Entries by Taku Mbudzi

Lessons on Rejection and Disappointment

“What’s the most generous assumption I can make about the intentions, words and actions of others?” – Brené Brown What a year of faith and closed doors it has been…so far.  This week I found out my application for an arts grant was unsuccessful. My initial response was disappointment but I drummed up the courage […]

My TED Talk Dream Comes True in Australia

If EVER I could show you an image that simultaneously captures my past and my present, this would be it. I’m overjoyed to be speaking at TEDxUWA:Masterpiece in July but let me explain why this is such a big deal for me. This building is called Winthrop Hall and it’s on the main campus of […]

Shout Out for Young Public Speakers

I’ve spent 6 weeks teaching some INCREDIBLE young people how to be public speakers and on Sunday they delivered their final speeches and blew everyone away. Being different and fitting in isn’t always easy when you’re from a minority group. It was an absolute honour to help these young people see and express more of […]

A World Tour of Friendship

One day after another depressing news story about people picking on each other, I had a mad, crazy idea…what if I could start one million people talking to kids about friendship on 30 July, the U.N. International Day of Friendship? But Taku, that’s sheer madness! Yes I know, but nothing is impossible…if you ask your […]

Radio, Revolver and RTRFM 92.1

  At the end of April I was on RTRFM 92.1’s Revolver show talking creativity, comedy, ‎community, culture and stepping out of our comfort zones with Rich Maganga. By day he’s chasing a PhD in science (yikes!) and by night he’s hosting radio shows on RTRFM 92.1, a community radio station in Perth, Western Australia. Rich describes his […]

Let’s laugh during Perth Comedy Festival

Last month I decided that my next bold goal was premièring my one-woman stand-up comedy show.* Well, I’m still working on that but in the meantime I’ve decided to enter the Next Gen Comedy Competition during Perth Comedy Festival. The Perth Comedy Festival and Vulture Culture are looking for WA’s best up-and-coming local comedian. The event is […]

Harmony Day Australia Poem: Multiculturalism isn’t a bad word

As Harmony Day in Australia approaches I am starting to prepare speeches for school and community events. On 21 March 2016 the whole of Australia will celebrate its cultural diversity in different ways. When I speak to children in Australian schools I use humour and cartoons to explore topics like friendship, respect and inclusion. I wrote this […]

What I am Learning about being a Writer

“It is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we were.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi I am a writer and I can’t live without writing. I finally published my first book this year and since then people have asked me how […]