Do We Need More Positive News?

AM 770In case you missed Kate’s interview with Angela Kokott host of AM 770’s “Calgary Today” have a listen below. It was such a pleasure to be able to share about our desire to be a source for positive news! If you have a positive news story you would love to share that features an innovative idea please drop us a line! We always welcome new story ideas and love featuring them on our site!  Continue reading

Refugees: Positive News

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There has been a lot of news about the refugee crisis over the last year both in Europe and  here in Canada. We have seen terrible images of babies washed up onto beaches and been impacted by the surge of terror that seems at times insurmountable. However, there are also stories of amazing generosity, innovation and inspiration amid all of chaos that need to be shared. Continue reading

Paris: Stories of Courage & Humanity

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 11.22.04 AMIn the wake of the tragedy in Paris there have been many stories that insight fear and hate.  Over the past week my goal has been to share a different perspective. I asked others to help me cast a light on people who showed courage and demonstrated the best that we as humans have to offer. The good news is that the stories have abounded. Often times people ask me if sharing positive news means ignoring the negative and I believe these stories show that it is possible to be informed yet to shift the perspective towards the hopeful.

Here are some of the stories we have uncovered this week: Continue reading

Lunch & Learn: Gain A Competitive Advantage By Increasing Positivity

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A positive mindset is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy. It is essential in rapidly changing environments and allows for greater personal and professional success. This interactive workshop lead by filmmaker, educator and positive storyteller, Kate McKenzie will provide practical tools to remain resilient, improve inter-office relationships and harness the power of positive-storytelling. Enjoy a specialty lunch prepared by Cafe Blanca Executive Chef. Registration $30 (lunch included) at Cafe Blanca or register through EventBrite 

May 13, 12:00-12:30pm at Cafe Blanca 240 Riverfront Ave SW, Calgary

Inspiring Quotes

While listening to hundreds of hours of interviews as I edit them for our upcoming episodes I was inspired today by musician Trina Nestibo and humanitarian Craig Kielberger.  Check out their quotes: Continue reading

Good News From Saskatchewan!

After many hours of editing we are so pleased to share with you the first episode in our 13 part series on Canada.  We have been travelling across Canada over the last five months with the dream of combatting negative news by sharing more positive news.  Completing this first episode feels amazing! We can’t wait to share it with you and would love it if you shared it with everyone you know.  Continue reading

Good News You May Have Missed in 2014

Good NewsAs we reflect back on 2014, it’s important to realize that amidst many of the sad and negative news stories we were bombarded with there are also many hopeful and inspiring stories. These stories often do not get their share of the spotlight since we are all too eager to turn to more sensational tales.  As we return to work and school after the holidays, we have the opportunity in conversations with our colleagues, friends and family to shed a light on the good that happened in the past year.  I like to think of it as a challenge when people bring up the negative stories to try and counter with an amazing positive story.  In the spirit of that challenge here are five of the most talked about news stories of 2014 and an inspiring positive news alternative. Continue reading

New Book Arrives!

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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!

All too often we think that we can only have an adventure if we go away to an exotic location.  It is easy to feel depressed or bored when we aren’t learning or growing or meeting new people.  This book was created so you could explore right in your own city and have amazing adventures and experiences that would remind you that life is awesome!  There are so many exciting and inspiring people and places to see and meet.  By expanding our worldviews we can break down barriers, misunderstandings and stereotypes and build bridges towards peace. I hope that by completing these challenges you will be inspired to share your positive stories. By sharing our positive stories we can combat mental health issues and become inspired to make positive change in our communities.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book it is available for purchase at Shelf Life Books in Calgary.  We will have a limited number of books available for purchase as we travel across Canada as well.  If you would like to make a bulk order of the books please send us an email and we will arrange to have copies shipped to you.  For educators and youth leaders please enquire by email about our classroom and school license to receive special discounts on large orders.