Friday Finds: Communications for Change

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“Take Care of Yourself. Take Care of Others. Take Care of this Place.”
This was the code of conduct written on the walls at my kids’ elementary school. I took a walk through the kids’ former schoolyard this week and saw the words again. It was a good message for the kids; it’s a good message for everyone. I made the decision to walk through social media and be online thoughtfully and minimally over the past few days. I needed to moderate all the bad news. As life is (thankfully), there are always good things happening even in a storm. Here are a couple of Friday Finds on energizing social change. Read more

Communications Balance in Unbalanced Times

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All hail Ann Douglas’ How To Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed By Your Newsfeed, a great read to save your soul and sanity. I’m a communicator, I should be communicating, but I am burying myself in work that doesn’t require I be up and into the hyperspace speed of Twitter because I too am feeling overwhelmed with the news of the world. Douglas offers practical (stick to your usual routines) and powerful (look for opportunities to take action) ways we can all aim for balance, and I was glad to see I’m on track. There IS a heckuva lot going on. Read more

#BellLetsTalk Campaign for Mental Health

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Today is Bell Let’s Talk day, a campaign that has four initiatives, one of which is recognizing the importance of destigmatizing mental health challenges. The campaign started in 2010 and Olympian Clara Hughes has been speaking up and out throughout its years. She has been open about her life with depression. Other celebrities have added their voices to the campaign along the way, including Mary Walsh, Howie Mandel, Serena Ryder and Michel Mpambara. Read more

Designing for Delight

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My partner and I had dinner with friends last night, and their daughters lurked on the stairs nearby listening to us gab and sing as we played cards. The girls had iPads and were bouncing around from app to app, savvy users at the age of eight. I know they’re old for me to be impressed, because they’ve been  masters for years, but I loved watching them because a) they’re two really interesting spirits I’ve known since they were born, and b) it is incredibly neat that they are so comfortable with their games. Read more

Be Better Than Handcrafted

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I was standing in line with a friend at one of the huge coffee chains the other day and snorted at the sign that crooned, in a soft yet solid font, about its handcrafted beverages.

“What does that even mean?” asked my friend.

“It means this big chain is trying to make its international recipe directions to staff look like a village business,” I said. I’ll admit I was snarky. Read more

The Acronym For The Win

Last night I was talking to one of my teens and her cousin about text acronyms. “I just learned what FTW means,” I said quietly so their grandparents wouldn’t overhear us. The grandparents were talking to the grandsons about something else.

“What did you think it means?” my daughter asked. Until a couple of days ago, I understood it was the less polite of two popular options and I mouthed it carefully. They thought this was hilarious. Read more

Let Go of The Brilliant Phrase

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Ever had that experience of the perfect phrase coming to you out of the blue when you’re doing something unrelated? I’ve often had writing ideas come to me when I’m running, which research shows is not an unusual connection. Those phrases that arrive are a gift, yet I’ve also learned that sometimes they need to be left behind. Read more

Power Hashtag Feeds Fundraising Campaign  

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I’m fond of well used hashtags, so I like this one: #BeingHungrySucks.  It’s a tag, it’s a statement, and it’s a campaign driven by A Better Life Foundation, whose mission is to raise funds towards food security (a significant social determinant of health) as well as provide job training and employment opportunities. Programs serve Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a trauma ridden neighbourhood that’s also rich in community and heart. Read more

Moon Reflection: The Gift of Words

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Last night people all over the world were looking at the moon in awe. As I stood in awe myself, I thought about the fact that not everyone had the safety, time, or cloudless sky to do so. There are places where violence is the norm, homes where fear rules. There are limits and laws that hold girls from education and opportunity; limits that hold boys from veering from strict ideas of masculinity. Read more