In chronological order (from most recent). Ph.D. Student - Social Psychology (late bloomer), Taxi Driver (10 years), Writer (newspapers and other stuff), Mom (at 38 - phew), Bar Owner (live music venue, grass roots/blues), bum (yup, for about a year), Art Gallery Owner, Canada Revenue worker (5 years), waitress/bartender (20-30 diff places), crazy teenager with a small motorcylce (400 cc), babysitter, adopted, born.
Areas of Expertise
An idea worth spreading
Cut power world-wide for 7 days. People may develop true friendships.
I'm passionate about
I'm passionate about change - but respect a stability mindset (within reason). I'm also passionate about fostering humanitarian knowledge (but it's o.k. that not everyone is into that).
Talk to me about
Fear - otherwise known as human motivation.
People don't know I'm good at
My TED story
I'm frustrated. I think TED is wonderful - but, in some ways it's preaching to the 'already convinced.' This might sound crazy, but I wish to reach a broader audience - everyday people. I could try working my way down from the top (via politics? etc?), but that's a dead horse. I can't run for office because a lot of people don't understand that they can't have free health-care and lower taxes at the same time. I think I need to become a celebrity (of course, I'd have to stop drinking now, so that I don't get sucked into a vortex of self-destruction). WHAT IS MY MESSAGE? It's complicated - it's kinda to remind people of what is true - and do it 'simply', cuz there's sooooo much data for everyone to sift through. So, what is true? A coupla hundred things. One of them is that we are individuals living on a wet, grassy rock in a very large universe. Another is that we are motivated by fear - and we do lots of stuff because of it.