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Interview: Connect 2012 - long form v1.0
Interviewer: Doreen Agostino
Interviewee: Cindy Stradling
Location: Ontario Canada

Question Answer
1 Describe your interest in being a change agent, i.e. working to create positive change for the greater good. How would you characterize your current activity level? (Choose one) Somewhat active

2 Describe how this compares to the activity level as a change agent that you might desire for yourself. (Choose one) Actively looking for ways to do more

3 List any movements or organizations you are involved with that might be synergistic with other initiatives to create positive change. First Nations Women

Pregnant Teens

Women in women's shelters

4 We are creating a database of projects and initiatives to support the emergence of collaborative work via Connect 2012. Is there something you are engaged with now, or might imagine launching or being a part of, that you would like to share? If so, please briefly describe the nature of this work, including its purpose and intended results. 1. One day live conference for First Nation's Women - desired outcome is for First Nations Women to feel hope, and see new possibilities.

2. Work with a local women's shelter to provide education. 3. Design a program for pregnant teens.

5 Are there needs you have or requests you want to make regarding the work described in #4 above? Item 1 above - require volunteer people to do manicures, pedicures, massage; clothing, motivational speakers, food, grab bag gifts, presenters for 100- 150 women receiving education for the first time.

6 List websites you'd like to share that relate specifically to your projects (including Twitter & Facebook if you wish):
(List each website on a separate line)




7 In addition to being interviewed, are you also interested in conducting interviews as part of the Connect 2012 initiative? Yes

8 Is there anything else you would like to share with other Connect 2012 participants? Keep up the good networking.

9 Q1(a): As you reflect on a time when people came together in a powerful way for positive change, choose one that stands out for you. Tell me your story about that time and any part you, your family and/or friends might have played in it [if relevant].

An annual event hosted by her sister for 8 years, where Cindy did all the displays.

They provided NEW underwear for women in shelters, which expanded through donations of televisions, stereos, shoes, other clothing, toiletries, and live musicians providing entertainment. http://pantyschmooze.com

10 Q1(b): Why this is an important story? How has it influenced you? What lessons does it offer going forward?

This experience opened Cindy's eyes and heart to less than ideal conditions facing people that Cindy was unaware of, prior to contributing to these annual events.

11 Q2: At this time in history, what challenges do you see in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially? What opportunities do you see in the ways that things might be shifting, awakening and/or emerging in response to these challenges?

Challenge: People living in their own silos/communities, focusing on their own circumstances rather than looking for ways to evolve and improve together.

Opportunity: Transform 'I' logic into 'WE' thoughts and feelings, and work together for the collective benefit of people and our environment.

12 Q3 Context: Imagine we’re a few years down the line and people like you have been hugely successful in moving us towards lasting and far-reaching changes that benefit all people and the planet as a whole. Wherever you look, there are dramatic improvements in how leaders behave and how communities interact. As you walk through your city, town or village and talk with others across your country and around the world, you see evidence of positive change spreading everywhere.

Q3(a): Describe the differences you, hear, feel, and experience in your everyday life.

A sense of inner peace and calm, connectedness and love with other people. People are laughing, grateful and experiencing joy. Present moment awareness is very much alive.

13 Q3(b): Describe the differences you see, hear, feel and experience in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially.

Collaboration and integrity prevail. Governance willingly responds to requirements of individuals and our environment, as well as people taking care of one another. A huge gap between those who have and have not was dissolved.

14 Q3(c): What did people do early on that helped to generate such positive outcomes?

People exploring beyond their comfort zone, collaborating and cooperating to improve conditions for everyone. People speaking up peacefully for what matters most to them in life.

15 Q3(d): What role did you play in making this happen?

As a change agent Cindy took an interest and got involved.

Hosted a Blog Talk Radio show called A Womans Journey.

Wrote 2 books: Crossing the Finish Line Becoming a Self Defined Woman

Coach people on one one.

Volunteer work.

16 Q4(a): What skills, talents and/or resources might you have to offer in service to collaborative work that emerges via the connect 2012 initiative?

Life coach [personal, professional, corporate, teams]

Radio host.

17 Q4(b) What is the nature of this potential offer (as a paid service, barter, gift, a combination, etc.)?

Mix of gifts and paid services.

18 Are you interested in developing the infrastructure of Occupy Cafe in support of this initiative or in other respects?

Not at this time.

19 Are you interested in collaborating on the production of a short video or a blog post based on your stories and vision?

Maybe, require more information.