Photographer Todd spoth poses for a picture in Chicago, Illinois.

Todd Spoth: “[Photography is] the only class I’ve ever failed in my existence”



An award-winning photographer based in Houston, TX, Todd Spoth has photographed U.S. presidents, Olympic athletes, and recording artists alike. Known as “Uncle Todd” to more than a few hip-hop artists’ families, Spoth has played golf with rapper Scarface and been doused in slime with NBA All-Star Chris Paul. Todd currently serves on the board of … Continue reading Todd Spoth: “[Photography is] the only class I’ve ever failed in my existence”


Marta Zaraska: “Optimism, kindness, and friendship”



From the day her daughter was born, science journalist Marta Zaraska (Washington Post, The Atlantic) fretted about her family’s health. She fasted, considered adopting the keto diet, and ran a half-marathon. She bought goji berries and chia seeds and ate organic food. But then her research brought her to a new way of understanding, one … Continue reading Marta Zaraska: “Optimism, kindness, and friendship”


Sarah McNair-Landry: “The Arctic Ocean is an amazing and terrifying place”



Raised in Iqaluit, adventurer-filmmaker Sarah McNair-Landry learned to ski and drive sled dogs from her polar guide parents. At nineteen, she became the youngest person to reach both the North and South Poles. She has traversed the Gobi Desert by kite-buggy, traveled Greenland by kayak, survived brushes with hungry polar bears, and now teaches newcomers … Continue reading Sarah McNair-Landry: “The Arctic Ocean is an amazing and terrifying place”


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”