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!
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 →
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.
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 short documentaries of people from nine countries over seven months. Continue reading →
After visiting Pakistan last year I will always have a spot in my heart for the country. One of the most inspiring people I have heard speak about education is Malala Yousafzai the young woman who was shot by the Taliban due to speaking out about the need for all people, girls included, to have access to education. Her message is one of hope as she does not ask for revenge on the Taliban but rather states that she hopes that the children of the Taliban will also have access to education. Her message is inspiring and reminds us that we each have a role to play in helping to provide education to all so that we can build a more peaceful world. To hear her whole speech please click here. I have also included some highlights below.
Spending time with Sam Effah and Amonn Nelson reminded me of a couple of things, first of all that reaching goals takes a lot of hard work and secondly it inspired me to go for a really hard run in my workout that day!
They shared with me that taking the first steps towards their goals whether it was trying Track & Field for the first time or pushing towards the Olympics was one of the hardest parts. Both of them needed others around them to inspire them. For Amonn it was her Mom and her coach. For Sam his parents and his coaches also made a huge impact. These were the people who knew them and told them they believed in them. It reminded me that often we forget to tell others what we see that is good in them. Wouldn’t it be awesome if everyday someone told you what they thought you rocked at?
By having the support of people that knew them and believed in them from the start both Sam and Amonn have been able to pursue a very difficult dream. But, they’ve also achieved something greater. They have been involved in their community and shown great leadership. Sam is now a Right to Play Athlete Amassador which has allowed him to use sport as a way to help teach things like sanitation, HIV prevention and leadership through games in developing countries. Both of them have volunteered in local schools as well helping to inspire a future generation to take a chance and pursue their dreams. When Sam visited Alice Jamieson Girls’ Academy, where I teach, my track team was impacted greatly. One athlete even said that seeing him work towards his goals and hearing his story had inspired her to pursue athletics as a career!
Sam had an unfortunate injury leading up to 2013 but is now aiming for 2016 Olympics. Most recently at the Edmonton International Track Classic he won with a time of 10.09 seconds for the 100 m. This will qualify him for the World Championships in Moscow Russia in August. Both him and Amonn will be attending the World Championships. We can make a difference by cheering them on at local events, posting comments of encouragement here for them to read or by supporting them financially. To cheer them on across the ocean you can find the results at the following two sites: Athletics Canada or World Championship Results. Best of luck Sam and Amonn we will be cheering for you!
I have collected these images throughout the last two weeks to show the amazing things that can happen in the midst of very difficult situations. Throughout my time volunteering in Calgary and on the Siksika Nation I have been amazed at the resiliency of people and the way that communities have come together. Below are some of my favorite moments!
On our last day of school some of my students were able to share with me their positive stories from the Calgary Flood. Most places in Calgary did not allow volunteers that were under 18 and yet these 13-14 year olds still had stories of how they had made a difference. They shared with me what they and their families had experienced that gave them hope. There were many stories so I chose to highlight four of them here.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember what’s going on in the world that is amazing. These stories were featured in a recent article by Buzz Feed to help remind us all that the world is still a beautiful place. I have included some of my favorites here for you.