Upstanders is a Stand Up Podcast series - real and authentic conversations with the dream-chasers and change-makers who deserve to be heard.


Episode Five: Rabbi Jacqui Ninio
Published: August 23, 2017. Themes: .

Rabbi Jacqui Ninio is the third ever Australian-born female Rabbi. She is a passionate, powerful and vital voice for compassion and justice in our community – on topics such as asylum seekers, marriage equality and more. We talked about the impact that gender has on her role as a Rabbi and community leader, and how and when she chooses to speak out on the contentious and controversial issues affecting society and our community. I hope you enjoy listening as much I did interviewing. 

Episode Four: Jarrod White
Published: July 4, 2017. Themes: mental health, psychology, trauma.

In this episode, we chat with Jarrod White about some of the WHYs of life. We talked a lot about why Jarrod thinks that Vince Vaughn would play him in a movie of his life, why remembering our past is vital for our future, why he parties as a means of release from the heavy emotional toll of his job and why and how he builds a tribe around him that allows him to be who he wants to be. Jarrod has just completed his PHD in psychology having written his thesis on how different cultural groups deal with trauma, he’s also an active community leader, pioneering game-changing mental health projects such as Life of Others, which you’ll hear more about in this episode. We had a good laugh but also got deep about some very important topics. Enjoy the episode!

Episode Three: Adina Bankier-Karp
Published: June 15, 2017. Themes: .

In this episode, we chat with Adina Bankier-Karp - an inspiring teacher, and thought-leader. Adina asks incisive questions and passionately encourages critical thinking. She just oozes intelligence and this is clear throughout the episode. You’ll leave this episode inspired to learn more and think deeper and clearer about your own views on a range of issues, including airport security, entertainment for education, organ donation, community vision and how to most effectively teach children about empathy and compassion.

Episode Two: Eyal Halamish
Published: June 13, 2017. Themes: Activist, Democracy, Politics.

Eyal has been an activist, lobbyist, political staffer, management consultant for Fortune 500 companies in banking and mining and a social entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of OurSay, an organisation which helps leaders level with their communities with easy to use technologies. His organisation has received a Crikey Media Innovation Award and the International Association of Public Participation Core Values Award in 2013 for helping civic leaders make relevant decisions by keeping their communities close. Eyal is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Sandboxer, Unreasonable Institute Fellow, and Center for Sustainability Leadership Fellow. Social change and making a difference is in his blood.

Episode One: Lauren Glezer
Published: May 16, 2017. Themes: Health, Spirituality, Wellbeing.

Lauren Glezer is an inspiring teacher, musician and poet. In this episode, Lauren is beautifully eloquent and articulate, talking about her past troubles with body image and her advice to others who may be feeling the same way. We talked about, ambition, happiness, how to compliment people and mean it, how to love yourself and accept yourself and so much more. She is so open and honest, self-aware and thoughtful. You will leave this podcast feeling reassured, re-energised and full of passion.