore/ Why Chinese Singaporeans Telling Alfian Sa’at To Ignore Racist Remarks Is Chinese Privilege https://rilek1corner.com/2017/06/02/alfian-saat-everyday-racism-so-casual-and-commonplace-to-its-perpetrators-that-it-doesnt-register-as-racism/ Beyond the Hijab https://beyondhijab.sg Minority Voices https://www.minorityvoices.net “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
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November 05, 2020
Let’s talk about race part 1 #Singapore #conversations
This episode took courage to produce. It’s a hush hush topic in Singapore (a country with longstanding tradition of censorship), people don’t like to talk about it and it’s often seen as controversial. But this was something we felt we had to talk about to open up this conversation. So, let’s talk about race. Adeeb is the Artistic Director of The Second Breakfast Company, and has also worked with Bhumi Collective and Adeeb & Shai. Adeeb is also a founding member of Impromptu Meetings, and works with young people as a freelance drama educator. 9:20 Did the #BLM conversation translate into racial conversations in Singapore’s context? 11:43 Making sense of racism 12:19 Having the right words for these experiences 16:30 Brown face in Singapore, backlash against people who stood up against the brown face saga 25:30 Theatre in Singapore to open up difficult conversations 27:00 National Arts Council gatekeeping and censorship 37:00 Curation and control through licensing “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
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November 05, 2020
Humane technology and ethics in interaction design with Pawel Pokutycki #conversations
What is humane technology? Are we gearing up for a digital revolution? How do we democratise tech? How can we be co-creators? Why are we not creating apps that help us maintain relationships? Pawel is a lecturer of Interaction Design at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Feel free to connect with him at info@postdigital.nl “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
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October 28, 2020
Mental Health in Ecuador #conversations
How are Ecuadorians dealing with Covid-19? What are some coping strategies? How is mental health seen in Ecuador? Adriana Alzamora shares her budding entrepreneurship journey setting up a psychotherapy centre called Psicocare in the capital, Quito. Frustrated by the lack of jobs in this bleak economic landscape, four of her friends and her decided to start their own company. #mentalhealth Instagram | Facebook “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
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October 24, 2020
Understanding colonisation: Hawaii #conversations
Iris shares their experience growing up in Hawaii and the islands’ difficult colonisation history. We discussed how one agreement with the United States made months too early missed them the chance to decolonise themselves under international law, the importance of fables, myths and stories in Hawaiian culture, the need to introduce alternative narratives to counter the dominant western worldview, a different way of looking at land ownership - one that doesn’t belong to people but Gods, the commodification of Hawaiian culture (or not), the impact of COVID-19 on Hawaii and a new Hawaiian political party.  (If you are a US citizen, remember to vote!) To read more about Hawaii: The Legends and Myths of Hawaii by his Hawaiian Majesty Kalakaua. “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
01:00:22
October 19, 2020
Redefining activism: Local connection and community care #changemakers
Aysen shares her incredible story from Turkey to England, from escaping political imprisonment to building her philosophy around activism - activism as a lifestyle. She offers a different take on activism, beyond demonstrations and protests. Activism is about knowing where you live and the people you live with. It’s about talking to real people, real problems because change comes from how much you work within communities. It’s about sharing with and caring for the people around you.  Read more “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
54:35
October 08, 2020
Art and Versatility: Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence with Helen Yung
Helen is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher with the Culture of Cities Centre, Board member with the Centre for Social Innovation, and a Salzburg Global Fellow. She leads the Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence in Toronto, which develops experimental applications of artistic intelligence for society, particularly in matters of public policy. She wears many hats and works across various disciplines. In this episode, we talk about how to be versatile as an artist, how art creates change and transformation in an indirect and organic way and how opportunities arise from connections. https://artisticintelligence.com https://helenyung.com “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
50:19
September 20, 2020
Environmental Emergency, Internet and Futures with IAM #changemakers
How can we improve the environmental health of the Planet 🌍 and the societal wellbeing for billions of living beings, including humans? What is the Everything Manifesto? How is IAM going to do this over the next billion seconds? This episode is about the urgency of the climate crisis and what we can do moving forward. Thought 🔄 action | Internet ➡️Tools | Collective Critical Hope 🌀 Futures 🌀Solidarity | 👫Citizenship VS Users/ Consumers IAM is an alternative think tank that is dedicated to exploring the multidimensional implication the digital economies has on the environment and on our collective and individual health and wellness. 👩‍💻They look at the post-technological futures of everything. They are a creative foresight & strategic design consultancy using futures as tools to help organisations grow their cultural relevance and increase the positive influence they can have in the Planet during this new decade, and beyond. They also organise IAM Weekend, which is an annual gathering for creative thinkers & doers exploring the futures of the internet(s), since 2015. https://www.iam-internet.com “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
01:09:34
September 14, 2020
Human connection and communities through filmmaking with Andrea Zimmerman #changemakers
What does it mean to be seen and heard? This episode is about human connection, image making, community building, activism and listening. Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, filmmaker and cultural activist whose work unveils aspects of working class experience, and that of people living on the margins of society, who are seldom seen or discussed. Using imaginative hybridity and narrative re-framing, the work prioritises an enduring and equitable co-existence, and there is often a focus on the importance of social bonds within these communities. Award winning and nominated films include Here For Life (2019), Erase and Forget (2017) and Estate, a Reverie (2015).  https://fugitiveimages.org.uk “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
01:14:24
September 07, 2020
Horizontal Organisation: Ants at Enspiral #changemakers
enspiral.com / betterworktogether.co How can we work differently? How can we work horizontally without hierarchies? How can we support each other to create change? This episode is about Enspiral and the power of networks. Enspiral started with a vision to support more people to spend their lives working to solve the greatest challenges of our time. It is a network of groups and people, a DIY collective of social enterprises, ventures, and individuals working collaboratively across the world while fulfilling their purpose. Enspiral is now something like a living laboratory that has been testing ways of working together with trust and respect to share money, information and control as openly as possible for nearly a decade. As a community they’ve supported hundreds of people to launch and build all sorts of initiatives, projects and world-changing ventures. Ants Cabraal has been working inside, alongside, around, on, under and through various parts of Enspiral since 2012. He has a background in marketing and creative production and now most of his work involves helping startup teams find their feet and grow. He loves to turn thinking and feeling into words that create action.  Follow his work at: whiskeyfixstudios.com
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August 27, 2020
The Common Room: Purpose and impact beyond age #changemakers
Jonathan Collie is a passionate social entrepreneur. He began his career as a doctor in the NHS before moving into health IT via an MBA at University of Edinburgh. In 2016, Jonathan co-founded The Age of No Retirement CIC to radically reshape society's thinking around Age and create new solutions that embraced our longer, healthier, more productive lives. He has also been leading the development of The Common Room model in the past two years. The Common Room is a brand new concept in community thinking. The Common Rooms are where younger and older come together in dynamic exploration and discovery. It is where human connection, collaboration and the power of “together” thrive. The Common Room/ The Age of No Retirement www.thecommonroom.life jonathan@ageofnoretirement.org “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
01:09:44
August 19, 2020
Opera and change with Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 Part 2 #conversations
This episode is about being human, being present, being an artist. Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 (they/them) is an opera singer, theatre creator and co-founder of Amplified Opera based in Canada. They are queer, gender non-binary and of Japanese and German roots. We talk about race, gender, identity but also about what it means to hold space, to be empathetic and to listen. It is a genuine conversation between two people of colour in an emotionally charged moment in history. We share our experiences, our reflections and the importance of opening up spaces for such difficult conversations so that we can bridge and heal collectively as a society. In Teiya’s words, we can counter systemic racism and oppression through the lens of love, honesty and honour. www.teiyakasahara.com Co-founder of Amplified Opera Founder/Head Coach of the Vocal Dōjō Special thanks to Anna Driftmier for connecting us! This episode was updated on August 7 2020 as the first recording was cut off at the end. 
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August 04, 2020
Opera and change with Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 Part 1 #conversations #BLM
This episode is about being human, being present, being an artist. Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 (they/them) is an opera singer, theatre creator and co-founder of Amplified Opera based in Canada. They are queer, gender non-binary and of Japanese and German roots. We talk about race, gender, identity but also about what it means to hold space, to be empathetic and to listen. It is a genuine conversation between two people of colour in an emotionally charged moment in history. We share our experiences, our reflections and the importance of opening up spaces for such difficult conversations so that we can bridge and heal collectively as a society. In Teiya’s words, we can counter systemic racism and oppression through the lens of love, honesty and honour. www.teiyakasahara.com Co-founder of Amplified Opera Founder/Head Coach of the Vocal Dōjō Special thanks to Anna Driftmier for connecting us! “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
45:33
August 04, 2020
Šilainiai Project: Community projects and rethinking value #changemakers
Evelina Šimkutė is an artist from Lithuania who started ‘Šilainiai Project’. In this episode, we discuss the challenges in starting community projects, financial sustainability and how transforming the way we value community services will lead to the creation of social jobs and the transition into a different economy. https://silainiaiproject.com “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
01:23:50
July 28, 2020
ISEAS Finland: About hope, fears and change #changemakers
In this episode, I talk to Katja Juhola, founder of ISEAS (International Socially Engaged Art Symposium) about our fears, anxiety and worry about the climate crisis but also about hope and action. Her concerns over climate change back in the 90s led her on her journey learning organic farming and eventually setting up an organic farm with her husband and her work in ISEAS facilitating conversations about the environment through art. The symposiums invite artists, researchers and documenters to work with local communities. Each year, the team explores possibilities and methods that mediate environmental conflicts in activities that are artistic, interdisciplinary and community-related. We talk about the impact of her symposiums on local community and the artists, the value of intercultural exchange and education and finally about how we can each work towards change. https://iseasfinland.com “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
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July 19, 2020
Evermeadow Farm: Restorative and Regenerative Agriculture #changemakers
Josh and Janita started a farm when COVID hit Canada a couple of months ago. He did photography and then was doing his PHD on philosophy of ecology and then bam, Evermeadow Farm started and they weren't just raising two kids but also chickens and lambs. This is more than a farm. We are talking about a financially and ecologically sustainable way of creating change. We are talking about direct impact to restore and regenerate the ecosystem through agriculture. Is it ethical to have children? Should we eat meat? How do we hope for the present? We talk about the need to rethink value to create systemic change, alternative fears, building local food security and connecting local communities through food. evermeadow.ca https://www.facebook.com/evermeadowfarm/ Instagram: @evermeadowfarm “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.”
01:00:30
July 19, 2020
Interwoven Productions with JoJo: Circular and Gift Economy in Creative Placemaking #changemakers
JoJo is a founding member of Interwoven Productions CIC. Based in Exeter, United Kingdom, the company found a way to bring together elements of circular and gift economy with socially connected Creative Placemaking to better connect people to each other and their place. In this episode, JoJo talks about their Squilometre technique, how they engage with local communities, the way they achieve financial independence in their community projects and Squilometre Place Champion training. Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/InterwovenCIC/ www.interwovenproductions.com “If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to RateThisPodcast.com/onionstalk and follow the simple instructions.” A big thank you to Andrea Tamiazzo for the music.
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