Christabel Shaler

 

Christabel began writing for the Vancouver Observer after she took a writing workshop with Linda Solomon in February 2009. The @EthicalHustle is a series of stories about creative solutions to personal, social and economic struggle. For more information, please visit: www.christabelshaler.com

Technology vs. a woman in a book store

In March, Fleabark launched a "little" project called  Share the Power.  In addition to many innovative projects, this Communication Arts Collective is sharing the voices of...

Are algorithms blocking social change?

In 2003, PBS created a documentary called 'The Persuaders'. One chapter discusses "narrow-casting" (above). Politicians and advertisers were purchasing personal data via Acxiom Worldwide and...

How to make a big splash online

When we are online, we can manufacture identities and realities exactly how we want them to be: A company can take on a noble cause to distract you from their latest oil spill, while individuals...

Social media conversations 101

Fleabark Creative reveals what really matters in social media.

Reel Youth helps incarcerated kids create life-changing music videos

“I knew we were doing something right when one of the girls who was being released before the program finished, requested to stay an extra day,” explained Mark Vonesch of Vancouver's Reel Youth...

A tribute to Lee Matasi

Five years ago, Vancouver lost a young man who encompassed creativity, non-violence, comedy and community. He was an artist. He built a skate park and increased community cohesion. Lee was welcoming...

Fresh media insights from Fleabark Creative

We live in a world where media saturates our lives. An average city dweller consumes roughly 5,000 ads per day. Within this white noise, big brands are often the loudest. How can we hear the...

Despite rain and cuts to the arts, East Van keeps Lost Souls Parade alive

The Lost Souls is a vital component of East Vancouver's cultural vitality. After the  BC arts funding massacre, there was uncertainty as to whether this event could survive. Despite the...

Is "Us and Them" the theatrical equivalent of new media?

"Us and Them: The Inquiry" was cultivated through the influences of Paulo Freire and The Theatre of the Oppressed. This inquiry evolved into it's own entity when First Nations communities challenged...

Reel Youth Films at VIFF: protest, poetry and sneakers

The diverse voices of young people require as many mediums as possible. On October 13th and 14th, you have the opportunity to have a glimpse into the lives of today's young citizens. These films...