Button Quandaries & Peace Symbols

Button Quandaries & Peace Symbols

I recently acquired a button maker. You know, to make those pin buttons you put on your backpack or jacket to rep your favorite band, the cool startup you work for or to give the world that personal snapshot, large or small, about what’s going on in your mind. I am...
Syrian Ice Cream and Infinite Love

Syrian Ice Cream and Infinite Love

As soon as I walked in, it felt like home. From the sweet, fresh baked smell to the seemingly uncountable “helawiat” (sweets) displayed and glistening under glass like jewels. A kind faced man emerged from the kitchen greeting us with “as-salamu alaikum” (peace be...
Leading with Empathy

Leading with Empathy

On September 13th we hosted this lunch and learn event at our office: Leading with Empathy: The Way Forward for Modern Changemakers Leading from the heart is the true path forward for creating change. Sustaining empathy as we lead requires attention. Awareness of how...
How Going to Prison Helped us Find Purpose

How Going to Prison Helped us Find Purpose

“Hostages will not be recognized for bargaining purposes.”Wait, what?! I was sitting there reading the release forms and guidelines that I was asked to sign, and came across this line and at that moment, I wondered just what I had gotten myself into. You...
The Elements Meetup #3: Branding Building w/E5

The Elements Meetup #3: Branding Building w/E5

A Self Guided Workshop for Startups and Small Businesses Element Five presented their new Branding Basics Workshop. This workshop was designed to help early-stage startups and small businesses think about and establish their brand’s foundation even (and...
The Winter Solstice, Light and Hope

The Winter Solstice, Light and Hope

The day after the winter solstice – I love this day! The idea that we have experienced our darkest days and that from here on out things will get brighter always fills me with such hope and joy. And, I need that hope – this year more than any other year of my life. I...
The Elements Meetup #2: w/The Last Mile

The Elements Meetup #2: w/The Last Mile

This is one we were super proud to bring to you all. This is an amazing organization that is making a difference and personally has changed my life and perspective profoundly. Thanks to Natrina, well…for being Natrina and to Aly for sharing so openly with us –...
The Elements Meetup #1: w/The Bend Law Group

The Elements Meetup #1: w/The Bend Law Group

It took us awhile to get these up, so #1 and #2 are coming back to back (sorry, we are still working out this A/V stuff!). On that note, the audio and video are not perfect, but since the content is extremely generous and very useful, we are sharing it anyway. Oh, and...
Walking on the Knife’s Edge

Walking on the Knife’s Edge

I had a friend, teacher and mentor once; let’s call him “Ray”. I met Ray when I was about 24, he was a First Nation artist that taught me silver and gold smithing, wood and stone carving, some bead and leatherwork, how to make ceremonial pipes and a...
Stop Working at that Job You Hate!

Stop Working at that Job You Hate!

You hear it all the time. You see the inspirational memes in your timeline and feeds. “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” or “Follow your PASSION” with some icon of a heart or freaking smiley face – but all they...

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