Katarina is passionate about youth, creativity of all sorts, healing, and community. She is a life-long learner and invites collaboration at every turn, inspiring creative thought and experience that enriches the lives of all who meet her. A perfect example is one of her latest projects, and she has many, creating a replicable model that allows youth groups, schools, community organizations and Operation Sock Monkey to use sock monkey therapy to create healing opportunities and to teach business skills, business planning and mind-mapping, essential life skills and the power of entrepreneurship through a project-based learning model. Whew! Listen in to hear more.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Kat’s such a dynamo!  The movement is constant and constantly developing.  She just oozes energy and creativity!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

The way in which Kat combines creative being and community into LIFE. The way she lives is her therapy and her life and creative contribution is therapy for the people with whom she creates community. This is living evidence of the value of artists in our midst and the artist in each of us.

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Tomas Halberstad is head of Communications for Phonebloks, an innovative group that is striving to radically alter the way the world produces and consumes electronics. Tomas describes himself as a musician, Arsenal-fan, philosophy-student, sneaker-freak, (injured) runner, in-breaker of raw denim, insurance claims agent and beer connoisseur… perhaps we should also add “world changer” to that list!

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Being willing to align oneself with the causes that make our heart beat faster can open the doors to incredible movement in both personal and community life!  Tomas’ essence shows through in all he does, and this project is simply fascinating!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Collecting ‘one big community’ of more than 42,000 people is just a by-product of their collaboration efforts. Tomas’s philosophy is about the ‘questioning of everything’ and the distillation of knowledge from data.

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Jeassea Thyidor spent her early years in Richmond, British Columbia. She was the vocalist with several Canadian bands before moving to Asia and becoming a top ten finalist in the first Singapore Idol. She went on to sing, host T.V. and live shows, act, model and judge singing competitions. Her return to Canada prompted an internal shift resulting in a move into fashion as a means of expressing her spiritual evolution. Currently, she has a number of irons in the fire and shares with us her journey and her passion.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Pain and growth have the power to make our gifts more accessible… and how Music has been Jeassea’s Muse in leading her into ever-deeper self-knowledge.

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Music and creativity leads Jeassea to the spiritual happiness within.

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Madeleine always knew she would run a business, and it was only a matter of time before she aligned her entrepreneurial bent with a mission that made her come alive!  Her goal is to help individuals have healthier and more positive experiences of their menstrual cycles, and by extension, their bodies overall. Lunapads’ mission is to create more positive and informed relationships between menstruators, their bodies and the Earth. They embrace a global perspective, in terms of wellbeing and empowerment for women and girls, as well as toward our responsibility with respect to sustainability.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Madeleine knows herself so well, and took the time to create the structure that would support her as she went about bringing her vision through to reality.  Fascinating!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Madeleine has a grand sense of community.  She cultivates body positivity and self-acceptance.

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Trisha Baptie is an advocate for the abolition of prostitution. Her unique experience is often sought out to inform and educate groups from teenagers through to Parliamentarians on the topic. We speak with Trisha about what it is like to be her: to have one’s life so wholly given over to one’s cause.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Learning how Trisha finds and defines the line she draws for being open with her story and what needs to remain private; her “extravagant hope”

Lucca’s Take-Away:

When she was a sextrade worker, everyone knew that when she was in the bar at news time, the tv would be on and she would be watching for 20 mins before she returned to work – she’s always learning and aware.

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