Poetry from Another Part of the Capitalist Machine

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, Updates

by Anonymous This is a collection of poems from someone named Xu Lizhi. He was a Chinese migrant worker who worked at Foxconn corporation.  Foxconn is one of the pillars of our western society. It manufactures many of our smart phones, computers, monitors, televisions, videogame systems, and other electronics. A lot of the high tech stuff that we personally value, and that … Read More

2018 Report to the Community

Dana PenriceUpdates

The past year has been an exciting period of development for the Human Venture community. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our collective effort to support adaptive learning and wise action to meet the challenges of this period of history we find ourselves in and for future generations.  Read the Report

Solstice Celebration

Anna-Marie AshtonEvent, Updates

The winter solstice season is a time to break from routine and reconnect with family, friends, nature and self.  It is also a time to reflect on the gift of being alive and human, and the responsibilities that come with that gift. Celebrate this special time with the Human Venture community. Your $40 ticket includes drinks, charcuterie, and a $25 … Read More

Holiday Shopping Night on Nov 28

Anna-Marie AshtonEvent, Updates

Attention holiday shoppers! If you’d like to give meaningful experiences to the explorers on your shopping list, consider giving books. At all ages, books stir our imaginations and consciences, helping us learn more about being alive and human. The holidays can be a perfect time to catch up on reading. To receive the gift of a book – and to have the … Read More

On Either Side of Memory

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, Updates

by Ken Low Memory is a critically important part of adaptive intelligence. The function of memory is to record and store relevant aspects of experience and observation, providing the material out of which we construct the lessons that guide our actions and further learning. Some lessons come almost automatically, like not touching a hot stove, some require a mentor or … Read More

Inoculating Ourselves Against Ignorance

Anna-Marie AshtonArticles, Updates

Inoculating Ourselves Against Ignorance by Natalie Muyres We recently kicked off our ninth Human Venture Leadership Alumni Program. The Alumni Program provides us an opportunity to support each other’s learning, and work harder toinoculate ourselves against ignorance. Like our immune systems need exposure to viruses to create antibodies, our community requires ongoing exposure to a steady diet of significant life … Read More

The Mystery and Mastery of Strategic Thinking

Dana PenriceArticles, Updates

There is a show on Netflix called Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits. The reality show takes people from today and puts them through the Special Operatives Executive (SOE) training implemented by the British during WWII. Imagine pulling on your itchy wool socks and heavy felted uniform to master the art of using a hair pin to pick a lock, … Read More

Community Profile: Amanda Hall

Anna-Marie AshtonAlumni Profile, Updates

Amanda Hall is an alumna of the Leadership Calgary program. She is one of six finalists competing for a million-dollar Women in Cleantech prize. 1. What are the most significant engagements in your life, and why are they meaningful? Balance is important, and so the most significant engagements in my life are spread out between my family/friends, my company, my health and … Read More

Graduation Address to the Class of 2018 at Queen Elizabeth High

Anna-Marie AshtonAlumni Profile, Updates

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

Anna-Marie AshtonAlumni Profile, Updates

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