Archive for September, 2008

MIA in not so fine a dress

Posted in Workspace with tags , , , on September 25, 2008 by zoepawlak

Once there was a girl who had a best friend who fell madly in love.  I think you know the rest.  The wedding was beyond-words-great, but we have missed our blog and our readers. 

We have fallen hopelessly in love with you and feel the blessing of this blog more and more each day.  With each positive response (and a new BIG positive response to expand in the works) our hearts get bigger, our minds go wild and we make crazy plans like applying for the W Experts Search , making a crazy amounts of business cards for an upcoming networking event and finding the content we need for the upcoming month’s theme of innovation.  (Please submit if you feel that you or someone you know’s business is innovative!)  With all these varied tasks at hand we feel so good to have a place to come to.  A place to write and a partnership that grows stronger and stronger with each meeting. 

Since it’s Workspace month, I want to talk about this workspace.  Since this is where we work, let us share a little about being online.  When I recently met with a friend Claire who is trying to get her website up for her paintings, she had some questions about the function of a website and the “why’s” of why to do it at all.  When I turned the question on her as to why she felt she needed a website, she said she “felt it was time”.  She also wants to “take herself more seriously”. 

I know, for me, this was a big reason to get my site up and running.  ‘It was time’ for me last August.  Everyone wants to find you online and everyone wants to say they have seen your site.  I told Claire the truth and that was that my site did not make me any money or seem to lead to anything remarkable until I stopped promoting the work in person and started to stay within the online communityto promote myself and my paintings.  What does this mean?  Well, I was leading people to the site through word of mouth and business cards, but it was making no/little impact.  There was already an online community created to look at my work that had been added to and worked on for years.  It had been made by curators and artists and art lovers alike…all for the same good cause of promoting fine art.  Not only was I missing the great potential numbers of submitting my work to online publications, magazines, blogs and interior designers, I was also asking people to kindly “take a peek”.  Take a peek they did, but peeking doesn’t pay.  Peeking doesn’t promote you and peeking surly doesn’t ask the peeker to tell their friends.  People like instructions and people who like you or your work will often do what you say.  So, they peeked, just as I had asked them to do. 

Peeking doesn’t pay

I also said to Claire that having a space online did another thing for me in terms of taking myself seriously.  I had to look at the site too, so when I went to show it to a friend or add a title to a piece and saw that “Gasp!  THIS ARTIST HAD MADE NO PROGRESS!” I knew that that artist was me and that there was only one person to plump up that site and fill it with delicious things!  That motivated me.  In a field that often requires many solo hours, this online space became my buddy, my accountability and my space for good things to show the peekers; a true working space.  This space needed attending to, cultivation, editing and love.  A word that is often used amongst loving and avid bloggers is ‘nurture’.  There is nothing as sorry as visiting a hollow, sad, lonely online space where you think, “GOOD GOD, get that thing offline, so it’s not making everyone so depressed!” When we met with web guru Megan Cole, she said you must “just keep nurturing your space.”  You can tell how much a blogger nurtures their space and this nurture tells you how much energy they put into it and how much heart they have for their blog. 

Gen and I have recently been watching the beautifully tended My Marrakesh about an American woman living-lovely in Morocco.  We have fallen in love with her dreamy writing and when I complimented her on her blog via email, she said “My blog, like yours, is a labour of love.” 

People will always respond to love.  Gen did, and look where that got her!  Meeting with all these fabulous lady-workers we have yet to hear someone say, “Oh, I am doing this for the money.”  Or, “I was told this business was a good idea.”  The working ones who are working wonders are working from their hearts.  We try to follow this as closely as possible and watch our content and measure it by concerns about integrity and heart.  We were MIA and looking pretty in dresses, but we are happy to be back full force in a nurtured space.

Photo Credit: http://www.ampersandmedia.co.uk/images/peeking.jpg

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MIA in Love

Posted in Loaded Bow: Following Our Story with tags , , on September 23, 2008 by genennis

Once upon a time there was a girl who fell in love with a boy. 

They were just kids, but time ticks on, and they decided to play house together. 

One day the boy got down on one knee in front of her family and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him.

Their wedding was the stuff fairytales are made of, and the girl was so distracted by bliss that she completely abandoned her blog.  But she is back, and is feeling more growing up than when she left, because she is now in fact married.

         

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Lighthouse does Green Workspace

Posted in Bended Bow, Workspace on September 10, 2008 by zoepawlak

Light House Sustainable Building Centre is an enterprising non-profit society dedicated to advancing and catalyzing sustainability in British Columbia’s built environment. We offer a range of free and fee-based programs and services out of our 1,300 square foot office, resource and display centre on Granville Island.

Our purpose is to:

  • Provide a “first-stop” integrated service shop that connects British Columbians with the inspiration, information, services and skills they need to implement sustainable building solutions.
  • Provide education, training and outreach programs that will foster a deeper awareness of and commitment to sustainable building practices
  • Support and advance public sector programs and private sector initiatives through community engagement, research, partnership development, technical assistance and consulting services.
  • Facilitate and accelerate market transformation and economic development activities for the sustainable building cluster in British Columbia

Lighthouse as it appears from the outside

Loaded Bow:  Can you tell us what Lighthouse is doing that is innovative as your services relate to office space?

Light House:  Light House offers energy consulting and management services to help business owners: reduce utility and maintenance costs; improve building performance, comfort and property value; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; identify opportunities for energy savings; and access government retrofit incentives.

LB:  How are office spaces changing?

LH:Office spaces are becoming healthier for occupants and the environment.  Examples of green features include natural daylighting and ventilation, views for occupants, low-VOC finishes, energy-efficient lighting, and reused/recycled/local materials. 

LB:  What is the workspace like at Lighthouse?

LH:  Light House is an open-plan 1,300 square foot office.  It contains 11 workspaces, meeting room and display area for the resource centre.  Targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver for Commercial Interiors, the space is fitted out with a number of sustainable features: ENERGY STAR appliances, low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilet, recycled glass and concrete countertop, recycled flooring and carpet, high-efficiency fluorescent lighting with daylight sensors, and low-VOC paint.

LB:  What is your favourite part about your job? 

LH:  My favourite part of this job is helping our visitors make their homes and workplaces more sustainable.

Lighthouse Interior

LB:  For a woman who is beginning her business and looking to go greener, how can she know what to prioritize?  Do you have a consultation that you offer?

LH:  Light House offers HomeSpa, a healthy and eco-friendly advisory service.  While the service targets homes, our consultants can also provide recommendations to business owners who would like to green their offices.

LB:  What are some savings business owners can expect the more green they go?  (Example: You can receive up to $10 per gigajoule of energy savings.)

LH:  The benefits of green building can be divided into two categories: resource savings and occupant benefits.  Resource conservation (energy and water conservation, emissions reductions, waste and waste water reduction) from green buildings can result in significant dollar savings over traditional construction, although this amount is difficult to approximate as it depends on the upgrades that are made.   Occupant benefits include increased productivity, reduced turnover, and improved employee satisfaction.  With salaries and wages accounting for typically 90 per cent or more of a firm’s building-related expenses, even a slight increase in productivity can be enough to justify a switch to a green building.

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Lindsay Nahmiache in Bollywood

Posted in Bended Bow, Workspace with tags , , , , , on September 2, 2008 by zoepawlak

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase just take the first step.  –  Martin Luther King Jr.

Lindsay Nahmiache looks to this valuable quote whenever she faces that internal questioning of deciding what she is about to do in life and career.

Lindsay currently lives in Vancouver, Canada. She went to school at The American International University of London, UK. After which she found herself working for E! Entertainment London (EMEA). Lindsay then decided to move to Mumbai, India and work in Bollywood. She moved back to Vancouver in 2007 to be closer to her family and explore the use of film for social change. Founder of Jigsaw Communications and Co-founder of the Projecting Change Film Festival Lindsay is working to blend commercial films and social activism. This upcoming month she will be working at The Toronto International Film Festival.

Loaded Bow:  After London, you moved to India to work in Bollywood.  Can you describe the environment you worked in?

Lindsay Nahmiache in Indian Dress

Lindsay Nahmiache: Hmm, words to describe working in India… “Fascinating, challenging, inspirational, endearing, terrifying, amazing.”

Whenever people ask me that question it is easy, but difficult to answer. Travelling there is one thing, but living and working there is a complete other. I was lucky to work for an Indian company that was run by two brothers. Their family basically adopted me and I got to be a part of something that was beyond what, at the time, I defined as a traditional workplace. I worked hard every day (10-12 hours/day; there was no such thing as weekends in the Indian Film Industry – likewise with most film industries)  But at the same time there was a huge emphasis on family.  When I would finish work at 10pm, without fail I would be invited to someone’s house for dinner; all the family would be waiting and we would dine together. It was wonderful.

Eating with Family- one of my bosses Aditya and his son Adiraj

LB:  How were you treated in Bollywood?

 LN: Aside from the fantastic family atmosphere, there were also some very challenging aspects to working in India. I experienced a high level of racism for being ‘White” or “gori” as they call it. People would stare wherever I went and try to test my resolve in all business negotiations. As a result I had to build up this strong exterior to make sure that I didn’t become a pawn in someone else’s game. I think that training, balanced with an ability to be compassionate and understanding has helped me a lot in sticking to my instincts and getting things done.

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