Making it Happen with Shani Dhanda, founder of Asian Woman Festival UK and Diversability Card

Shani Dhanda

Today’s episode is a conversation with the Shani Dhanda who founded the Asian Woman Festival a first-of-its-kind festival smashing stereotypes and stigma to empower and celebrate South Asian Women. Shani is an award-winning international event manager, global voyager, disability role model and campaigner. I met Shani in London and was blown away with her attitude, energy, and ability to empower others. …

#3 Running Away to the Himalayas at 19: Spirituality, Meditation and Purpose.

himalayas

Ever hit rock bottom and feel like there’s no way out? In this episode I share my story of finding myself in a place where I felt suffocated by the negativity of my own mind, about mental health and being so far gone that it feels like there’s no hope. At 19 I ran off to the Himalayas and ended …

Melbourne Startup Venture Crawl

We took university students on a tour of Melbourne’s booming startup ecosystem visiting Envato, Blackbird Ventures and Google for Startups. Last week I was invited to deliver a guest lecture to about 400~ university students during their first couple of weeks in an Entrepreneurship unit. I asked ‘how many of you know what an incubator or accelerator is’. Five hands …

A New Powerful Campaign On Diabetes You Must See— Mithaas

It is well known that within Australia, the risk of having diabetes which leads to a greater risk of heart disease is considerably higher among people born in India compared to people born in Australia. In Canada — South Asians are 3x more likely to have diabetes than the average Canadian. In the UK it’s In the UK it’s even …

Why working at a startup will do wonders for your career and character.

Most universtiy students haven’t considered working at a scaleup or startup, they usually haven’t even heard of companies considered to be innovative and leading in their respective industries — like Canva, a company democratising design, exceeding a billion dollar valuation and was voted the #1 best place to work in Australia. We spent O Week talking to 100’s of students, …

Are you being mislead? Soy Chai Latte Please

On my walk to work from the train station I thought I’d try out a newly opened cafe on Collins Street in Melbourne. The branding was on point, the interiors — minimalistic and plently of light flowing through the cafe. Definitely Melbourne, plus the owners are behind some of Melbourne’s most well known hospitality icons — Urban Deli, Buddabah and …

Building new habits

Late in 2016 I set an audacious goal, I said I was going to write a book to be published in 2017 and confidently announced it to the world via my Facebook / Instagram. To date I’ve written about 10 000 words. At that point in time I was incredibly motivated, I’d just made my way back to Melbourne after …

When innovation makes society worse off

Afterpay, fintech and startups Innovation and entrepreneurship make society better — they force people to make services and products that are better for people. Reading this article which sheds light on the innovative Melbourne based startup Afterpay, I’m left wondering when is innovation bad for society? Here’s a question I’d like to see researchers tackle — Do young people using …

My role models.

There’s people I admire deeply, whose work, life and stories inspire me. As I connect the dots I realise how much influence my role models yield — the way I think, the ideas I have and the purpose I’d like my work to have. Here’s who they are: Leila Janah, founder of Samasource and LXMI and author of Give Work …

Dresden Optics is trash. Buy a pair today

How can prescription glasses possibly be $49 AND come with a lifetime warranty? Hello startups. Heard of Dresden Optics? German inspired, made with love in Australia. The story starts in 2016 when I had my new prescription and was looking for my first pair of glasses. I stumbled across the guys behind Dresden at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne …