Frances Cha: “Books were something that consumed my life”



A former travel and culture editor for CNN International, Frances Cha grew up between the United States, Hong Kong, and South Korea. She has written for The Atlantic, The Believer, and the Yonhap News Agency, among others. Her debut novel, If I Had Your Face, follows four young women in Seoul’s underclass, “making their way … Continue reading Frances Cha: “Books were something that consumed my life”


Cameron Dueck: “Mennonite has a lot of definitions”



Across Latin America, from the plains of Mexico to the jungle of Paraguay, live a cloistered Germanic people. In Menno Moto, a memoir of an eight-month, 45,000 kilometre motorcycle journey across the Americas, Mennonite writer Cameron Dueck searches for common ground within his cultural diaspora. From issues of drug smuggling and water rights in Mexico, … Continue reading Cameron Dueck: “Mennonite has a lot of definitions”


Eva Holland: “Fear is essential”



In 2015, writer and Outside magazine correspondent Eva Holland was forced to confront the question: what happens when the thing you fear the most comes true? The daughter of a mother who lost her own parents young, Holland long feared the same would happen to her. Then, on a camping trip in northwestern British Columbia, … Continue reading Eva Holland: “Fear is essential”


Erynne Gilpin is a Victoria-based educator, birth doula, and bead worker, as well as the founder of Indigenous Womxn Climb. (Photo: kl. Peruzzo | @peruzzo.prz)

Dr. Erynne Gilpin: “Knowledge is relational”



A co-founder of UATÊ // STORIED LEARNING, a vehicle for community-led knowledge mobilization through film and storytelling, Erynne Gilpin is a Victoria-based educator, birth doula, bead worker, and activist. The creator of Indigenous Womxn Climb, she is interested in Indigenous resurgence through “embodied governance, insurgent healing, and land/water-based wellness.” “Knowledge is really interconnected with everything … Continue reading Dr. Erynne Gilpin: “Knowledge is relational”


Eternity Martis: “I had to survive”



Eternity Martis found that as a Black student at a mostly-white university, she learned more about “what someone like me brought out in other people than who I was.” From blackface to racial slurs, she chronicled it all in her debut memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun. A blend of personal stories and in-depth … Continue reading Eternity Martis: “I had to survive”


Buy Nothing Project: “Build the world you want to live in”



What if, when you wanted something, you just asked? Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark are the co-creators of the Buy Nothing Project, a global network of hyper-local gift economies aimed at building community and consuming less. What started as a small Facebook group in Bainbridge Island, Washington in 2013 — the first gift was a … Continue reading Buy Nothing Project: “Build the world you want to live in”


David Roskelley: “Enjoy the grind”



David Roskelley has a penchant for difficult things. The first American to climb the Seven Summits and Volcanic Seven Summits, the highest mountains and volcanoes on each continent, Roskelley has survived on yak meat while summiting Mount Everest, and traveled as far afield as Papua New Guinea and Antarctica in search of peaks to climb. … Continue reading David Roskelley: “Enjoy the grind”


Meik Wiking: “The happiness of pursuit”



Meik Wiking has made a life out of studying happiness. The Copenhagen-based researcher and international bestselling author (The Little Book of Hygge, The Little Book of Lykke) has worked with countries around the world to explore what brings meaning and satisfaction to our lives. The Happiness Research Institute founder and CEO’s latest book, The Art … Continue reading Meik Wiking: “The happiness of pursuit”


Pachi Ibarra: “You have to be prepared for everything [in Antarctica]”



Maria Paz ‘Pachi’ Ibarra may well be one of the most experienced alpinists in all of Antarctica. The Santiago, Chile-raised climber has over ten first ascents in the Ellsworth Mountains, more than anyone else. A guide for more than 15 years, she first arrived on the continent to survey peaks in the Sentinel Range. She … Continue reading Pachi Ibarra: “You have to be prepared for everything [in Antarctica]”


Alex Wong: “You’ve got to check your ego at the door”



A Toronto-based freelance writer and bestselling co-author of We The Champs: The Toronto Raptors’ Historic Run to the 2019 NBA Title, Alex Wong is among the most preeminent personalities in the NBA’s digital sphere. A former accountant, his path to journalism was an unconventional one, sparked by an early-career layoff. Now, Wong — whose work … Continue reading Alex Wong: “You’ve got to check your ego at the door”