Joshua Iosefo on intersectionality of self and others, and his journey creating Odd Daphne.

About the speaker

Award-winning (and viral sensation) poet, playwright, film director, theatre director and company co-founder, Joshua Iosefo enjoys activating communities and facilitating positive change through storytelling.

He is proud to be born and raised in South Auckland and is the founder of Odd Family, a creative collective of ‘heartists’ who are dedicated to telling meaningful stories that encourage Pasifika families to engage in conversations surrounding mental wellbeing, trauma, LGBTQI+ narratives and identity.

Joshua is well-known for his viral Spoken Word poem ‘Brown Brother’ which he performed at the age of 17. Have a watch here!

Since then, he’s had an extensive career as a motivational speaker for TED, the Ministry of Education, Teach for All, Duffy Books in Homes, Fuji Xerox, National Young Leaders Day and schools and Universities across the country. He was named Valedictorian and awarded Graduate of the Year speaking at his graduation (which gained global media attention! Link here

As a strong believer in the transformational power of education and storytelling, Joshua currently works with Toi Ora with Tautai Pacific Arts Trust and Creative New Zealand and is part of the Oceanian Leadership Network at AUT. He does all of this while studying a Master of Philosophy in Communication Studies. Need we say more!

Prepare yourselves to be motivated, inspired and educated with an awesome talk on the theme of Spectrum this Friday with Joshua Iosefo. See you there!

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