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Onions Talk: Change making through social engagement

53 EpisodesProduced by Fié NeoWebsite

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 impa… read more

53 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Signals for the future with Leila Hoballah

October 21st, 2022


Leila Hoballah is an entrepreneur, a community builder, a facilitator, an activist and a coach.
She co-founded in 2010 (left the …

Indigenous wisdom with Chantal Stormsong Chagnon

October 2nd, 2022


Chantal Stormsong Chagnon is an indigenous Cree Métis singer, drummer, artist, storyteller, actor, educator, workshop facilitator, social justice advocate and activist with roots in Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan …

Typhoons, art and community with Ra’z Salvarita

September 9th, 2022


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: …

Arts For Transformative Educational Change with Lynn Yau

August 19th, 2022


Lynn Yau is the CEO of The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection, which also stands for also stands for Arts For Transformative Educational Change. …

Applied theatre with Rangbhumi #changemakers

June 17th, 2022


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 …

Catalysing impact across sectors with Raïsa Mirza

May 27th, 2022


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 …

Sustenarts - Atomic Sounds

March 16th, 2022


This was a project between Seppure and artist Ng Sze Min. Seppure is a chemical filtration company whose technology allows industrial filtration …

Russia's war on Ukraine - A Georgian perspective

March 6th, 2022


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' …

Sustenarts - How tiny things can save our world.

February 7th, 2022


This episode is part 2 of our #Sustenarts series featuring biotech company TeOra (Rishita Changede and Yasaman Tavakoli) as well as artist Wendy …

Sustenarts - Insect Protein Pals

January 8th, 2022


Sustenarts is a program by INSEP that brings together sustainable enterprises and socially engaged arts to create projects that can scale climate …

Social innovation in Asia for systems change with Marco Shek #changemakers

December 21st, 2021


Marco started his change making journey as a counsellor in Hong Kong. Since then he’s worked in non profit, social enterprise, policy influencing …

Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program

October 4th, 2021


Zsolt Bugarszki is the founder of SEIP Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program and associate professor at Talliin University.

Key points from this …

Cereal party, daddy issues at The School of MA Part 2

September 15th, 2021


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 …

The School of Machines, Making & Make Believe with Rachel Uwa Part 1

September 15th, 2021


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 …

Swapping your mindset with Priyanka Shahra

September 8th, 2021


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 …

Funder’s perspective: Firetree philantropy and experimental funding

August 25th, 2021


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 …

Understanding the Creative Generation with Jeff M. Poulin #changemakers

July 29th, 2021


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. …

Public school teacher to entrepreneur: Custom Learning Atelier with Beth Salyers

July 7th, 2021


"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 …

Agribusiness startup in Singapore with Urban Tiller #changemakers

June 22nd, 2021


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 …

Systems change in action with Laura Francois #changemakers

June 7th, 2021


Laura is a social impact strategist and designer, co-founder of The Spaceship (education program that teaches change makers how to solve global …

Scaling impact with Mr Toilet, Jack Sim #changemakers

May 24th, 2021


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 …

Fore-fronting Art X Science: Trauma-Focused Practice with Laura Fischer #changemakers

May 10th, 2021


“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 …

Who prescribes change? Power and balance. Part 2. #conversations

April 27th, 2021


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 …

Get to know your host Fié Neo Part 1

April 26th, 2021


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 …

Processes for change with The Change Collective UK #changemakers

April 14th, 2021


This episode is with Dan Boyden, co-director of The Change Collective, which is a collective of arts practitioners working in complex environments, …

French but not French #blm #PFT

March 30th, 2021


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 …

Making your life as an artist with Andrew Simonet #changemakers

March 17th, 2021


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 …

Socially Engaged Arts and transformation with Madeleine McGirk, ITAC #conversations

March 3rd, 2021


Madeleine McGirk is the managing director of ITAC (International Teaching Artists Collaborative). This episode delves into the value and impact of …

The Tale of Twenty Twenty with Orode Faka #changemakers

February 18th, 2021


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 …

Poetry and social innovation in action: Josiane at SIX #conversations

January 12th, 2021


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 …

20 Reflections for 2020

December 30th, 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: …

Tap dance, music and social change with Corina Kwami #conversations

December 28th, 2020


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 …

Can plants sing? Plant music with Eily Aurora #conversations

December 23rd, 2020


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. …

Wayfinding with Social Innovation Exchange #changemakers

December 14th, 2020


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 …

Alternative Sustainable Development in SEA - The people and land story #changemakers

November 19th, 2020


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 …

Let’s talk about race #Singapore part 2 #conversations

November 5th, 2020


06:20 Interrupting racism requires courage and intentionality 18:30 Understanding privilege and how to be more aware 22:50 Micro Aggressions 29:50 …

Let’s talk about race part 1 #Singapore #conversations

November 5th, 2020


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 …

Humane technology and ethics in interaction design with Pawel Pokutycki #conversations

October 28th, 2020


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 …

Mental Health in Ecuador #conversations

October 24th, 2020


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 …

Understanding colonisation: Hawaii #conversations

October 19th, 2020


Iris shares their experience growing up in Hawaii and the islands’ difficult colonisation history. We discussed how one agreement with the United …

Redefining activism: Local connection and community care #changemakers

October 8th, 2020


Aysen shares her incredible story from Turkey to England, from escaping political imprisonment to building her philosophy around activism - activism …

Art and Versatility: Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence with Helen Yung

September 20th, 2020


Helen is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher with the Culture of Cities Centre, Board member with the Centre for Social Innovation, and a Salzburg …

Environmental Emergency, Internet and Futures with IAM #changemakers

September 14th, 2020


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 …

Human connection and communities through filmmaking with Andrea Zimmerman #changemakers

September 7th, 2020


What does it mean to be seen and heard? This episode is about human connection, image making, community building, activism and listening. Andrea Luka …

Horizontal Organisation: Ants at Enspiral #changemakers

August 27th, 2020

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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 …

The Common Room: Purpose and impact beyond age #changemakers

August 19th, 2020


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 …

Opera and change with Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 Part 2 #conversations

August 4th, 2020


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 …

Opera and change with Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野 Part 1 #conversations #BLM

August 4th, 2020


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 …

Šilainiai Project: Community projects and rethinking value #changemakers

July 28th, 2020


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 …

ISEAS Finland: About hope, fears and change #changemakers

July 19th, 2020


In this episode, I talk to Katja Juhola, founder of ISEAS (International Socially Engaged Art Symposium) about our fears, anxiety and worry about the …

Evermeadow Farm: Restorative and Regenerative Agriculture #changemakers

July 19th, 2020


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 …

Interwoven Productions with JoJo: Circular and Gift Economy in Creative Placemaking #changemakers

July 17th, 2020


JoJo is a founding member of Interwoven Productions CIC. Based in Exeter, United Kingdom, the company found a way to bring together elements of …

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