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Kathie Wallace

Kathie is a community engagement facilitator who is passionate about bringing everyone to the table as equals on a level playing field.

Social Media and “The Great Turning”: Affirmation of Full-Potential Life

Through social media, ordinary people are interconnecting and working together to support, include, collaborate, and realize everyone’s full potential as interactive “information gatherers and...

From Russia with love: raw food diet and insights on surviving revolutionary change with a garden

There are many lessons, in what happened in Russia, for us here in Canada.

Social Media and “The Great Turning” Part V: Reciprocal Information Gathering and Sharing

  Social media is about information sharing and the audience has an active role rather than the passive role they have in the old paradigm of traditional media. The extent to which the global...

Social Media and “The Great Turning” Part IV: People Interacting with People

Wikipedia talks about social media transforming the traditional media monologues, which were made up of one person or group speaking to a passive audience of many people, into a dialogue of the many...

Social Media and “The Great Turning” Part III: People Sharing Information with People

Sharing information and news is the central activity in social media. People retweet, update, comment, reshape, and copy what they value and want to share with other people.    Nielsen...

Social Media and “The Great Turning” Part II: Major Social Media Tools

The major social media tools have changed the way people consume and make the news.  These are: Individual blog sitesVideo sharing like YouTubePhoto sharing like Flickr and ...

Social Media and "The Great Turning"

Twitter processes more than one billion tweets a month. It has over 50 million tweets per day and 600 tweets a second. Twitter does not report its user numbers but Twitter has grown by 1500% in the...

Gardens, Gardens Everywhere

Olga Ruskin in the garden at Pearson Centre.

A Young Man With Many Gifts Kills Himself and a Year Later His Community Still Mourns

A remarkable human being, David Howler Fletcher chose to commit suicide last summer at the Diversity Festival on Texada Island by walking out to the depths of the ocean.   He was a person who...