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Extraordinary, positive changes are happening all around the world and are often overlooked. Come in and get inspired as we showcase the uplifting news stories you might have otherwise missed.


What Fear Can Teach Us

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

We all have fears, some of which can be quite vivid for those with active imaginations. As children, weâre encouraged to think of fear as a weakness, something we must conquer, fight, or overcome. In this TED Talk, Karen Thompson Walker invites listeners to conceptualize their fears in a different way: as stories. Fear is an unintentional form of storytelling, she argues, with characters, plots, imagery, and elements of suspense. Drawing on the story of the men from the whaleship Essex, Walker challenges us to view ourselves as the authors and readers of our fears, and shares how this perspective can have a profound impact on our lives.

Skateboarding Like a Girl

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Behind the sweet, innocent eyes of a young girl is a strength of resolve, waiting to show the world what she's made of. Sisu - the Finnish word for 'determination, courage and resilience' - is this spark of strength that Chloe Chick - mother, and founder of the organization 'SisuGirls' - aims to inspire in young girls all over the world. Believing that the experience of stumbling and failing when faced with challenge brings out the capacity to grow, Chick's mission is to empower young women to find their inner strength. Creating the confidence to inspire these girls to chase their passions with courage, the online and in person programs of SisuGirls centre around sport and adventure activities which nurture their own Sisu nature. More in this short video.

The Remarkable Story of An Artist Who Never Spoke a Word

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Judith Scott was born deaf and with Down Syndrome. She never spoke a word. Beginning at 7 years old, she spent much of her life in state institutions, up until 1986 when her sister Joyce was awarded legal guardianship. While living with Joyce, Judith discovered Creative Growth, and her love of creating art. She spent the rest of her life, up until her death in 2005, creating remarkable art that offered a window into her soul. Here, Joyce opens up about her sister's life and journey.

Tending to Your Inner Weeds

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Tending to your garden is said to be good for your soul, but what if you tended to your life as you do your garden? In this piece, writer Alanda Greene discusses the lessons her garden weeds have taught her about paying attention to her inner weeds; those habits, behaviors, and tendencies we all have, and often ignore until they are out of hand. Much like weeds obstruct the fullest potential of a garden, these behaviors can block us from reaching our own potential. However, instead of placing the blame on ourselves for these habits and tendencies, we can use non-loaded terms such as, 'obstacles, hindrances, transformation, and choice,' says Greene, to release the emotional ties to these habits, and instead transform them into positive goals.

This Incredible Fact of Being Alive:

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

"I remember writing somewhere that art took me over before life did. I think of myself, and other artists, as the growing edge of a 30,000-year old body of people who made the drawings in the caves, the Pompeii murals, Sumi-e paintings, Rembrandt, Picasso, Grandma Moses. The artists before us were helping to keep the world alive, as working artists are today. We just happen to be occupying the universe at this moment. It's humbling. It gives me courage and pleasure, and some perspective"

Yoav Peck: Encountering Others in Their Full Humanity

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Two countries in an endless war with each other. Generations of enemies born into hating the opposition. And with no end in sight, Yoav Peck has found a way to harness peace and cultivate unity between two groups of unlikely allies. Co-Executive-Director of the Sulha Peace Project, Yoav says the key is in listening and in working from the heart and not the head. "Each of us has a story. It's important to the Israelis to establish a situation in which not only are they listening to the Palestinians but that the Palestinians are listening to us. And it means listening to the history of our families. Any political future must address the human needs of both sides, We at Sulha stand on the front lines of the struggle to return decency and compassion to our shared land." The following is an edited version of an interview with Yoav.

Kristin Pedemonti: Blower of Bubbles, Teller of Stories

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Kristin Pedemonti's simplicity of spirit and open heart illuminates all whom she meets. In talking about her "leap of faith" decision to pursue storytelling full-time, she says: "When you are on a path that is the right one for you whatever that path is this clarity will appear." Kristin speaks from experience. Whether she's blowing bubbles on a subway of tired souls, giving free hugs at a busy intersection, or speaking in schools, libraries, conferences and Awakin Calls, her spirit is a flame that ignites the storyteller in each of us, and builds bridges of kinship.