Community with Dr Monty Badami

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Ben and I are always on the look-out for fascinating people to chat with for the poggie, and today’s guest is no exception. In fact, I think he’s probably got one of the most varied careers of anyone we’ve spoken with so far.

He is an:

  • Anthropolgist
  • Civil Marriage Celebrant
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Jazz Singer
  • English Teacher
  • Tai Chi Instructor
  • Youth Worker
  • Bouncer…
  • and is training to become an officer in the Australia Reserve!

To say that Dr Sumant Badami (Dr Monty as he is known to most) leads a busy life is an understatement. Ben first met Monty at Dr Arne Rubenstein’s leadership camp back in July, in fact this conversation is a great extension to Episode 91 when Ben spoke to Arne about Rights of Passage and the importance of strong role models in Western society.

In yet another Ben ‘takeover’ episode, Monty talks about the importance of community and what it means on a very fundamental level to be part of a community. Monty shares a beautiful story about his research travels in South India where he visited the Paniya, a marginalised indigenous ethnic group, who were slaves until quite recently and what that taught him about being accepted and valued in a community.

In a very articulate way, Monty challenges the concept of the ‘broken community’ in Western culture and what he believes we need to do to better connect with like-minded people (*hint: it’s pretty simple!)

This is an extremely enlightening conversation that is designed to spark conversation (and many more questions!) rather than provide the answers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Also, if you enjoy the chat be sure to check out Monty’s new podcast over at “The meaning of…”

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