| Izah Azahari |
A SEMINAR entitled ‘Teaspoons of Change: Personal choices, decisions and actions that have a positive impact on people and the planet’ was conducted yesterday at the residence of the Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Todd Mercer, who hosted the event in Kota Batu.
Heading the seminar was international educator, d’Arcy Lunn, who is passionate about teaching, sharing, volunteering, travel and learning. For the past 14 years, the Australian educator’s passions have taken him to more than 65 countries, and led him to provide over 400 global polio advocacy talks and efforts to see a polio-free world working in Australia, the US, Canada, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Uganda, Thailand and Brunei Darussalam in the last two years alone.
The event that brought together a wide-ranging group of inspiring Brunei civil society leaders and emerging figures heard d’Arcy talk about walking and cycling over 1,500km throughout Japan, giving presentations and writing daily updates on his personal choices, decisions and actions.
His experience on this journey inspired the Teaspoon of Change message that he shared with the seminar participants where he also drew on his broad experience as an educator and global citizen to challenge participants to think innovatively about how their organisations engage with the community and how they can work together to inspire and motivate others.
“Under the banner of collaboration for mutual benefit, people and organisations can strengthen their effectiveness which in turn strengthens their service to others,” said d’Arcy.
During the event, students from International School Brunei (ISB) were also invited to share their experiences participating in the Polio Points programme, which is now an internationally recognised initiative that was started here in Brunei through collaboration between ISB and Standard Chartered Bank Brunei.
Students who display good characteristics of being a Global Citizen are awarded Polio Points from their teachers. The Polio Points are then matched by a donation from the bank towards UNICEF’s polio eradication programme in Pakistan. This enables students at ISB to help vaccinate children in Pakistan as Polio Points is a simple idea but is incredibly engaging and effective.
Following the interactive seminar, participants were able to continue the conversations it generated and plan new areas of collaboration over lunch with d’Arcy and the High Commissioner.
Moreover, the High Commission was pleased to be able to bring together such an inspiring group of Bruneians to enable them to network, learn and grow under the guidance of d’Arcy.
This is d’Arcy’s fourth visit to Brunei and during his week-long visit he will also be conducting seminars at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), local schools including ISB and Jerudong International School, and with key local businesses and community groups.
If you’re interested in learning more about his work or having him inspire your organisation on a future visit then you can see his Teaspoons of Change initiative on Facebook under teaspoonsofchange or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.