The HiVE is a co-working environment located near downtown Vancouver, an alternative to renting office space for small businesses and startups of almost any background.  They opened in 2011 and have been evolving to suit the needs of an increasingly collaborative economy here in Vancouver, that is part of a movement that is present and growing in strength around the world.  Aaron Cruikshank has been leading operations there for two years, and although he is about to move on to new pastures in the co-working/collaborative economic scene, he took some time out to share with us the ins and out of the HiVE and his own passions in life.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Repurposing and recasting the visions of space and connection, getting down to what we are most served by as individuals and groups… Aaron weaves a team and purpose together into something beautiful!

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Aaron is a proponent of laid back work atmospheres, cross-pollination, collaborative economies as well as economies of scale. As a self-professed job-hopper, he is off to pollinate other sites, learn more and share more!

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Troy Fitzgerald was raised in a fundamentalist Christian cult as the son of a pastor, yet left the church in his late 20′s, became an agnostic atheist and secular humanist, and eventually came out as gay — after being married to a woman and having started a family. Cults and Closets is a book he wrote to share his coming out story.  Since its publication he has founded the charity Secular Safe House which aims to support people who are emerging out of cults and coming out as gay in unsupportive and perhaps dangerous environments.  He has a wide and ever-growing collection of coming-out stories recorded as podcasts.   We speak with Troy about what inspired him to do what he does, the  challenges of a startup charity, and the unique strengths and scars that those who emerge out of cults or closets have.

Rebecca’s Take-Away:

Troy’s determination to provide a lifeline to those emerging from the chaos he himself emerged out of is inspiring, encouraging, and full of poetic beauty.

Lucca’s Take-Away:

Out of the pain of Troy’s life experience, he has created a win-win philosophy that says of everyone, ‘Who you are and who you were born to be is okay.’ He has a grand vision to assemble a network of volunteers to create a safe, unbiased, non-religious, non-judgmental space for everyone to take their own path and be who they are.

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