Ahava Shira – The Heartful Entrepreneur

 

Who are you?

I am a poet, storyteller, performer, photographer, and long-time journal writer. I am the founder of the Centre for Loving Inquiry, where I facilitate individual and group mentoring programs, retreats and home-study courses for people who want to bring more creativity and compassion into their lives. The practice of Loving Inquiry supports us to open our hearts and to engage with more kindness and curiousity toward ourselves and others.

I also work as the program facilitator for the Connecting Generations Program, which creates opportunities for conversation and learning between high school students, youth, adults and elders in the Salt Spring Island community.

I am the host of Love in the Afternoon, a radio show that walks listeners through the practice of Loving Inquiry, and encourages them to live with more creativity and compassion (on Salt Sprig Radio, CFSI 107.9FM or www.cfsi-fm.com online).

I am also the author of a book of poetry, Weaving of My Being and a poetry CD, Love is Like This. To learn more about my work visit www.ahavashira.com/

What do you do for fun?

I write, do yoga, walk in nature, hang out with my Goddess-son, listen to all kinds of music, host my radio show, make raw truffles, watch movies with my partner, play in a collage journal, read novels and non-fiction books on relationships, work and spirituality, sip tea in cafes and have wonderfully deep conversations with friends and clients.

What is your favourite community? Why?

The human and more-than-human community because I am intrigued and delighted by our interconnectedness. I live on a farm and find joy and refuge in nature’s variety and beauty.  I also love listening to people’s stories and learning about the diverse ways they live.

What is your superpower?

I am present and alert when I am speaking or being with others and that makes me highly intuitive and a really good listener. I am also very good at improvisation: being willing to “not know” what’s going to happen, to stay open and to say yes to whatever emerges in the moment. I use these superpowers in my work as a writer, facilitator, mentor, radio show host and as a speaker and performer.

How do you use it to build community?

In my experience, we build community when we are kind and authentic and when we share our unique gifts and ways of being in the world. Through the Centre for Loving Inquiry, Connecting Generations and Love in the Afternoon, I am helping to create a world that honours the diversity and interdependence of all people and all beings. In my writing and teaching, I seek to relate to people with openness, empathy and compassion.

My Three Favourite Things About Ahava Are…

1. Entrepreneurial Spirit. I love the myriad ways that Ahava both engages and builds community; from hosting a radio show to truffle making, she is an absolute model as to how the practice of education can uniquely realize its potential. Ahava speaks with authenticity and positive energy that captivates audiences and clients in a one-on-one environment and her many projects reflect the passion with which she connects with her community.

2. Connecting Across Generations. The Connecting Generations Program is just fantastic! Our elders have so many stories to share and so much history that can, well, warn us about mistakes we might be repeating and, more importantly, inspire us to build a better and happier future. Connecting youth and elders represents an unfortunate gap in many communities, and it’s inspiring to see how Ahava and her team are creating and sustaining such an important connection.

3. Lovin’ the Creativity! Reading this interview simply makes me feel love and creativity. Such things radiate from Ahava. And this is a beautiful thing!

 

Net Impact Combines Community, Environment and Business

On Friday, April 20th, UBC Net Impact will host the 10th Annual Net Impact Conference and Sustainability Expo, “Sustainability: Beyond Rhetoric”.Join over 200 business and student leaders to discuss the challenges and best practices in the sustainable business arena; propelling the conversation beyond the rhetoric that can too often dominate this space.

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Moderated panels for the day will highlight impassioned discussions on:

- Clean Tech & Energy
- Impact & Ethical Investing
- Leadership in Corporate Responsibility
- Measurement & Benchmarking
- Natural Resources & Mining

Come enjoy a keynote address from CEO of global clean tech venture capital leader Chrysalix, Wal van Lierop. Spend the day engaging key leaders from companies across industries at panel discussions and at the Sustainability Expo, and again over drinks at the evening’s Networking with Purpose event at the Granville Room.

Participating sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers include representatives from Baja Mining, SAP, Teck Resources, Westport Innovations, VanCity, Ecotrust Canada, Offsetters, Green Angel Energy, First Power, BC Hydro, NEI Investments, Board of Change and many more!

Be a part of this exciting event! Register here today: ubcnetimpact.eventbrite.ca

(Registration closes Monday, April 16.)
Find out more: www.ubcnetimpact.org

Some of the Coolest School (Community) Programs in Vancouver

Ok, this is the first time (though likely not the last time) I’m going to toot the horn about my employer the Vancouver School Board. Part of the reason I wanted to write this blog post is because there are some truly amazing little communities existing, in many cases, right below our noses. After five months of sleuthing around the VSB, I’m starting to realize the wide range of programs I’ve been exposed to are only the tip of the iceberg.

So without further adieu, here’s a brief round-up of some of the coolest programs I’ve discovered recently:

Scientist in Residence Program

This school year is off to a busy start with the Scientist in Residence Program. Fifteen Vancouver School District teachers began their collaborative work with seven partner scientists so they can prepare their 341 primary and intermediate students for a scientific experience that’ll give them a firsthand opportunity to see how fun and tangible science can be. Click here to read the full story!

UBC/VSB Transition Program

UBC/VSB Transition Program

Nestled off West Mall in the heart of the University of British Columbia is a small wood-paneled three story building that houses one of the Vancouver School Board’s most dynamic learning environments  – the VSB/UBC Transition Program.

It’s a place whose alumni include the head of Microsoft’s Extreme Programming division, a 20 year old entrepreneur generating millions of venture capital for innovations in electronic communications, and a young Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UBC with a doctorate in Classics from Oxford. The level of accomplishment is palpable. Click here to read the full story.

John Oliver’s Digital Immersion Program

This Revolution will not be Televised!

John Oliver School is on the cusp of a digital revolution engineered by Principal Gino Bondi and a band of tech-savvy teachers. The school’s digital immersion program is one of the first of its kind in British Columbia and administrators and teachers are hopeful it could become the cornerstone for a new innovative style of instruction and learning that will one day become the norm in all Vancouver’s schools. Click here to read more.

 

Matt Charleton – The Edutainer

Who are you?

I’m a 20-something internet enthusiast, former professional kickboxer (0-1) and loud sock-wearer. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure who I am as I hardly recognize myself since shaving my Movember moustache this morning.

What do you do for fun?

Funny animal videos.

What is your favourite community? Why?

The online community. It’s the world’s largest community and bigger is always better, despite what microbiologists might tell you. It’s what every community strives to be: an amalgamation of an innumerable individual perspectives; an open, free environment for self-expression and intelligent discourse; a substrate for videogames and pornography. In all seriousness, it, like any community, but to a much greater extent, is a resource with which very great things can be accomplished.

What is your superpower?

Multitasking (a.k.a. A.D.D.): As I write this I have 20 tabs open in Firefox, have 10+ ongoing conversations in BBM/MSN/GChat and all while chewing bubble gum. My power makes it agonizingly difficult to focus on one thing at a time, but enables me to juggle several tasks at once. Some might blame technology for giving me and many of my generation this super power, but I call it destiny. I truly believe it’s something that should be embraced; linear thinking is overrated!

How do you use it to build community?

Ideas and information form the basis of any community. Today’s culture is a sea of information and those who are able to digest this content to provide cogent and productive contributions are key to the development of a diverse and vibrant community.

My Three Favourite Things About Matt Charleton Are…

1. Entrepreneurial Spirit. The guy’s got it in spades, and the realization of his innovative, self-styled entrepreneurism will soon be known to the world once his supertopsecretawesomeninjacoolmillionairemaking business is launched. Amazing.

2. Two words: “Value Added”. Whether it’s a well-timed email or some hilarious animal videos that appear in my News Feed, Matt has exceptional conversational currency and creativity that positively impacts my day. And it’s much appreciated.

3. [INSERT HILARIOUS QUESTIONS HERE]. Students like Matt (he used to be my student) make edutainment possible – he has a natural ability to infuse really sharp/clear/direct/insightful/interesting questions with humour, much to the delight of everyone in the room. It’s a special skill to wield humour as a weapon of knowledge. Well done, sir.

…as told by John Horn

Stewart Burgess – Architect-at-Large

Who are you?

Stewartworks is an architecture student, supermodernist critic and community investigator.

What do you do for fun?

Investigate architectural communities by bicycle, spend many hours designing projects that will most likely never be bulit, bake occasionally delicious treats, attempt to become increasingly climate-secure through DIY projects like jam and blackberry picking

What is your favourite community and why?

Community is the feeling of general well-being that can be achieved in many situations.  It can come from a store clerk’s smile or the collective sigh of a music festival audience as a space shuttle passes overhead, twinkling dimly.

What is your superpower?

The courage to say the wrong thing at the wrong time and own up to it.

How do you use this power to build community?

Honesty, tempered by attention to detail, must be fundamental to community development.

My Three Favourite Things about Stew Are…

1. Creativity. This word/term/idea is thrown around a lot in our hyper-innovative society, but Stewart takes the concept to amazing new levels. He builds things. Draws things. Creates exceptionally fertile grounds for discussions and thought-sharing. Hey, he even stores compost in his freezer with very, very, very creative results. I absolutely love spending hours talking with Stew, because I always learn something new about life, the universe and everything.

2. Directness. Straight. To the point. Razor sharp. Poignant. Slightly edgy. Personally, I appreciate straight-shooting and feel that all-too-often people sugar-coat and glove-wear when delivering difficult information. I like how Stew

3. Stylish, Tight Clothing. French hipster architect artist poet professional recycler revolutionary soccer player gardener jam makers wish they looked as good as Stew looks, baby. Mostly, as a creator and wearer of hilarious t-shirts, I am inspired by Stew’s collection of simply fantastic – and thoughtful – attire.

SPECIAL BONUS REASON: Nose-solidarity! Few close friends can sympathize with what it means and what it feels like to have a beak. Stew can. And, I think, we’re both better people because we have each other. And our noses.

As told by John Horn…

Communities of Practice Make Perfect

It is through open and intentioned collaboration that human beings realize the potential – the best version - of their communities. After all, we’re social creatures hardwired to work together.

I got to thinking about super-collaboration because of my pre-class reading for Sustainability Leadership: from Strategy to Transformation, starring Katie Pease and Dave Waldron. I’m learning about Open Space Technology, which “enables all kinds of people, in any kind of organization, to create inspired meetings and events.” This creating can involve anywhere from 5 to 2,000 people who work in parallel collaboration (simultaneously managing their own agenda based around a central theme of strategic importance) as part of a corporation, non-profit, school, or neighbourhood.

Now. Imagine this concept applied with Communities of Practice. Are you imagining it? Pretty cool, eh?

When it comes to Communities of Practice (COP), I like Etienne Wenger’s definition: “Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Communities of Practice with Open Space Technology (COPOST). It’s a working title. I’m trying to fit “ninja” and “superawesometastic” in there somewhere.

What is this “COPOST” thing?

Courtesy of Sonson - Flickr

Last week I wrote Kurt’s new resume for him – it was based on a model from Don Tapscott and inspired by the concept of Hacking Work. Basically, if your tools at work (outdated or restrictive technology within a stifling bureaucracy) are slowing you down, just hack through them and be more efficient. Well, perhaps Communities of Practice with Open Space Technology (COPOST) present a bit more benevolent way to more efficiently reach more people with better ideas.

Communities of Practice are good pedagogy because, says Wenger, “they develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems—in short a shared practice. This takes time and sustained interaction.” Also, these learning groups are great for transforming education into a much, much, much more learner-centred experience – especially if, you know, you involve your student/client in the conversation. COP are also good application, as working together on the same question is bound to generate great ideas faster, more organically and with better buy-in. Check out this supercool spreadsheet from Wenger and imagine it as you approach such issues in your workplace or community:

Problem solving “Can we work on this design and brainstorm some ideas; I’m stuck.”
Requests for information “Where can I find the code to connect to the server?”
Seeking experience “Has anyone dealt with a customer in this situation?”
Reusing assets “I have a proposal for a local area network I wrote for a client last year. I can send it to you and you can easily tweak it for this new client.”
Coordination and synergy “Can we combine our purchases of solvent to achieve bulk discounts?”
Discussing developments “What do you think of the new CAD system? Does it really help?”
Documentation projects “We have faced this problem five times now. Let us write it down once and for all.”
Visits “Can we come and see your after-school program? We need to establish one in our city.”
Mapping knowledge and identifying gaps “Who knows what, and what are we missing? What other groups should we connect with?”

It would probably be nice to have some collaborators to answer these questions, eh?

Who Needs COPOST the Most?

1a. Businesses who believe in the Triple Bottom Line. You have an uphill battle ahead of you and time is running out, my friends. The only way you (and we) will win is if you create open spaces and communities to share best practices (ie. how can Wal-Mart’s amazing re-design of their supply chain or this guy’s talk about carpet be applied to my business?). Bringing as many of the triple-bottom-line players up to the same level as soon as possible is as good for the Earth as it is for business. Besides, once a critical mass of triple-bottom-line collaborators is achieved the other guys are going to be left behind anyway.

1b. Non-profits. Truth is, as with many educational institutions (like UBC), you’re already doing this pretty well. Keep it up and then sell your services to corporations who have no idea to apply COP, Open Space Technology or how to properly use social media. Charge a fortune, too.

2. Medical Research. Competing for grants from pharmaceutical companies probably isn’t going to cure cancer and/or HIV any faster, folks. Imagine open source collaborative research between the world’s leading universities on all sorts of complicated diseases and ailments. Competition drives performance, I guess. But in some cases there’s more at stake than publishing a paper before your upstart colleague from another university hospital does.

3. Pirates. If the fellahs in the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Guinea, the Strait of Malacca, and my friend Leigh in Toronto got together and shared best practices, well, these already high-performing communities would reach incredible new levels of plunder, pillage or “coastal defense from invaders and polluters” – the story changes depending on who you’re talking to.

So there it is. Some cases made for Open Space Technology and Communities of Practice. And an even stronger case made for pulling them all together for superpowered productivity, learning and, most importantly, world-changing results!

K’Naan Can’t Public Speak

Editor’s Note: tomorrow at UBC there will be Terry Talks, which are kinda like TED Talks, but different because they’re organized and delivered by world-changing UBC students and faculty. The Terry Talks will be held in the Life Sciences Institute at UBC on October 2. And they will be awesome. If you haven’t signed up already, please do so and have some fun with it.

Hey, speaking of “awesome,” the TEDx Terry Talks team kicked things off last Friday, September 24, with a special guest speech talk presentation ecclectic-and-semi-ridiculous-performance by K’Naan. For information about K’Naan’s awesomeness, please read this previous post from Michelle and I. Honestly, I don’t know what to say about K’Naan’s talk – obviously it was sincere, thoughtful and amazing; however, it was also a totally discombobulated, kinda-jerky, mostly-confused, very-funny celebration of “community-engagement” rather than “speaking to an audience.” As a humble hommage to K’Naan’s style, flare and off-the-cuff fearlessness when it comes to saying things, I’ve simply copied and pasted the notes I took on my B-Berry below. Enjoy yourselves.

Popular musicians become Troubadors.

“This is not the school that hates me.”

Have a conversation with you rather than talk. Need to have a dialogue.

Don’t do a lot of talks. Sometimes do it as a form of therapy. Took
experiences and – in an honest way – use them to examine myself.

Somalia gave me poetry. “I feel sorry for the people who can’t speak
Somali…there’s more to the language … A lot is lost in translation.”

K’Naan brought Starbucks: “we’re stuck between our values and
convictions and, well, shit that tastes good.”

K’Naan supports iclickers – democracy in the classroom.

Fetima got played – he wouldn’t play Wavin’ Flag. Fair enough.

University – study the things you want and meet hot girls.

Who are “they”? “White People”. They are… It’s hard to explain
songs. The power and the powerless. The privileged and unprivileged.

“Songs are feelings”

“Only after I’ve written something do I know how I feel about a subject.”

Dusty foot philosopher is carnivalesque. Turns the sad African concept
on its head. “I liked haveing dusty feet. It made me feel connected to where I came from.

“Best thing about being in Canda…meeting Justin Beiber. He’s professional.”

Writers must write. Like a leech on your body. Writing is exercise for
the soul.

University is communal.

Leaders must always have it forced upon them. When you “want” to be a
leader you are no longer a leader. You MUST do it. You get busy by
wanting to be a leader. “It’s because no one else will do it, so I must do it.”

Share the fascination of traveling around the world with people you struggled with ten years ago – it keeps you grounded.

Takes a toll on your inner most core.

Country music is making the best music right now, so I’m going to go
to Nashville and get inspired.

If I don’t stop the shenanigans of this success then I will never make
a good album again.

For me, the soul is the left corner room in my mom’s house … Small light
appears in a blue room dusty with sun catching particles.

He was so, so, so shy – would just not come to school to miss talking in front of people. Irony of the world that he talks to people now.

Got called “Keenan” by ESL teachers – hilarious.

HUGE ego. So sincere, honest and good that it will bring hope instead of alienating resentment…as long as he puts down the friggin’ Starbucks next time!

So there it is. Thanks for being you, K’Naan. And, hey, you. Enjoy the TEDx Terry Talks this weekend!


Paul Cubbon – Marathon Marketer

Who are you?

Paul Cubbon: http://blogs.ubc.ca/paulcubbon/
Marketing Instructor at the Sauder School of Business is my job title – but is it “who I am?”
I am fun-loving, creative, problem solving, easily bored, often distracted, happy multi-tasking – I am an over-load junkie who runs hard at things allowing them to be all-consuming, and then I turn off and detox with something totally different. I need to sleep but wish that I could get by on less as there is so much to do. I’m hard-working and good at prioritizing – but I am also a lazy procrastinator. I like the simple things best of all: family, friends, good conversation, food, travel, books, movies, exercise. I like change, so long as there is a safety net! I’m gregarious and social – but love my own company and privacy.

What do you do for fun?

I run up mountains, I ski down them – picnic on the beach, eat and drink well with family and close friends – and have 10 books on the go at the same time.

What is your favourite community and why?

I think of communities in 2 ways….traditional ones built around schools, sport leagues and their virtual equivalents –online communities. Passion around shared interest is at the heart of what makes these tick – people giving without thought of getting anything in return because they believe in the cause and are happy to help. Social, sporting and volunteer communities have lots to teach business attempts at “community management” about values and authenticity.

I really like www.clubfatass.com – an irreverent community of off-road, long distance trail runners. Even though I am not a cyclist, I admire http://testofmetal.com/ for how volunteers created a large, world class economic driver for tourism based on a passion for mountain biking. In business I like the work of http://thinkengagement.com/ a social media consulting company that is building its business around identifying and nurturing passionate communities – this is why I am doing some work with them – to try and bridge personal and professional beliefs.

What is your superpower?

Ha! With 3 teenagers and teaching many hundreds of young adults each year, one is often reminded of one’s fallibility! Superpowers that I would like to have: slowing down time, or being able to live for longer at this level of energy; cancelling the need to sleep or adding more hours to the day. It would also be pretty cool to fly – superman style!

How do you use it to build community?

I guess this is a bit about dreaming or imagining – desire and drive…..these come back to mining passions….identifying what people care about – this is central to community.

My Three Favourite Things About Paul Cubbon are…

1. Funny T-Shirts. Paul is known and loved around the UBC campus for his creative, thoughtful, and downright ridiculous shirts. As a fan of ridiculous tshirts – those who know me know I have a few – I am also slightly jealous of Paul because he gets to wear them to work and is celebrated by his students and colleagues.

2. He ‘gets’ Social Media. So much so that he knows it’s not going to be called “social media” in five or ten years from now. By taking an active role in helping young people create positive digital footprints – which ideally will overwhelm all the bad ones – Paul is demonstrating his foresight when it comes to equipping our leaders of tomorrow with the proper connective tools. Ones that will help them socially as well as professionally.

3. Student Engagement. Whether it’s a teaching-focused course about general business for first year students or the simple gesture of making himself available in a common, high-student-traffic area, Paul is a master when it comes to connecting with students on their terms and through the mediums that they use. He also teaches them about a couple of other cool ones, too!

- as told by John Horn…

Kevin Greer – The Editorial Associate (not Intern)

Who are you?

I am a six foot three, competitive yet an easy going student currently attending the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. I love to express my opinion about many different topics, whether it be over the internet or a coffee. Appointed as  editorial assistant for the Daily Gumboot, my goal is to get all of the voices within this blog extended to a greater audience.

What do you do for fun?

I play extreme upside down turbo Ultimate Frisbee (what I like to call it), study, eat way too much Asian food, hang out with my awesome girlfriend Rosa and argue for hours about how we can change the world. I also spend an insane amount of time tinkering with my computers.

What is your favorite community and why?

I enjoy any group of entities that merge to share their stories. It can be as small as a woman and her dog to the massive scale interactions that occur within a city such as Vancouver. Everyone has a story to tell and I guarantee that others will want to hear it. I also find global communities arising through the help of the internet groundbreaking and controversial.

What is your super power?

Having mad hops to jump over anything including the literal, factual, metaphorical and figurative obstacles of the world while simultaneously aiding others to do the same.

How does your power help you to build community?

I have one simple motto which builds community personally, locally and globally: help others.  I may procrastinate, J-walk and sleep in (I am not perfect, just close) but I always do things with the needs of other people as the number one priority. I thoughtfully use these so called ‘hops’ to inspire, lead and present ideas to others unselfishly. My goal is not to be the richest man in the world, simply someone who has the skills and attitude to construct, as well as develop, community and relationships.

My Three Favourite things about Kevin Greer are…

1. The cut of his jib. Kevin the Intern lived on a boat for a year or so and this experience certainly refined his sense of self – he might be 18, but he carries himself in a way that suggests he’s 18 going on 30. Also, his nautical sense and boat-savvy makes him the most pirate-like member of the Daily Gumboot team.

2. The Toolkit. Business + Computer Science + Innovation + Entrepreneurial Spirit + Sex Appeal = Kevin Greer. Kevin came to our first meeting with a lot of ideas that he is carrying out as we speak, and it’s pretty darn inspiring.

3. Lifelong Learning. Kevin the Intern Editorial Associate is the kind of guy who will just keep getting better with age – knowing what I know about the career potential about mid-to-late-twentysomethings here in the Lower Mainland, I can safely say that the young and talented Mr. Greer is well on his way to being a thought/business leader in Vancouver and beyond well before his time. No pressure though, pal.

On behalf of the Daily Gumboot team, thanks for all your hard work, Kevin!

…As told by John Horn…

Kelly Anne White

Who are you?

I am Kelly Anne Elizabeth White and I’m full of surprises. Allow me to explain. One could assume, given my exceptionally British name, that I am in fact English. Although I love tea, Coronation Street and custard I am in fact a proper Canadian mosaic of ancestries. Indeed my grandparents immigrated to Canada from none other than Holland, and the Caribbean and decided to settle in the beautiful city of Montreal where I was born thirty years ago. Surprise number two, I’m actually almost 30! I know, I know…my youthful features are deceiving.

As for my career, I’m a health educator who promotes student wellness at a university. I did my M.Ed. in health education because I believe good education leads to good health, and both lead to a happier life. I’m one of a handful of people with a Canadian degree in this area and my specialty is health literacy which I tweet about here: http://twitter.com/healthliterate

2. What do you do for fun?

I enjoy trying out new recreational activities. Recently I’ve discovered a hidden talent for sailing. Yes, these scrawny limbs can tack like you wouldn’t believe. You may have seen me last summer, cruising Jericho while singing “Ais the boys that builds the boat, Ais the boys that sails er!”. If it weren’t for my crippling sea sickness I’d probably be racing yachts in the Mediterranean full time. I also enjoy commenting on CBC news stories and then counting how many readers give me a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. I won’t tell you my on-screen alias though, it’ll mess with my stats. I also enjoy cooking meals, listening to music and keepin it real.

3. What is your favourite community and why?

If you’ve seen my first Gumboot video about the North Shore, you’ll understand why North Vancouver is my favorite community. Walking by the ocean, or hiking in the mountains or doing both on the same day is pretty remarkable. So is the annual Caribbean Days festival that I attend every summer at Waterfront park. I get to connect with my Caribbean roots while indulging in the food, music, bevvies and people that are at the festival each year. It may not be the classiest event on the North Shore (bring your camera for the after 6 pm crowd in the beer garden…) but everyone is welcome and good times are guaranteed.

4. What is your superpower?

My superpower is name-that-tune. I can identify a song within milli-seconds or a few beats on low volume. I store so much musical information in my brain that people call me k-pod.

5. How do you use it to build community?

I use this superpower to help me start conversations with people I don’t know. Like if I’m at an event or function and I hear a song come on I can say to my neighbor, “hey, i love this song, don’t you? whatever happened to Chumbawamba anyway?” and just like that, you’ve got yourself a conversation. I’m not sure if this necessarily builds community…but as one of music’s greatest living icons once said, “music…. makes the people….come together. yaaaa”. (Madonna), and I definitely agree with that!

My Three Favourite Things About Kelly Anne White are…

1. Her sparkling smile. If eyes are the window to the soul, then Kelly’s smile is the door to her enchanting personality. You can’t have a bad conversation with her because she is just so quirky, positive and delightful.

2. Hand-talking. Kelly could’ve been the best flight attendant in the history of the profession, but she embraced the world of health promotion and now uses her directive gestures to influence the health and wellness of tens of thousands of university students.

3. Storytelling. Sparkling smile + Hand-talking + Quirkiness = amazing storyteller and on-air personality; the Daily Gumboot staff can only hope to harness her style and skills again in the not too distant future.

As told by John Horn…