Don Shafer

Broadcaster, Student, Researcher

Vancouver (Canada)

From September 23 to October 3, 2018

Biography —


Don is a veteran broadcaster, student, and consultant with the Hamilton Media Group. He is committed to using all that comes with a career in media, as well as what he is learning at Simon Fraser University as he completes his master’s degree to help effect positive social change.

He is interested in the relationship between media, art, culture, and our interconnectedness with each other, the world we share, and learning the art of how to ask beautiful questions.  

Don is a strong supporter of community organisations and has served on the boards of Variety the Children’s Charity, PFLAG, the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation as well as the Deans Advisory Board at the University of British Columbia.  

Research and Teaching Interests include media & communication, depth psychology, philosophy, climate change, environmental justice, peacebuilding, ecological sustainability, social geography, art, and culture.

Project —

As a broadcaster and student of media, I have learned that the best conversations are those where the ability to listen and to ask generous questions brings out the best in those asking, as well as those answering. Being able to move beyond a public discourse of certainty or absolutism and understanding why achieving common ground does not have to be the goal. A beautiful question then is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we feel, perceive or think about something—and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about positive personal and social change as we share the stories of our time.  This project will allow me to explore new departure points within conversations and build bridges to more engaged storytelling and narrative based inquiry. This project strives to illuminate the heart of an issue or point of view, and that place between science, fact, and embedded beliefs.