Listening To Spaces

Ramblings of an Old Flower Child 80% of effective communication is active listening. Another way to say that is, “Seek to understand before being understood.” It’s what we taught in our Effective Communications class and is the basis of good counselling, diplomacy and just plain getting along. Essentially, active listening means being engaged, silent and […]

Iconoclast – Why We Need The Humanities

Privatize the press and education system, disenfranchise the working class, corrupt the legislative process, and debase electoral politics, and society will plunge itself into a moral void. Canada is far advanced down this path already, but it is certainly more pronounced in the US. Our universities face mounting pressure to cut programs that do not […]

The Tiny House Movement

This is a compilation from two blogs by: Alex of www.tiny-house-living.com and Gregory Johnson of www.resourcesforlife.com/small-house-society       The Small House Society is a voice for the Small House Movement. The movement is the result of concerns about what we are doing to our environment, and what our environment is doing to us (wild fires, […]

Why Feminism?

Feminism (Part 2) – Why? [Part One in this series, which focuses on defining feminism and hears from mothers on the topic, is available online: www.synergymag.ca/what-is-feminism]. Our society values what are generally known as “masculine” traits, such as single-minded determination, aggressiveness, a take-charge attitude, decisiveness and competitiveness which are viewed as symbols of strength. Throughout […]

Radio – Heart and Mind: Tools for Change

This weekly radio talk show was aired on CHLY 101.7 Radio Malaspina. In the following recordings, your hosts, Nicole Shaw and Dirk Becker, explore topics that provoke, prod and encourage.    In a society that has become increasingly individualistic and heavily dependent upon “mind”, this show encourages listeners to access their “hearts” in order to […]