Brian is the lead provocateur of JazzThink.  He has a rich and varied background in leadership that generates exceptional teamwork through his personal mission which is to promote SMARTer conversations that generate flourishing communities.  He does this as a speaker, facilitator, author and coach.  In all these roles, he takes the wit, workings and wisdom of jazz and applies them to inspiring leadership and productive collaboration.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Brian is a teacher through and through, and the kind of teacher that you truly enjoy learning from.  His joy is contagious, his metaphors hold the key to change, and his acronyms are to DIE for!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

As the name of his business implies, Brian delights in improvisation in groups where he creates space for others to perform, improvise, hear themselves and find the patterns of ideas.

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Rebecca has been around the world, starting a school and raising her children in a foreign country at war, and has made a business out of unabashedly being herself and bucking what “normal” looks like.  Motivated to see positive change, and inspired by eureka moments both in herself and others, Rebecca is now setting her sights on the literary world.  Instead of interviewing an outside guest, in this episode, Lucca turns her sights on Rebecca to uncover more behind one of the hosts of ESSENCEtial Conversations.

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Rebecca used a delicious metaphor about living in SriLanka – she discovered that she didn’t know how to interact with chili/fire. It was ‘painful for a while’ and then she ‘found the flavours beyond the heat’. This translates into Catching Fire Coaching where she partners with her clients in the communal process of learning, seeing them as a gift.

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Cory is committed to raising global consciousness by transforming the way entrepreneurs relate to themselves, each other and their communities. Experience has taught her that true success for any business is based on the triple gems of collaboration, connection and contribution.  This revolutionary paradigm has given her an edge in helping entrepreneurs monetize their businesses, master marketing, attract tons of clients, create inspiring brands and launch killer products, all while benefiting their communities.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Cory’s questions always seem to turn my world sideways.  She makes me crave – and access – FUN!

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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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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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