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Ideas are nothing if you don’t execute.
I wonder if we’re missing real opportunities to connect because we’ve caved into our digitally crazed world that we find ourselves in.
Technology gives us this illusion that we can be everywhere and do anything when in reality we’re nowhere and can’t get anything done.
It’s difficult sometimes just to be merely present. And the flip side of it is, sometimes it’s difficult to be around other people, isn’t it? The fear of rejection, being judged, not knowing what your relationship is like with that other person.
Technology, unfortunately, is like a double-edged sword. It has both the power to enhance our lives and also to destroy it.
What is craft? It feels like something that should be straightforward. But what I'm beginning to learn is that craft is actually a very complex idea.
Everyone has a craft story.
I realized those failed knitting projects are not failed knitting projects.
Craft is much more than a way to make an object. It is much more than a way to brand a product. It is even much more than a process.
So many of us are just trying to be really good at what we do, that we're sacrificing our humanity.
I don't just want to be really good at what I do; yet, at the same time, be really weak at who I am. Because I have a belief that if you're really at who you are, you're gonna be incredible at what you do.
We think we're supposed to be passionate about waht we do, but when we are passionate about who we are, it changes everything about what we do.
When you give space to other people, new ideas will come up. You’ll surprise yourself, too.
I tried to come up with small rules, to have the overview of control, but also space to breathe.
Change one small thing, and then everything can change.
I brought the element of the glitch into my work – you bring in the faults and the things going
wrong with the work.
“It feels inhuman, to make a life, about me.”
Homelessness is not an identity, it is an experience.
Arjanna van der Plas & Fran Guijarro
Community = Experience + Connection
Community Lightning Talks!
You don't have to inherit your community, you can build it.
What that comes down to when you're looking to build a community and evolve, is opportunity.
In Ottawa and Gatineau [...] we commute and use the bridges. There are four bridges, why not build a fifth one? A virtual one, and meet together and get interest in the other culture.
If we can create spaces where people get out of their comfort zone, get to know their neighbours, and share a meal with someone who's different than them, then that's part of the way to a place where food banks aren't needed anymore.
You cannot be everything to everyone. If you're going to have a community, be specific about what it is that you want to do.
You need to understand, when things get hard, why you want to keep on going.