Co-founder of Bundle Organics Juices and Teas discusses how much building a business comes down to perseverance, the shift of influence he's seeing between big business and smaller startups, and why consumers are helping encourage capital with a focus on long term sustainability.
Medical Sociologist and Professor at UBC's Department of Sociology, Dr. Richard Carpiano discusses the significant impact our social relationships have on our overall health: why others are necessary to meet our material, informational, and emotional needs for long-term wellbeing. As he reminds us, "No man is an island".
Faculty Member of the Neufeld Institute, Registered Clinical Counsellor, and Author of Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One), Deborah MacNamera, Ph.D, discusses the importance of looking at people not through their actions or behaviour, but through the innate, physiological drivers that influence that behaviour.
Ph.D. student at UBC and author of Foucault and Educational Ethics, Bruce Moghtader M.A., discusses learning philosophy with children, the complexities of morality in education, and how the best educators always allow room for conversation and connection in the classroom.
Host of Forbes' The Failure Factor, Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC, discusses how our early environments shape our adult lives, highlighting how techniques like mindfulness and somatic experiencing can slow our conditioned reaction to cues and stimulants. She also discusses our biological need for both community, and connection to something greater than ourselves.
Dean Catherine Dauvergne of the Peter A. Allard School of Law on a Call to Action for policy makers and governments around the world to adequately address the global refugee crisis. She explains why Western governments must share in the responsibilities of not only granting asylum to the displaced of war, but also of a fiscal commitment to assist the proximate countries who accept refugees on a vastly larger scale.
Conflict photographer for Magnum and National Geographic, Michael Christopher Brown discusses his recent book Libyan Sugar, and touches on the motivations behind the country's 2011 uprising. Detailing the importance of next year's election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he also explains the complexities of the mineral trade in Africa and what would have to happen for the Congolese to see change.
Cognitive journalist and author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, Maia Szalavitz discusses years of research surrounding the neuroscience of addiction. Explaining the affliction in the context of a biophysical response to stress, loneliness, and rejection, she also highlights addictive behaviour as a malfunctioned form of learning.
Renewable Energy Consultant Karen Raaberg talks about the incredible potential of offshore wind turbines already in practise in Denmark, why she's helping to expand this 'clean technology' to New York State, and how working for passion over profit is always a good business move.
The Guardian columnist, photographer, and former physicist-turned-Wall Street trader, Chris Arnade speaks on the friendships he's made during his 6-year long Faces of Addiction project. Touching on the flaws within the criminal justice system and the alienation of many Americans by 'civil society', he details the reasons behind the revolving doors of Rikers Correctional and Hunts Point in The Bronx, NYC.
Assistant General Manager of New York City's The Musket Room, Anastasia Soldano talks seed-to-table dining, her journey from a large Russian-family dinner table to the halls of culinary arts school, and why she moved from the kitchen to the dining room, bringing her New Orleans style hospitality to this Michelin Award winning Nolita oasis.
Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Don MacPherson talks about reducing the harm of drug use, the history of Prohibition and its roots in Vancouver, Canada, and gives evidence-based incentive for why we need to start looking at decriminalization as a new approach to Drug Policy in Canada.
Political Science Ph.D candidate and expert in the psychology of political decision making, David Moscrop discusses how institutions built for rational decision making don't fare well when the human brain proves to be more impulsive and irrational than we'd like to think.
Power couple Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer discuss their journey into discovering how addiction takes place in the brain, why willpower and shame simply do not work, and how seeing fMRI scans proved to them that we need to approach both the criminal justice system and the medical system in a vastly different way.
Am Johal from SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement talks about creating dynamic spaces for public dialogue and how studying under philosophers Alain Badiou and Giorgio Agamben taught him the true meaning of la dolce vita.
Behavioural Specialist and ABA therapist Andree Mellanby on working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, why attentive parents matter, and why we can learn more from children than we could ever hope to teach them.
Capture Queue is wrapping up for 2015 with a wish for a Happy Holiday Season to all CQ readers and participants. This year I was fortunate to cover a wide range of topics in great depth with some the the most informed, and passionate individuals I now know.
In the spotlight were discussions on sourcing food locally, urban farming, and traditional plant medicines. We took a look at long-lasting reconciliation, the truth about drugs and addiction, and the targeting of marginalized communities in a surveillance state. Covering the voices of the people and the duty of true journalism was a heavy focus, while activism took stage with an NYC woman fighting landlord extortion and another fighting tar sands expansion through her city's backyard. An award winning filmmaker highlighted this same struggle of both oil and ethics. We also took a look at how storytelling through film can prompt us to consider justice, in place of activism.
We then opened the discussion on the dichotomy of conscious capitalism versus hegemonic capitalism, took a journey on architectural design for social connectivity, and discussed how social movements shift political discourse. Policing with a focus on community consultation was campaigned for, as was more effective individual counselling that breaks down the stigma of mental health. Increasingly important is how journalistic endeavours like Capture Queue are able to exist because of those fighting to keep our media open, and our online freedom of speech.
There's even more to come in June 2016 with a new CQ season that will launch with conversations on global housing markets and affordability for young families, what we should all know about autism and social connection, the science behind meditation and the benefits of mindfulness, and what a small, non-profit law organization is doing for disenfranchised individuals who are finally offered a place to turn.
“Go to where the silence is and say something.”
- Amy Goodman
"My philosophy about journalism is simple: that we have a job to hold those in high power accountable, to give voice to the voiceless, and to provide people with information that they can use to make informed decisions about what policies they want enacted in their name and what policies they don't."
- Jeremy Scahill
A huge thank you to all of those who took the time to sit down and discuss some of today's most pressing issues and ideas with me, and who offer hope and inspiration for us all. The endless hours they put in each day are undeniably making this world more aware, more just, and much more enjoyable for everyone to live in. I'm fortunate to have met each and every one of you.
Additional thanks to Chambar restaurant's staff for the endless hours of great service while these conversations and their editing took place, Toby's Estate, Fat Radish, and Little Park in NYC, along with Brent Allen and HQ Pixel for their beautiful photo studios. And of course, a huge thanks to my love Spencer for encouraging me through all the endless hours of work CQ takes, and for doing some last look editing as well!
For everyone else if there are issues or ideas you would like to read more on, individuals who inspire you that you'd love to see featured, or if you simply want to say hello, please don't hesitate to send me a message, and I'll be more than happy to hear from you.