Awesome Foundation KW Meets Kwartzlab

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This week we had yet another amazing pitch night for Awesome Foundation KW. It was a tough decision, but we decided to fund Kwartzlab’s “Hacky Halloween” project. I’m really excited about this project, and I think this paragraph from their blog post shows why: We live in a world of electronics. Learning a simple skill like […]

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Why Do You Awesome?

Nathaniel of the soon-to-be-launched Awesome Foundation Seattle wrote a charming post about why he’s excited for it to happen asking people why they are involved in AF. Here’s why I love AWESOME! I was Instigator of Awesome @AwesomeOttawa and am currently a Co-Conspirator @KWAwesomeFound. I’m a software engineer, so I just need a computer and […]

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Awesome Foundation KW

Pink Kitty

When I was apartment hunting in KW, I went to see the knit the bridge project in nearby Cambridge. It was a really awesome project, and it made me excited to move to KW. The energy I felt here from the first time I visited – coincidentally when Ignite was on – has just been […]

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Stepping Down from Awesome Ottawa

Sea World Dolphin

The last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be an Awesome Foundation trustee. Yes, it’s putting our money where our mouths are; not just saying “that would be a cool project” but putting the money on the table to fund it. More than that though, for me it’s been about being […]

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In Pursuit of Awesome


My coolest title right now is “Instigator of Awesome” at Awesome Ottawa. So what’s Awesome Ottawa? It’s a group of 10 trustees and a Dean of Awesome, and every month we give away $1000 to enable something awesome. So far, we’ve funded an art-flash-mob, a living-evolving installation, a 350-org climate change event. When Levannia asked […]

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You May Say I’m a Dreamer…

Recently, I read something that said (I’m paraphrasing): The surest way to mediocrity is trying to be liked by everyone. Shortly after, I met the conspiracy theorist Mike Levin, of Unfolding Magazine to talk about Awesome Ottawa, you can read the article here. I didn’t really like the article, but I’m trying to embrace the […]

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Making Ottawa More Awesome

Check out my guest post on the Code Factory blog the Road Less Travelled. The Awesome Foundation is a group of 10 people who every month award a grant of $1000 to someone to enable something AWESOME. Examples include: a giant laser, a cotton candy cannon, and a “happiness hat” (my personal favourite). . Ultimately, […]

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Awesome Foundation Ottawa

I’ve heard that you should be the change you want to see in the world. Well, I would like the world to be more AWESOME. It’s time to take action on that, and I have a plan. There’s this thing that was started up in Boston last year called the Awesome Foundation. Basically, it’s a […]

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