Author: Mobinah Ahmad

The significance of superficiality

I found myself sitting at a round table full of people I knew of but can’t really say I know well enough. Whilst they engaged in the kind of small talk which I find deplorable: “What do you do?”, “Where are you from?”, “Where do you live?” and the pointless questions we ask one another to judge based on superficial information,  I noticed something. No one was asking me those questions. I couldn’t figure out if it was a good thing or a bad thing. It’s good in the sense that I’m not having the same boring conversations over...

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Taboo Talk launch at Google HQ

  The launch of Taboo Talk was held on Monday 30 January at Google HQ in Pyrmont, Sydney.  Taboo Talk is a real-life platform for people to come together and talk about pertinent issues in a brave space with trained facilitators. The aim of the initiative is to open discussion about topics that affect all of us. Taboo Talk aspires to be a new, grass-root initiative for actual, social change. The audience were welcomed by the founder of Taboo Talk, Amirah Amin. She presented the house rules and gave a warm introduction about the purpose and necessity of the...

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Nazeem heads into the Jungle starring in Reality Show

Australian Muslim comedian, actor and radio presenter, Nazeem Hussain is currently starring as one of the celebrities in the  third season of Network Ten’s reality TV Show, “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!” Well known for starring in Salam Cafe and his critically acclaimed show, Legally Brown, Nazeem, 31, along with nine other competitors is spending over a month in the South African jungle living off a very basic diet of beans and rice. They will be competing in challenging tasks in order to make it through and ultimately win $100,000 for their chosen charity. Nazeem’s chosen charity is InTouch: the Multicultural Centre...

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Abdullahi Alim: WA Young Australian of the Year 2017

Director of MYHACK and digital innovator, Abdullahi Alim, 24, is on the honour roll as the WA Young Australian of the Year 2017 and one of the finalists as Young Australian of the Year for 2017, nationally.  Alim’s  is a remarkable story, from Somalian refugee to accomplished high achiever, Social Innovator, and co-founded of an innovation lab to solve issues of contemporary concern. His work has attracted partners from the Australian Government to Google and the US Department of State. Alim’s many achievements include a program he launched virtually combats violent extremist propaganda. MYHACK, an anti-extremism hackathon that Alim coordinates, has seen young Australians create cutting-edge digital...

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Celebrating the everyday heroism of ordinary people

Almost a week before Australia Day 2017,  on Friday 20 January almost 800 people attended this year’s first Australia Day Lunch at Sydney’s new International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour. Guests enjoyed performances by Guy Sebastian and the incredible Indigenous KARI Choir, who sang the National Anthem in Dharawal and English. The event celebrated the everyday heroism of ordinary people. Seated close to the stage, honoured to be seated on the Multicultural NSW table, I got a fantastic view of the KARI Choir’s performance. The highlight by far, was when they sang the first verse of the Australian Anthem in the...

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