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Creating a Sense of Belonging: Insights from Renn Vara on Ethical Leadership and the Power of Education

I’ve always believed that belonging is a fundamental human need, but it took my conversation with Renn Vara to fully understand its magnitude and depth. Renn’s insights, formed from years of working with Silicon Valley tech companies, shed light on how the idea of belonging influenced Airbnb’s branding journey and how it’s a gift we…

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Advocacy, Storytelling, and Healing with Waad Al-Kateab and Mohammad

In this season finale, Lina is joined by journalist, filmmaker, activist, and special friend Waad Al-Kateab. They discuss the challenges of grieving as a refugee and the guilt around feeling sad for leaving Syria. They touch on the importance of allowing ourselves to mourn, while recognizing the privilege of being able to do so. Waad…

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Belonging, Activism, and the Struggle for Liberation: A Conversation with Lara Elborno and Lama

In this episode, Lina is joined by Lara Elborno, an international lawyer and creator of the Palestine Pod. Together, they discuss the complexities of activism, the concept of belonging, and the struggle for Palestine liberation. Then, from Karam House Istanbul, team member Lama recalls her Damascus memories and how connecting with the community makes her…

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Belonging to the Future with Amer Jandali and Alaa

In this episode, Lina chats with “futurist” Amer Jandali about belonging, the planet, and how we, as a global community can come together to shape our future. Then, from Istanbul, seventeen-year-old Alaa shares his unique understanding of belonging and why community means the world to him,

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A Reflection on the Turkiye-Syria Earthquake

In this special episode, Lina joins Karam Foundation Director of Communications, Rama Majzoub, for a conversation on the February Turkiye-Syria earthquakes. Together they discuss Karam’s emergency response, the needs of the community, and what Lina witnessed firsthand when she visited Reyhanli just days after the earthquake.

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The Language of Belonging with Nour Al Ghraowi and Sam Al Saman

In this episode, Lina chats with Nour Al Ghraowi, poet and member of the Karam Foundation team. They discuss belonging and the power of inclusive language. Then, from The Netherlands, 19-year-old Sam shares his unique journey of moving from one country to another to another and how it helped him shape a unique perspective on…

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Breaking Stereotypes with Laith Nakli and Layan

In this episode, Lina chats with Laith Nakle about representation and fitting in while standing out. Then, from Istanbul, Lina talks to Layan about finding yourself in the community around you.

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The Crux of Belonging with Wendy Pearlman and Bayan

In this episode, Lina talks to award-winning professor and author Wendy Pearlman about telling the stories of unheard voices and what authentic belonging comes down to. Then, we hear from Bayan from Reyhanli, Turkey and her perspective on finding home and being yourself.

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A reflection on 2022

In this surprise episode of Belongings, Lina reflects on the past year as Karam CEO and what the team in Turkey, in the US, and supporters made possible for refugees.

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Owning our Stories with Hassan Akkad and Abdulaziz

In this inspirational episode of Belongings, Lina speaks with Hassan Akkad, a Syrian refugee, photographer, filmmaker, and refugee rights activist in the United Kingdom about the refugee experience and the importance of owning and documenting our stories. Then, from the heart of Istanbul, 19-year-old Abdulaziz shares his story of hope and loss, and recounts intimate…

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