How do we turn data in a spreadsheet into meaningful ideas and stories that move, calm and embolden us? This is just one of the questions we explore in an interview with visual storyteller and nutritionist Nima Yaghmaei, whose work has spanned storytelling projects with Syrian refugees to communities in India.

Through his photography at nyagphotos, Nima attempts to break down the imbalances of power and access to share the stories of the forgotten half of the human race.

Tune in to join this conversation.

And here’s what else we’re enjoying in the world of conscious storytelling this month:

Listening

 
In this episode of the Dream For Others podcast, Naomi Arnold interviews Jana Favero from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. What we love about this interview is Jana’s tips on how to talk about forced displacement from a place of shared values – family, opportunity, safety and dignity – rather than quantifying numbers that strip a person of their identity.

Reading

 
Why does one of the most important and heart-wrenching issues – the Syrian refugee crisis – have so much trouble attracting donations? Why were people more willing to give to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and the 2011 tsunami in Japan? It’s a matter of bad marketing according to Charles Duhigg from The New York Times. “Marketing is the art of telling stories so enthralling that people lose track of their wallets. And every marketer knows such stories can’t be too complicated.”

Loving

 
Nima’s Instagram trail @nyagphotos and huge following on Facebook are a tribute to the raw audacity of the forgotten half of the human race that he captures with such dignity through his photography. Enjoy getting lost in his world!

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