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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Anahita is the founder of GoGo Bags in North Vancouver.  She says, “Green living goes beyond green in our house; it’s how we care about each other, our neighbourhood, our city and our planet.”  She is getting disposable plastic out of our kitchens and homes with her ingenious cotton bags.  Join us to find out about her passion for the planet and all of us on it.

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Anahita is raising/inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs by teaching them that: they are good enough to do anything they choose there is no one to whom they should compare themselves they just have to believe in what they want to do it should be fun.

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Obediya Jones-Darrell is a fellow producer at CJSF in Burnaby, and has caused quite a stir with his throwback radio drama series’.  What started as a curiosity and desire to try something old and make it new has turned into something far bigger than Obediya anticipated, and is spreading its influence across Canada!  He founded Sound Body Culture, a creative arts movement. Through SBC Obediya has produced a portfolio of Dance Films, Graphic Novels, Books, Plays, & Live performance production. This organization is a creative force that changes lives through art!

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Obediya’s love of art and depth and sincere openness to connection have opened doors, revived a genre, and garnered attention!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Obediya is a true creative synergizer of the modern era with a penchant for local and global community.

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Ericka is an aspiring comedienne and has a background working with women and families in transition at Ann Davis Transition Society in Chilliwack.  She joins us in the studio as we explore our belief that EVERYONE is much cooler than they tend to think they are!

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Ericka’s willingness to face her fears and create strengths where she perceives weaknesses is absolutely inspiring!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Ericka pulls humour out of the crappiness by focusing on something else to get out of the mindset. a woman with a well-exercised courage muscle.

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Allison Braun has turned her own search for meaningful and fulfilling work into a business providing leadership and support to women everywhere who are searching for the same thing.  Her offerings / work have evolved as she herself has evolved, deepening into a holistic approach designed to assist women in finding where they will be most at home with themselves, with work, with their spirit.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:  

What a eureka I had while listening to Allison describe all the different facets of her work and what motivates them – discovering the thread that runs through it all, home – home – HOME!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Allison loves the unexpected – the tingly, alive, surprised, expectant feeling of curiosity and miracles!

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With a background in astro-physics and a keen desire to shift the way we “do” education, David was brought on board to help craft Quest University into being nine years ago.  He has been instrumental in developing and leading the expression of the original vision of Quest, as they seek to explore learning from the roots of knowledge and provide an alternate for students who truly seek to invest in an education rather than purchase a diploma.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Exploring the very nature of exploration leads us to the most fascinating of questions – which opens the door to possibility!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

David is searching for a new answer to the question: What is knowledge? As a scientist and a humanist, he desires to rekindle the 5-yr-old’s curiosity to create a living/learning environment that respects how finite and precious the planet is.

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