All posts by KK Hodder

Our People – Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon, Hollyhock Board Chair, was recently featured in Blue & Green Tomorrow, a UK-based news site that focuses on businesses that balance the needs of the planet, its people and prosperity.

‘We need investment that prioritises long-term wellbeing for people and planet’
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 By Blue & Green Tomorrow

Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” So how would the threat of death affect your outlook on life? For Joel Solomon, president of Renewal Partners, it spurred him on to use his business and investment nous to help create a better future for generations to come.

A number of family members, including his father, had died of polycystic kidney disease – where cysts form in the kidneys, causing them to become enlarged. And when he himself was diagnosed with the condition in his early 20s, doctors said he could die very soon – or he could live a long life.

Read the full article, here.

SVI Hollyhock Alumni Featured at TEDx Vancouver

On October 21, 2013, Hollyhock Social Venture Institute participants were some of the many 2,300 brought together for a day of ideas worth spreading for TEDx Vancouver.  The Social Venture Institute community was well-represented, with SVI participants Joel SolomonJohn IzzoMark Brand and John Bromley each taking the stage to deliver the talks of their lives.

If you missed it in person, the videos of their talks have just been released:

A Journey of Mortality, Renewal & Ethical Investment: Joel Solomon at TEDxVancouver

The Impact of an Unconventional Solution: Mark Brand at TEDxVancouver

Disrupting the World of Charity: John Bromley at TEDxVancouver

The Defining Moment for a Generation-In-Waiting: Dr. John Izzo at TEDxVancouver

Krishna Das Performs at Grammy Awards

Check out Krishna Das, past Hollyhock Presenter, live at the Grammy Awards in February 2013

Never Ski Alone

By Lisl Dennis

“Every breath you take, every move you make.” Sting’s tune is spinning on
The Bridge, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, as I bucket back up to Wolf Creek, CO
for an incoming end of season blizzard. For sure, there’s a StoryShard with
every breath, every step and every move we make.
Perhaps not exactly what Sting has in mind, but amazing how tunes and lyrics kick in to trigger the imagination. For me, snow storms invites movement,
music, insights – and anecdotal personal stories. I don’t always hear the tune or get the message in everyday moment-to-moment life, but skiing does open me
to StoryShards from the Slopes. As Sting affirms: “I’ll be watching you.” It’s about what we watch for and listen to while skiing. For the whole story click here.
This trip to The Wolf, I must return the pyrex dish from an early season, long-frozen cherry pie. Yes, I get a fresh one from the Wolf Creek baker every time
I ski at this secret powder stash in Southern Colorado. Thereby hangs a StoryShard!

Hope to make it to Whistler again next ski season.

 

Lisl Dennis is a worldwide travel and decorative arts photographer, travel writer, television host and international tour leader storyshards.info

 

 

Harmony and Kinobe Launch New Project

via harmonyfdn.ca

Collaboration for Children of the Earth

Kinobe and Harmony have come together to launch an exciting new project consisting of a CD, an international tour and an education campaign, with the purpose to increase awareness about issues of environment, poverty and social development, and raise funds for children’s education and sustainable community projects in developing countries. Harmony is proud to announce that Kinobe has been appointed aHarmony Foundation World Ambassador.

For many people today, life is a struggle with grinding poverty, hunger and unhealthy environments. And yet, we have the means to ensure that every man, woman and child lives free of hunger and discrimination, in healthy and prosperous communities where they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. With compassion, creativity and foresight we can make it happen.

 Harmony is widely recognized for leadership and innovation on environment and development issues, helping governments, schools, business, youth and local residents to work together to create healthier, more prosperous communities. Programs have been implemented in 36 countries, most notably Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the Middle East and China. Major awards include the prestigious UN Global 500 Award and Ethics in Action. (www.harmonyfdn.ca)

Kinobe is a gifted young Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer known around the world for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. The opportunity to perform with renowned African musicians and his exposure to the bright palette of musical cultures has shaped him as a lifelong lover and purveyor of African musical traditions and a unique contributor to world music. Kinobe’s work with Harmony is an expression of his commitment to bringing love and joy to people through his music and contributing to building a better future for children and their families everywhere. (www.kinobemusic.com)

The Bateman Foundation is a Canadian charity dedicated to education and public service based on the philosophies and legacy of renowned artist and naturalist Robert Bateman. The Foundation’s purpose is to support education programs to promote lifelong engagement with nature, with special emphasis on programs for leaders and policy-makers, youth, families and First Nations. Robert Bateman has earned great respect and admiration around the world for his art, his philanthropy and his contributions to nature conservation. We are honoured to have The Bateman Foundation involved in this project. (www.batemancentre.org)

The goal of the Kinobe-Harmony collaboration is to inspire people from all walks of life to take part in creating a healthier world, now and in the future, for everyone.

Read more about the Kinobe-Harmony Collaboration here.