I am so excited to announce the arrival of my new book: Passport Project! The premiere edition was launched at TEDxYYC and on the CBC Eye-Opener. It has been exciting to hear about people using the book with their families, as team-building with their co-workers and on their own to explore their city!
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In an age of negative news and increasing mental illness is it possible to pursue a positive alternative? Kate McKenzie believes that peace both individually and internationally can only be brought about through sharing positive stories. So she founded Worldviews Project to inspire others to believe that positive change is possible by making shor ...
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I’ve been in places before where attacks have happened. I know the drill, stay away from crowded or highly political spaces. But when the attack happened in Toronto I had a dilemma, I work in the heart of downtown at the busiest intersection in Canada.
As I walked to work, I thought about all those who had been walking to work yesterday, also on Yonge street, just further north of me. They had no idea the tragedy that would hit them. I thought about all those who have come to our country fleeing violence who witnessed the attack yesterday. It must be aweful to wonder if this new country you have arrived in is any safer than the one you left. To feel unsafe in your home is overwhelming.
I don’t want to live in fear.
When I approached the busy intersection I couldn’t help but look around for vehicles speeding, for unusual activity, for any indication that the violence our city witnessed yesterday might happen again.
That’s when I noticed a sign. It was handmade with hearts, smiley faces and peace symbols illustrated on it. It stood out in the sea of people. On it was a simple message: “Free Hugs.”
Young man named Christian holding “Free Hugs” sign at Yonge & Dundas intersection in Toronto.
On a day when I felt nervous about going to work, here was someone who had the courage to stand at the intersection all day and offer free hugs. I went over and chatted with him. His name was Christian. He wanted to remind Toronto that we were not defined by one negative act, that we could find the positive. In a time of fear when many might choose to pull away, he was inviting us to come together, embrace and find strength in community.
Martin Parnell & Kate McKenzie running in Afghanistan and being filmed by Colin Scheyen as part of The Secret Marathon documentary film.
I ran my first marathon in Afghanistan but that wasn’t where I felt the most scared while running, it was in Canada. No one should have to feel scared when they run so we’re launching a race to celebrate everyone’s right to be free to run and we need your help to make it happen.
The day I felt scared running was one of those days when everything takes longer than you expect and my run got pushed back later and later in the day until I was finally lacing up my shoes long after the sun had already set. I sent a quick text letting my husband know where I was running and set off into the dark. Any time I run at night I have my senses on full alert and this was no different, searching around every corner for possible cars that might fail to see me, looking for wildlife but mostly being very much aware of what I can’t see and what might wait for me in the shadows. I rounded a corner and there was a large group of men laughing loudly, clearly drunk. One smashed a bottle on the ground, another cat called me and a third yelled out an inappropriate comment. I picked up my pace, my heart pounding. I pulled out my phone called a friend and asked her to stay on the line until I knew I was out of range of the men. I was scared. Continue reading →
I’m so excited to share the first glimpse of our film The Secret Marathon. If you believe in supporting a vision of equality and freedom for all we would love your help in making this film possible. We are currently looking for partners and donors to help us take this film across the finish line. To learn more please visit www.thesecretmarathon.com
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I can finally share a secret with you. For the last four months I have been training for a marathon, not just any marathon though – the Marathon of Afghanistan. (see article here) I couldn’t have done it without the amazing coaching of Martin Parnell.
I chose to run and to film this marathon because I wanted to support the courageous young Afghan women who are putting their lives on the line to be a voice for equality in their country. They are making history. This is one of the most important stories I have ever told and I need a community to help me get this film across the finish line. We would love to have you be part of our community. Check out this short film:
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As our Worldviews Project Ambassadors, Brian Cleland and Jacob Van Dyke prepared to head to Iceland this month (Read full story here) I asked them why they wanted to take on the added adventure of completing all 20 Passport Project challenges. I asked them if they thought that travelling with this sense of purpose could actually change their lives?
“I hope to finally broaden my horizons. My entire life has been spent very close to home, so in taking this trip and aiming to accomplish these goals I mainly just want to see how much is out there and how much I can discover about myself along the way.” Jacob Van Dyke
“The passport challenge is a great way to become more immersed in a different culture, and it gave us a lot more incentive to look for local events and meet people that we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.” Brian Cleland
Brian Cleland & Jacob Van Dyke are about to head off on an adventure of a lifetime. The two young Calgarians decided that for their first international trip they wanted to give themselves a challenge. After meeting local author, Kate McKenzie they decided to take her book, “Passport Project,” and use it to turn their trip to Iceland into an adventure.
“Passport Project is designed to help people explore their own community or another community by completing 20 challenges. Challenges include trying a different type of ethnic cuisine, visiting an art gallery and meeting someone from a different culture,” states McKenzie. The book was inspired by McKenzie’s own travels around the world and across Canada as a filmmaker documenting positive news for Worldviews Project. “By taking these challenges, people can explore and be adventurers in their own backyard.” Continue reading →
As the fires rage on in Fort McMurray, Albertans and Alberta companies are showing just their determination, resilience and compassion.
From neighbours who drove others to safety, to those who have opened their homes, the outpouring of generosity is everywhere.
We wanted to share some of the positive stories we’ve heard so far and we would love to hear more from you. If you would like to share a story please leave us a message in the comments below. Here’s a few examples. Continue reading →
We all have weeks that are more difficult than others. Do you know a leader that you want to inspire to keep doing amazing work? One of the things that has helped me to keep my week on track has been when people have shared inspiring quotes with me that remind me to be my best self. So here’s a great way to do it yourself. Download this file and print it off. Cut out each of the picture quotes, drop them in an envelope and place the instructions on the outside. There are enough quotes to have one for each day of the week. Try giving it to your whole team or to someone you want to inspire.
Let us know if you have a great way to empower leaders to create positive change in their community and we would be happy to feature it on Worldviews Project or drop us a comment and share your idea here. We want to create tools that work for you to stay resilient as you make the world better! Wishing you an awesome week!
We’ve all heard that the holiday season and winter in general can be a difficult time for many. With 1/4 Canadians dealing with mental health issues we must not wait to react but rather we need opportunities to be preventative in our approach. This season we are launching the hashtag #HolidayCheerAmbassador to help you share your stories of those who inspire you and help you to have hope during the holiday season.
Use the hashtag #HolidayCheerAmbassador and help us share stories, pictures and videos that can inspire us, demonstrate innovative solutions or simply remind us of the beauty that is all around us. We will check out all the stories you share and will feature our favourites right here on Worldviews Project! Help us combat holiday blues by sharing stories that help us all to refocus on the positive!
As a Junior High teacher, I wanted my students to be informed and engaged citizens. Listening to the news often left them feeling overwhelmed, depressed and stuck with no idea as to how they could make a difference. Determined to motivate my students to get involved in creating positive change and to show them a different perspective on the world; I packed my bags and went travelling. Continue reading →