For creative output, press V for vulnerability

Confession: I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. This ambition embarrasses me – for its ridiculousness, its vagueness, its total lack of a roadmap, its audacity. For the sheer weight of it. For its unlikeliness – people are reading less and less, the world is already overflowing with…

The Girl Effect

Women make groups smarter. That’s the Big Reveal from latest research on collective intelligence. (And yes, it’s so radical it even makes the researchers uncomfortable.) History has shown that great innovation happens in groups. But curiously, great groups don’t arise simply by filling the room with talented individuals. What do you hear about great groups? Not…

How to Change the World in 5 Easy Steps with Balding for Dollars’ founder Dave Clark

Dave Clark is the organiser behind some of Whistler’s most significant fundraising events – the Balding for Dollars bash, the Dusty BBQ Championships Tasting Series, SWELL and the Whistler Half Marathon. I interviewed him recently for an article about the sold-out-in-record-time Whistler Half Marathon and we got a little side-tracked. Here’s what I learned about Accidental Awesomeness…

The case for a Daily Practice

I get the new hygienist at my 6 monthly check-up. After ten years as a ski-bum, finally having dental benefits means I vaguely dread these appointments – there’s belated penance to be paid for sins of omission and neglect. And the new hygienist, though young and capable, is brusque enough to be a little Scary….

Skiing The Edge – presenting the best feature ski writing of 2011

Skiing The Edge is now available for download on amazon.com and via iTunes. Deploy today’s coffee budget in favour of story! Just $3.99. In July, Dave Fonda invited me to judge awards recognising the best feature ski writing of the year. I said yes because: he promised me a coffee mug, he also promised there…

Heliskiing with Canadian Olympic decathlete, Mike Smith

The second most intimidating moment on a heliskiing trip, (after the Burning Walk of Scrutiny) is not actually watching the safety video, where all the perils that face you are articulated in graphic, litigation-proof detail, but the instant where, standing atop the untracked snow of your first run, the guide says, “Okay. Buddy up.” Having…

A different way of looking: the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Without textbooks or diagrams, an oral culture shares technology by apprenticeship.  Working alongside a master. A direct transmission of knowledge, person to person. It’s a slow-paced way to accumulate expertise, and vulnerable, but that sense of steadying slowness infuses the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre from the moment one pushes open the huge carved entry doors…