Finding Perspective PodcastFeb 21, 2021
The Creative Process of Typewriting Poetry
In this episode, Kapil sat down with Nicole Bursafy who is an author, writer, and a freestyle poet specializing in typewriting poetry. Nicole speaks about her exposure to the arts since childhood, and the influences that allowed her to continuously express herself as an emerging creative.
Nicole also explains being a typewriting poet, and how she enjoys sitting with her typewriter and producing freestyle poems on the spot!
Starting a Business Straight out of School
In this Episode Kapil sits down with Dan Gelshteyn, who is a Toronto based entrepreneur and is the founder of ELXR Juice Labs. ELXR Juice labs focuses on creating tasty products that are 100% organic and have all sorts of health benefits. Dan speaks on his foundation growing up, his experience in business school, and how he was able to launch a business that he was passionate about, straight out of school at the age of 22. Dan gives a behind the scenes look in to the life of an entrepreneur and provides advice for aspiring business owners.
Leaving University to Become a Practicing Monk
In this episode Kapil sits down with Bhante Joe. Bhante Joe is a practicing Buddhist monk who is based out of the Toronto, Canada area. Bhante Joe was once a business student at Ryerson University, but as time went on he decided that his life had a different purpose. He embarked on a new path, and trained to become a monk, and was eventually ordained. In this interview Bhante Joe talks about becoming a monk, teachings that he has learned along his journey, and more!
Launching Toronto’s Largest and Longest Running Open Mic Event
In this episode Kapil sits down with Toronto based spoken word artist, community leader, and arts educator Randell Adjei. Randell is one of the founders of Toronto’s largest and longest running open mic event known as RISE. Randell talks about his humble beginnings as a youth, and how the arts became an outlet for him. Randell also talks about the power of the arts and how it can transform communities in a positive way.
The World of Social Psychology
Social interactions are essential for our survival and for the future of our society.
But do we ever think about what our underlying motivations are for creating our social bonds?
In this episode, Kapil sits down with Ward Struthers who is a Social Psychology University Professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. Ward breaks down the key concepts of Social Psychology and explains what inspired him to go in to this line of work. Ward also talks about the current research that he is working on.
A Childhood Experience to be Remembered Forever
One night when Jette Stubbs was a child, she was playing outside her house as two men had grabbed her, and broken into her house demanding money from her parents. In this episode we will play a recording of Jette sharing this story at a live event in Toronto, Canada. We then go in to an in depth interview with Jette as she breaks down the experience and how it had affected her. In this episode Jette talks about the power of storytelling. Today Jette is a successful career coach and she will also be launching her own podcast very soon entitled "The Happy Career Formula".
How a Funeral Home Director Learned About Life and Legacy
From a young age Codi Shewan was fascinated with people’s life stories. He would often cut out obituaries from his local newspaper and wanted to learn more about the lives of the individual’s in these obituaries. Codi took his passion to new heights as an adult, when he began working in the funeral home industry, and worked his way up to funeral home director. Codi had an epiphany, and he began to ask himself if individuals were truly living their lives as the greatest version of themselves, and if they were living their legacy everyday, rather than just leaving a legacy after they had passed away. In this episode Codi breaks down the lessons he has learned from his experiences, this inspired him to write his first book “Everyday Legacy”.
How a Violent & Life Altering Event Led a Man to Launch His Own Tea Company
When you look back at your life, what event stands out the most? In this episode Daniel Lewis breaks down a violent encounter in which he was stabbed multiple times and was left to die. Thankfully Daniel had lived through the experience, and spent a few weeks in the hospital. While in the hospital he had an epiphany and decided that he would launch his own business.. a tea company! This idea would change his life forever. Entrepreneurship would take Daniel to many different places across the world, including serving tea to Prince Charles!
Behind The Scenes in to The Life of a DJ
We all love a great party, and what makes a party successful? Great music and a great DJ! In this episode, Kapil sits down with Deejay T-Jr, as she talks about what goes on behind the scenes in the life of a DJ. She speaks about her love for hip hop, being a competitor, her trials & tribulations, as well as the adversities she has faced in her line of work. You can follow Deejay T-Jr on Instagram at @deejaytjr
Escaping a World of Human Trafficking to Becoming a Successful Lawyer
This is one of the most remarkable stories ever told!!! In this episode of the Finding Perspective Podcast, Kapil sat down with Vanessa Jass to have her share her story of growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Vanessa details an 18 month period in her life when she was forced in to the world of human trafficking. She breaks down her experience through this very tough time in her life, and what it felt like to have no hope, as well as coping with the death of a dear friend. Vanessa knew deep inside that this was not going to be her future. Her life took a drastic turn for the better when she had escaped the world of human trafficking, and set her mind to going to law school to achieve her dreams of becoming a successful lawyer!
How an Orphan Met His Biological Father 35 Years Later
Thanh Campbell was brought over to Canada in 1975 by a group of Canadian rescuers during the Vietnam War. Thanh was soon adopted by a family who raised him for the rest of his life. As Thanh grew up he began to learn more about his past, and where he came from. He began publicly sharing his story, and his story started to gain some momentum. He thought he was the only one, but he later learned out that there were many other orphans who were also on the same flight. After the story gained worldwide attention, one day Thanh received an email that there was a man in Vietnam who claimed to be his biological father! In this episode Kapil sits down with Thanh and goes deep in to Thanh's life story. Thanh is the author of the book Orphan 32 which details his entire life journey.
From Being Homeless to Working With the Toronto Raptors
We all have a dream, but how far are we willing to go to make our dream a reality? Patrick Bizindavyi moved to Canada from his native land of Burundi in the early 2000's. Back home in Burundi Patrick was a basketball coach, and he also worked in radio. His love for basketball had him relocate to Canada, with the dream of working in radio in Toronto. After many attempts at securing stable work, Patrick found himself without a home, and living on the streets. A civil war had broken out back home, and he had no choice but to stay put in Toronto. In this episode, Kapil sits down with Patrick to learn about his struggles of being homeless and to eventually landing his dream job of broadcasting games for the Toronto Raptors!!
Escaping an Abusive Marriage & Launching a Movement
In this episode Kapil sits down with author Jessica Santonato, author of the book "Flip the Script", as she discusses being married to a drug dealer and escaping the marriage after a serious and violent incident. Jessica also talks about finding her purpose buy starting her own storytelling event in Toronto , and launching her own initiative to help men in prisons who are currently incarcerated, as well as working with those in the community who struggle with substance abuse. Follow Kapil on instagram @_kapilghai & @findingperspectivepodcast. Follow Jessica on Instagram at @Jess.Santonato.
Introduction to Kapil
In this episode, Kapil Ghai, the host of the Finding Perspective Podcast, gives the listeners an introduction to who he is, and his journey to starting this podcast. Kapil talks about what inspires him in his day to day life, and how he found inspiration over the years to always find creative outlets. Kapil talks about why he is so fascinated by storytelling, and what types of guests he will be having on the upcoming episodes.