Graduation Address to the Class of 2018 at Queen Elizabeth High

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To the class of Queen Elizabeth High, the teachers and parents assembled here, congratulations! I very much appreciate you having me, a humble filmmaker, share some of my observations of life. I, too, am in the midst of a transition both exciting and terrifying. Three months ago my son was born five weeks premature but luckily with a strong set … Read More

Alumni Profile: Hadeel Qazzaz

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1. What are the most significant engagements in your life, and why are they meaningful? As a woman who was born and raised in a war-torn country with strong patriarchal structure, heavy political engagement, and controlled by strong traditions and cultural affiliation, my strongest affiliation is my motherhood and commitment to my children’s well-being, followed almost immediately by a strong … Read More

Alumni Profile: Eleanor Finger

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1. What are the most significant engagements in your life, and why are they meaningful? Right now, I feel like most of my time is taken up with engagements that are of very little significance to my own and humanity’s development.  But even being able to realize that is an indicator of the impact Human Venture Learning has had on … Read More

Alumni Profile: Buffy St. Amand

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1. What are the most significant engagements in your life, and why are they meaningful? The most significant engagement for me right now is raising our twins to be caring, resilient and curious about life and the world we live in.  Parenting is the hardest job in the world…nothing prepares you for the joy and the challenges it brings.  It … Read More

Alumni Profile: Chris Hsiung

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1. What are the most significant engagements in your life, and why are they meaningful? Currently, my most significant engagement is producing documentary film. Hidden Story Productions has grown from a little side project to something that has become central to my learning journey. I find the entire process of making a film tremendously rewarding. From exploring stories, researching topics, … Read More

Alumni Profile: Scott MacDougall

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Involved with Human Venture Leadership since 2011, Scott MacDougall has been a participant, a guide, and a program team member. He shares his learning adventures with us this month. 1.  What are the most significant engagements in your life, and why are they meaningful?   Parenting is probably number 1 right now, for a bunch of reasons. Having kids who … Read More

Alumni Profile: Laura Kennett

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Laura is an Energy Futures Lab Fellow, and a Human Venture Leadership Board Member. We asked her about her learning process over the last few years, and her hopes for the future. “Human Venture has had a profound influence on me.  This is a community that knocked me off the treadmill of life that I was previously on.  I thought … Read More

Why I Donated to the Human Venture: Lindsay’s Story

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by Lindsay Mitchell When I look around our society today, particularly our global community, I can’t help but feel discouraged and slightly hopeless. With bombings in large cities in Europe, wars in the Middle East and Africa, extreme weather events leading to civilization threats, and political and economic uncertainty all around the world my limited ability to make sense of … Read More

Alumni Profile: Danny Cox

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Danny stayed indoors long enough to talk to us about directing his own life learning, filming nature, and understanding the ecology we are part of. 1. Why do you do the work that you do? Well, right now I’m trying to learn to film wildlife and tell compelling stories about the natural world. I’m doing that as a way of … Read More

Alumni Profile: Mark Hopkins

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Photo of Mark Hopkins by Neil Zeller Photography 1. Tell us who you are, what class you were in, and what else you do in the world. I’m Mark Hopkins! I was in the Leadership Calgary class of 2014, stayed with the program for a couple more years as a Guide and Program Team member… and now I’m on the … Read More