Ben Tupas on the importance of active listening and identifying the gaps
Ben Tupas challenges us to build more inclusivity into our practices and lives. He talks about his experiences with active listening in rural communities, and coming to understand his own story.
About the speaker
Benjamin Tupas is a digital storyteller and multidisciplinary artist. Working in the areas of video, photography and graphic design, he is passionate about telling human stories with a strong sense of place.
In 2016, Benjamin co-founded Story Artist Run Collective (storyARC) an artist-run initiative for digital storytellers with theatre artist Sarah Peters. Benjamin is also director of LIT Festival: Stories in Light, a biennial two-day night festival that shares local stories through site-specific light projection and light sculptures.
His work has been seen and heard in The Guardian, Australian Audio Guide and FBI Radio’s All The Best. Previously, Benjamin worked as a digital producer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s innovative regional storytelling project ABC Open.
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There are universal themes in stories that allow us to connect. — Ben Tupas
Who's missing? — Ben Tupas
Sometimes work is a season; you have to take a break so that you can reconnect with what you love. — Ben Tupas
Inclusive practice means having allies from the very start. — Ben Tupas
A bit of a caveat with active listening as a way to be more inclusive: not everyone is ready to share their story. — Ben Tupas