About Candid Insights with Sahil Badruddin
Sahil interviews influencers, leaders, and intellectuals to draw out their candid insights and wisdom on important issues facing society today with thought-provoking questions that hit at the heart of a matter.
Sahil’s TEDx Talk —
Disagreement: An Essential Part of Pluralism
In his TEDx Talk, Sahil expands the Golden Rule to the way we treat and really respect other people’s ideas. He also explains that intellectual diversity means disagreement. Without difference, intellectual pluralism is impossible. In other words, if we already all agree, there can’t be any intellectual diversity.
Aasif Mandvi — British-American actor and comedian and a previous contributing correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — discusses his insights on his journey as an artist, current challenges in America, his personal advice to all artists, the future of entertainment platforms, globalization, the perceptions of Muslims, and his vision for the future.
Wajahat Ali — a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a previous consultant for the U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton — discusses his insights on Social Media, Mainstream Media, Echo Chambers, Journalism, Post-Fact Society, the Perceptions of Muslims, Think-Tanks, and his vision for the Future. Published for Sacred Matters Magazine (affiliated with Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship).
Hasan Minhaj — American comedian and actor and host of the Netflix series, Patriot Act — discusses his insights on current challenges in America, his personal advice to all artists, and the future of entertainment and comedy. Hasan was also the featured speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Published for Brown Girl Magazine
Dr. Karen Armstrong — an internationally acclaimed scholar and bestselling author of numerous books — discusses her insights on compassion, the Golden Rule, nationalism, materialism, cosmopolitan ethics, religious literacy, the future of religion, perceptions of religious people, religious institutions, personal search, and her vision for the future. Published for The.Ismaili
Dr. Ali Asani — Professor of Indo-Muslim Religion and Cultures at Harvard University — discusses his insights on the necessity of religious literacy, Harvard EdX and online courses, intellectual diversity and pluralism, storytelling and perception of Muslims, nationalism, and his vision for the future. Published for The.Ismaili
Dr. Karim H. Karim — Director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam and former Co-Director of Institute of Ismaili Studies — discusses his insights on knowledge and media bubbles. Dr. Karim also discussed the vision and challenges behind the Second International Ismaili Studies Conference he hosted in March 2017.
Dr. Karim Lakhani — Associate Professor at Harvard and Founder and Co-Director of their Laboratory for Innovation Science — discusses his insights on Open Innovation and how it can be leveraged by institutions.
Dr. Hussein Rashid — professor at Columbia University’s Department of Religion, founder of islamicate (a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency) — discusses his work, perceptions of Muslims, Cosmopolitan Ethics, rise of the Non-Affiliated, widespread antipathy towards faith, rampant materialism, and religious and cultural literacy. Published for The.Ismaili.
Dalia Mogahed — a member of former President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Faith Council and Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding — discusses her insights on Perception of Muslims, Understanding Polling, Rise in Non-Religion Category, and Intra-Faith Muslim cooperation. Published for OnFaith.Co
Dr. Eboo Patel — Founder of the Interfaith Youth Core and a member of former President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Faith Council — discusses his insights on Interfaith Leadership, Action, and Dialogue; Pluralism, Homogenization, and Intellectual Diversity; Partnerships, Faith Leadership, and his vision for the Future. Published for OnFaith.Co and The.Ismaili
Dr. Reza Aslan — best-selling author, public intellectual, religious studies scholar, producer, and television host — discusses his insights on Religious Literacy, popular culture and Muslims, Secularism, Pluralism, Relativism, echo chambers, intellectual diversity, future of Religion, and his book, God: A Human History. Published for OnFaith.Co