“We can transform the world by transforming ourselves and being there as an example to other people so they can see that everything is possible.” Zerbanoo Gifford
Riding chariots into battle and building paradise gardens.
How to engage moral courage to carry torches of justice, beauty and possibility where shadows loom.
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About this interview:
In this episode Amisha is in conversation with author and humanitarian Zerbanoo Gifford – founder of the Asha centre for young people, former politician, award-winning activist for social justice, cosmic networker and total badass force for change.
Zerbanoo – whose name means “Lady of Gold” and originates in an ancient tradition from her Zoroastrian roots – has a deep understanding of Karma and that we can gauge the qualities of a human being by their actions. By this measure, she herself is surely one of the finest. Her great legacy in a material sense is the Asha centre in the Forest of Dean. It is a sacred place without agenda where children and young people from across the globe gather to connect with themselves, with each other and with nature in a place of beauty and freedom, and to discover what it is they wish to do in the world.
Zerbanoo shares some of the most shocking and inspiring moments from her decades of pioneering work as an Asian woman in British politics – opening doors for others in the political arena and going into battle spurred on by the moral courage to stand up to hatred and prejudice. She speaks of the absolute importance of beauty and how we all deserve to experience a paradise garden on earth, as well as the importance of keeping a little madness in the mix and the near death experience that changed the course of her life completely.
Together the two women discuss the way in which we prepare our children and young people for the world and what is missing from our educational systems, how we might turn our selection of political candidates on its head for a better future, and what needs to change for us to invest more in projects where the outcomes are unknown – and therefore might just be magical.
“You don’t have to prove yourself to anybody. You do what you instinctively know is good and you bring joy to yourself and others.” Zerbanoo Gifford
To find out more about the Asha Centre, visit their website.
To connect or work with Amisha Ghadiali, visit www.amisha.co.uk
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