Youth Mentoring

youth mentor certI’m officially a Youth Mentor for Oxfordshire County!

It essentially works like the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme in the United States, but adopted by Social Services for the disaffected young people of the local area.

If you’re interested in becoming a Youth Mentor in Oxfordshire, go to:

Otherwise, it’s easy to just Google the local youth mentoring programme near you.

So excited to meet my mentee!

‘The Philippine Peace Agreement: Let’s Maintain Diligence’

philippinepeaceagreementMy op-ed on the current status of the peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was published as a (front page!) feature on Open Democracy.

Full article:’s-maintain-diligence

Last year, the Philippine government struck a historic peace deal with the Islamist rebels. But the devil is in the details, which have yet to be agreed upon. Who will make sure they create a just and lasting peace, and how?

It has been about seven months since the signing of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF or ‘Islamic Front’), and while both sides continue to work through details, it is reassuring that peace has held. In the context of some personal insights on the People Power Revolution, and recent events in Malaysia, I hope to offer suggestions on how this peace agreement can reach its full potential…

The Metta Center

mettagandhiThe Metta Center, as part of its continuous development, has formed a Strategic Advisory Council (SAC), which they have invited me to be a member of.  Additionally, they have offered me a writing fellowship under the title ‘Liaison to Wisdom Traditions’.

About the SAC:

First publication as a Metta writing fellow:

Jon Cartwright Photography

jon_cartwrightJon Cartwright, trained philosopher and ITV-turned-freelance photographer, took these shots of my body art for a photo series documenting tattoos, the body, and personal meaning:

[13 November 2014]  Congratulations to Jon for being featured in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for his portrait of the late English actor, Roger Lloyd-Pack.  The exhibition runs until 22 February 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery.  Don’t miss it!

Borough Common Folk Carols

12112011-02-boroughcommonfolkcarolsThis year, I was given the honour to participate (accordion and backing vocals) in a British Folk Christmas album!

Have a listen here:

And if you are so inclined to purchase the tracks, all proceeds go to the Robes Project, a charity supporting the homeless in the UK:

Merry Christmas!

[7 December 2014] The annual Borough Common Folk Carols will be on Sunday, 14th December this year, and I will be playing the ol’ squeezebox again.  Free admission with a collection for the Robes Project.  All welcome!  Details here: