All my stirring becomes quiet…

My time at Connecting4Community was powerful in the sense that it allowed me to shed my layers and connect with people instantly at a deep level. We were all there for the same reason, to create community. It also helped that I didn’t have to explain what I did or why I did it – […]

Day 3: The Law of Two Feet

Welcome to Open Space. When Harrison Owen, the inventor of Open Space Technology, walked into our room at Connecting4Community and started talking, everyone went silent. He is, after all, a celebrated leader in our community, one that pioneered the way for facilitation and conflict resolution. He is also a master storytelling, and he instantly captivated […]

Day 2: Disruption

The Fear of Missing Out, otherwise known as FOMO. My friends and I use this expression when we don’t want to leave a party early or say ‘No’ to an opportunity for fear of missing something important, exciting or transformational. My 20s were dominated by a FOMO – and now, in my 30s, I am […]

Day 1: In a World Full of Wonder

“There is a movement afoot” said Peter Block in his opening speech today. This was followed by a group sing-a-long, led by Barbara McAfee, as we chanted “We are in a world full of wonder”. Truer words have never been spoken. I first heard about Connecting4Community last summer when I was at a barbecue in North […]

Women Giving Back

I am honoured to be nominated for this year’s YWCA Women of Distinction awards, celebrating women making a difference in their communities through volunteerism and philanthropy. I’ve long respected the YWCA and the work that they do, and I consider it a huge milestone in my professional career to be acknowledged by such an amazing […]

Why Not Lean Into Something Better?

I have been reading with great fervor all of the articles coming out surrounding Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, and still I am left unsatisfied. The challenge with being a feminist in an arguably post-feminist space is finding your own voice amidst the masses. I remember being at […]

Future Storytelling

When I was approached by Adaptive Edge to help capture the stories surrounding the future of real estate in the United States, I didn’t hesitate for a second. AdaptiveEdge is a strategic planning firm based in San Francisco and is run by two former Vancouverites, Nicole Boyer, Founder and CEO, and Betina Schonberger, Senior Practice […]