31 episodes

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.

What Can We Do‪?‬ Prema Menon

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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.

    Raising awareness of financial abuse and helping survivors - Tasnia Alam, ARISE Foundation

    Raising awareness of financial abuse and helping survivors - Tasnia Alam, ARISE Foundation

    Tasnia Alam co-founded ARISE Foundation to reveal the impact of financial abuse and provide financial freedom for women traditionally considered 'unbankable'. Tasnia has a background in Applied Finance and Law and was most recently an Associate Director at NSW Treasury. She has a decade of public and private sector experience across various industries, including audit, legal, corporate finance and public policy development.

    In this episode, Tasnia talks about what motivated her to start Arise, what financial abuse looks like, and the impact Arise Foundation hopes to create. 

    What Can We Do is produced by Samuham Media, and hosted by Prema Menon. 

    This podcast is also available on major podcast platforms.

    • 19 min
    Serving the Brisbane Community - Ansary Muhammed, Merciful Servants

    Serving the Brisbane Community - Ansary Muhammed, Merciful Servants

    Merciful Servants has delivered over 150,000 packets of food over the last 7 years, supporting Brisbane's homeless and vulnerable populations. Managing Director, Ansary Muhammed, started this organisation with the aim to end hunger, in a city where approximately 1 in 200 people experience homelessness. 

    In this episode, Ansary talks about what drives him, the challenge Brisbane's communities are now facing and how he's nurturing the next generation of community leaders. 

    What Can We Do is produced by Samuham Media, and hosted by Prema Menon. Prema works in a project and operations capacity in the not-for-profit sector.

    Check out previous episodes and transcripts here: whatcanwedopodcast.com  

    This podcast is also available on major podcast platforms.

    • 17 min
    Local representation in communities - Charishma Kaliyanda, Liverpool City Councillor

    Local representation in communities - Charishma Kaliyanda, Liverpool City Councillor

    Charishma Kaliyanda was elected to the Liverpool City Council in 2016. Charishma was born in Bangalore, India, and moved to Australia when she was four years old. Starting her journey in student politics, Charishma has become an important voice for Liverpool City communities.  

    In this episode, Charishma talks about the hurdles women of colour need to clear in elected office, how the recent strict lockdowns affected southwest Sydney communities, and why local community representation is important.

    What Can We Do is produced by Samuham Media, and hosted by Prema Menon. Prema works in a project and operations capacity in the not-for-profit sector.

    Check out previous episodes and transcripts here: whatcanwedopodcast.com  

    This podcast is also available on major podcast platforms.

    • 23 min
    Homecooked Meals for CALD Communities in the City of Casey - COOK4CALD

    Homecooked Meals for CALD Communities in the City of Casey - COOK4CALD

    COOK4CALD started as a passion project to feed culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities facing hardship in the City of Casey. The organisation was founded by Ashvina De Zoysa. Today it has grown into a 50 member strong volunteer organisation that has become a vital source of support for CALD individuals and families who live in the City of Casey and surrounding areas.  

    In this episode, I speak to Olivia Acciarito, COOK4CALD's Treasurer. Olivia joined as a volunteer during the first summer food relief program in 2020.   

    Olivia talks about the gap that COOK4CALD fills, the barriers that CALD communities face during crises and how we can look out for one another in our communities.

    What Can We Do is produced by Samuham Media, and hosted by Prema Menon.  Prema works in a project and operations capacity in the not-for-profit sector.

    Check out previous episodes and transcripts here: whatcanwedopodcast.com  

    This podcast is also available on major podcast platforms.

    • 22 min
    Raising Awareness of Chronic Illness and Disability - Tessa Deak

    Raising Awareness of Chronic Illness and Disability - Tessa Deak

    Tessa Deak is a Mount Gambier based disability advocate who has led and been involved in several chronic illness, mental health, and disability-related initiatives in the Limestone Coast. Tessa is passionate about making a change in her community and tries to use her lived experience of chronic illness/disability to educate others and spread awareness.

    Tessa has been recognised for her work and won the 7News SA Young Achiever Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award in 2021, among other nominations.  

    In this episode, Tessa talks about how she got started in advocacy work, the changes she has observed through the course of her work, and how to overcome the fear of stepping outside of your comfort zone. 

    What Can We Do is produced by Samuham Media, and hosted by Prema Menon.  Prema works in a project and operations capacity in the not-for-profit sector.

    Check out previous episodes and transcripts here: whatcanwedopodcast.com  

    This podcast is also available on major podcast platforms.

    • 19 min
    Intentional Storytelling - Paige Krystal Wilcox

    Intentional Storytelling - Paige Krystal Wilcox

    Paige Krystal Wilcox (she/her) uses Intentional Storytelling to create compelling stories that counter mainstream media's unhealthy or unhelpful bias, tropes, and stereotypes.

    In this episode, Paige shares why she got started in Intentional Storytelling, the challenges she initially faced, and what she has learnt through her journey so far. 

    What Can We Do is produced by Samuham Media, and hosted by Prema Menon.  Prema works in a project and operations capacity in the not for profit sector.   

    Check out previous episodes and transcripts here: whatcanwedopodcast.com  

    This podcast is also available on major podcast platforms.

    • 29 min

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