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Drumming with Fury..

https://twitter.com/abcthedrum/status/1291654929124225024?s=21 In tonight’s #The Drum:  Joining Ellen Fanning is Director of the Sydney Festival Wesley Enoch, Foreign Affairs Consultant Erin Watson-Lynn, political journalist Malcolm Farr and Cross-cultural consultant Tasneem Chopra. Breakdown: Reprieve for some Victorians feeling effects of COVID with JobKeeper available to more people – and dedicated help for Year 12 VCE students facing an uncertain exam season. Plus– men behaving appallingly in politics-again,  festival scene returning to Darwin, and the missing $250million of [...]

2020-08-08T00:21:33+00:00August 7th, 2020|

The Great Australian Dream, in Colour

‘What Does the Great Australian Dream Resemble when your Fair Go isn’t So Fair?’ This was the topic Cross-cultural consultant & author Tasneem Chopra OAM lead in a thought-provoking discussion for the National Library of Australia’s  ‘Seasons of Dreams’ series. Interrogating identity issues for Australians from diverse backgrounds, the panelists included: writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay OAM; founder of YARN Australia Warren Roberts; and writer, gender equality and mental health advocate Tarang Chawla, Click [...]

2020-08-01T02:45:37+00:00August 1st, 2020|

This is What Leadership Looks Like

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/24/behrouz-boochani-granted-refugee-status-in-new-zealand?CMP=share_btn_fb Seven years to the day since his detention in Australia’s offshore immigration facilities, @behrouzboochani has finally been granted refugee status by New Zealand. And it was his 37th birthday. This is a moment of unimaginable relief for Behrouz, who conceded this sense of freedom and security he has waited seven years for is a bitter sweet accolade knowing hundreds of other genuine refugees still linger in detention. This case highlights the myopic asylum seeker [...]

2020-07-24T03:02:32+00:00July 24th, 2020|

Be the Changemaker You Need to Be

“Tasneem was really approachable, professional and understood my concerns straight away. It was great to have her professional reassurance and leave with some practical advice (short term and long term) which I felt confident to implement. I would definitely recommend Tasneem's support for leadership strategies." This was recent feedback from a UK client who engaged my services in diversity and Inclusion strategies per organisational change management. Understanding the value of bold thinking in spaces that [...]

2020-07-22T23:19:20+00:00July 22nd, 2020|

Cooking for a Cause

As we embark upon the first ten blessed days of Dhul-hijjah (the 12th month in the Islamic lunar calendar) it seems like a fitting time to share in this Muslim Aid Australia cause I was chuffed to be involved with for their #QurbanChallenge. #CookForACause is an initiative to encourage culinary ideas from a mystery hamper of tailored and nutritious food- the kind of which will be distributed to those doing it tough all around the [...]

2020-07-21T01:04:24+00:00July 21st, 2020|

UK & Europe, Post Brexit: Where to from here?

Enjoyed moderating a Concordia Forum conversation on the the future of UK in Europe in a post-Brexit, post-COVID climate, with: 1) HE Enrico Letta (former Italian Prime Minister) 2) Catherine West MP(UK Shadow Europe & North America Minister) 3) Omid Nouripour (German Green Party, Foreign Affairs spokesperson) Such rich and expansive dialogue exploring impacts on trade, technology, mobility, nationalism and leadership. Amazing insights from some formidable though leaders- including questions from participants in Ukraine, Germany, [...]

2020-07-15T07:09:06+00:00July 13th, 2020|

The Great Karening

‪ My thoughts on the pandemic of faux feminist allies, aka ‘The Great Karening’, in SBS Voices today‬   By Tasneem Chopra 8 JUL 2020 - 7:32 AM  UPDATED 6 HOURS AGO It was supposed to be an icebreaker activity in the outer suburbs of Melbourne conducted by my colleague, Amina*. At the last minute, Amina’s manager – let’s call her, Karen from Kew, decided to observe and participate in this ‘grassroots’ East African women’s empowerment session. Known [...]

2020-07-08T04:13:57+00:00July 8th, 2020|

July 4th Hits a Hamilton High Note

I was fortunate today  to catch a screening of ‘Hamilton’- the Disney film of the actual broadway production. It told the story of Alexander Hamilton and his role in the independence of America from British sovereignty. I had heard much about this musical including that it was the most coveted show in Broadway history (tickets sold out for seasons in advance) etc.. the hype was significant. Typically, this is a recipe for disappointment when the [...]

2020-07-06T00:15:41+00:00July 4th, 2020|

Drumming in July

On tonight’s @abc_thedrum: Joining hostJulia Baird is founder of DAWN and Fairfield City Councillor Dai Le, political editor for The Australian Financial Review Phil Coorey, journalist and PhD candidate Amy McQuire, and Cross-Cultural Consultant, Tasneem Chopra. Topics canvassed included: the formal investigation into Dyson Heydon & sexual harassment in the legal profession; the COVID19 conspiracy theorists in hotspots; Eden-Monaro as a bellweather seat probability; Closing the Gap report and bureaucratic violence; contending with white feminism [...]

2020-07-03T09:49:46+00:00July 3rd, 2020|

Read the Zoom Room #ProTips

Pivoting to an almost full time arsenal of online engagement with clients and colleagues demands that we lift our game as communicators. Learning the art of engaging effectively, articulately and with purpose requires basic forward planning. Read the zoom room. Be concise. Be mindful of the body language you exude (eye rolls can be captured!). And don’t shy away from being personable - smile & nod in acknowledgement to those who speak with you. Perhaps [...]

2020-07-01T05:22:32+00:00July 1st, 2020|