Steve joins us to talk about passive housing, clanship communities, co-housing, sunroof gardens, spirituality, family and so much more. This is following on from the conversation we had with his son, Shaun, earlier this month but with his own twist.  Footprint Sustainable Housing Corporation has been in development for the past 17 years. Steve, Shaun and their team have tackled many challenging and exciting projects for the last three, the latest of which is to build one of the first certified passive houses in Vancouver.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

“Steve is passionately motivated by connection and purpose.  His mind is quick and his hands are ready, but more than that – his heart is open.”

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Sean is currently developing a sustainable housing company and plans to manufacture E-HABS, the most energy-efficient, healthy, affordable, beautiful & sustainable homes to meet tomorrow’s standards. Footprint Sustainable Housing Corporation has been in development for the past 17 years. His dad and their team have tackled many challenging and exciting projects for the last three, the latest of which is to build one of the first certified passive houses in Vancouver. We welcome his entrepreneurial spirit to the show.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Shaun’s clarity of purpose and passion for his work is fantastic.  Such great energy – imagine living in a home designed and built by his team – it would be infused with such uplifting goodness!  …and boy, does this guy know his stuff.

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Shaun’s hallmark is that he’s walking his talk, trying to make his world sustainable and collaborative/co-operative while meeting people’s needs for affordable, practical housing that is designed to endure.

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Jenna Herbut is the co-founder of the Make It! Show which is a craft fair in Vancouver and Edmonton. She hosts a web series about artists and makers called MakeItTV, showcasing their dedication, talent, creativity and moxie. Jenna is passionate about helping people make a living doing what they love and has helped countless artists to bring their passion to the marketplace through her creation, Make It University, an online business program for creative entrepreneurs.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Jenna has a way of showing up to do what she wants, and making it happen.  I love the unapologetic energy she brings to her projects and how she grooves on facilitating the success of others!

Lucca’s Take-Away: 

‘Collaboration is the new competition.’ Jenna said that she practices ‘useful defiance’ and that she just had something inside her – she didn’t really pay attention to what was expected of her. It seems like it was a good thing!

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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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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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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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