Jan 2015 Newsletter // by Ian MacKenzie
Dear <<First Name>>,
Three months ago I stood before the grave of my great grandparents.
In the rainy Irish afternoon I whispered their names and ran my fingers along the worn engraving. I told them I had come back, a Canadian born great grandson whom they had never known. Maybe they could hear me. Yet somehow, I knew this act was holding the earth together.
Now, in the foggy mist on an island in the Salish Sea, I walk the land and see the Arbutus trees are shedding their skin. Their exposed cinnamon skin seems to enjoy the chill air, as if they cannot wait for spring to arrive on the west coast.
I marvel at their beauty and grieve that I know little else. Thirty three years and I have yet to arrive on this continent.
With the task of learning my poverty, I discover the Scottish botanist Archibald Menzies first collected Arbutus specimens in 1792 and described it as the "oriental strawberry tree." The flowers have a strong honey smell and are well-loved by bees.
And the First Peoples here use the bark for tanning hides. They tie their canoes to the firm trunks when they come ashore. And they know, somehow, that the tree's webbed roots hold the splintered earth together.
My kin buried far away and these trees labouring beneath my feet.
May I live long enough to learn how both are necessary in the long road of coming home.
INTERVIEW: ON REWEAVING A LIVING HUMAN CULTURE
Last month, I was interviewed for Simon on the Sofa, whose mission is to "support, inspire and educate as we collectively evolve and co-create new realities amongst the chaos and wonder of this mystery we call life."
In this 60 minute interview, we cover topics like: articulating the global shift, the nature of homelessness, and what we can actually bequeath to future generations.
» Watch: On Reweaving a Living Human Culture
VIDEO: EXILED THAI JOURALIST SEEKS ASYLUM IN THE USA
Please take a moment to watch this short film I co-produced about Jom Petpradab, a prominent Thai journalist who had to flee the country at risk of imprisonment. For Canadians, he's the equivalent of our Peter Mansbridge, for Americans, he's like Anderson Cooper.
When I met Jom in San Francisco last October, I was moved by his genuine kindness and intelligence. He is waiting for news on his asylum Visa in the US, though over 150 days have gone by. All public exposure helps support his case. Please watch and share widely!
» Watch "The Cost of Freedom of Speech"
Recently Roel Crabbe from Belgium reached out about his crowdfunding campaign for the Anam Cara Project. Together with his partner Griet, they are building a new centre and online platform for positive global transformation. They're goal - raise €75,000.
Their original video wasn't having the impact they desired, so they brought me on board to reframe their story. I'm proud of the new pitch video, and ask that you watch, share, and contribute if inspired. It's beautiful efforts like these that are seeding the emerging world.
CHARLES EISENSTEIN - ON MOVEMENTS AND ACTIVISM
In October 2014, I found myself on the Canticle Farm in Oakland, assisting for a shoot with Charles Eisenstein.
The interview was on behalf of the Pachamama Alliance, an amazing organization who’s stated mission is “to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.”
Want to bring me to your event? I'm available for speaking gigs on crowdfunding, filmmaking, and the emerging paradigm. Contact me here
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