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Please tell us how leadership training would help you to make an even greater impact on the social innovation field.
Discourse Media was founded by journalists. While we have decades of collective experience reporting for national and international publications, we are now at the point in our careers where we need to build our capacity to transition from simply broadcasting content into the world to strategically using journalism to support positive change.
Personally, there are two areas in which I need to develop in order to realize my potential in developing Discourse Media. First, I have much to learn in terms of change knowledge. What is the role of journalists and media in tackling social challenges? Second, I would benefit greatly from learning more about how to effectively run a small organization; I am constantly working on how best to cultivate a great team, pursue financial sustainability for Discourse Media and manage operations.
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I am a journalist, multimedia editor and author with a lifelong interest in education, innovation and creativity. For over a decade, I have worked for leading Canadian and international publications including Reader’s Digest International, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, The Times of London and others. I have reported from more than a dozen countries on three continents. My work has been translated into 20 languages and published in 34 countries.
In 2013, I found myself at a point in my career where I felt like I wasn't making the impact I wanted with my work. So, along with two colleagues, I founded Discourse Media, an organization dedicated to innovating new models for producing journalism in the public interest.
I have a history of leadership, starting during my post-secondary education when I spent two years as editor-in-chief of my student newspaper the Capilano Courier. From there I became president of Canadian University Press, based in Toronto, before moving to Maclean's magazine to lead the launch of the digital presence of its well-known University Ranking publication.
I am currently researching my second book, tentatively titled “The School the Kids Built.” My first book “The Canadian Campus Companion“ (with coauthor Ben Coli) was published by Thomas Allen in 2011.
I also teach journalism at the innovative Quest University.