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Welcome to our community.

As you may have guessed, this is not a camping site (although we do enjoy camping)! Established in 2020, we’re dedicated to the power of storytelling to activate belonging within organizations. As a social enterprise, we also reinvest in our communities through impactful storytelling projects, such as our bestselling anthology, Landed, radio-hosted podcast Hearth 2 Heart, and TV-featured docuseries, unLikely Friends.

If you've grappled with any of these concerns, you've come to the right place:

  • Feeling lost in the sea of diversity and inclusion topics?
  • Launched strategies or training only to see minimal impact?  
  • Unsure how to capture both quantitative and qualitative data to track progress?
  • Burning out from trying to dismantle systemic barriers?
  • Stuck finding motivation for your team – or yourself – to embrace real change?
  • Wanting to tell your story and vision with impact, but it feels just out reach?
  • Frustrated by programs that seem more divisive than unifying ALL people together?
You’re not alone…it’s normal to feel hesitant or get disheartened by previous initiatives that fell short. But, there’s a better way to shift beyond compliance mindsets: by fostering a felt sense of belonging.

Why does Belonging matter?

Isolation

 Studies have found a dramatic increase in feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially since the pandemic.

Belonging begins with self-acceptance

We work with you to help you appreciate your unique strengths, stories, and reimagine your potential.

 

Demographic change

By 2041, 50% of Canada’s population will consist of first or second generation immigrants, 40% people of color, and 26% retirees.

Belonging expands to includes others

Connecting on common values is key to building trust. We’ll equip you with empathy skills wherever you live, work, or study.

 

Disruption

Belonging matters because the pace of change is unprecedented. Organizations today are expected to be purpose-driven, navigating complex global issues.

Belonging results in a shared purpose

Through stories, we create ripples that bridge us from ‘me to we,’ empowering teams to innovate, thrive, and belong to a larger mission.

 

Our Vision

A world that celebrates our diversity and shared humanity.

Our Values

Curiosity | Connectedness | Courage

Our Values

To unlock the power of empathy, one story at a time.

Meet Our Team

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Gayathri Shukla

Gayathri is a visionary leader with a unique blend of engineering skills, business acumen, and storytelling expertise. She is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal. As Founder, she believes in the power of human connection to bring EDIB strategies to life.

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Shannon Hutchison

Shannon is a seasoned educator with teaching expertise across 3 countries. An advocate of the 2SLGBTQI+ community, she runs photography campaigns through Beyond Our Image to create a community where every person matters. She partners with us to facilitate workshops.

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Anshu Stephen

Anshu Stephen is a Certified Trauma-informed Coach providing strength-based and solution-focused coaching. She believes that once we recognize, unface, and embrace our trauma and impact, we can contribute towards collective thriving. She partners with us to activate projects.

Bringing a unique lens to your organization

Assess

Assessment and strategy that integrate your stakeholder voices.

Learn

Training to build your competencies in EDIB and storytelling.

Activate

Events and projects to raise awareness and sustain long-term change.

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