The Conversation Lab is a weekly radio program that airs on CFRO FM in Vancouver and available on all podcasting platforms. Its focus is on giving community groups, non-profit organizations, and changemakers a voice to talk about those things that are most important to them. Learning how to build bridges into different communities seems critical as we explore the uneven development of colonialism and global capitalism in our community.
These conversations are organized by Don Shafer who is a veteran broadcaster and Ph.D. Student, at UBC's Social Justice Institute. He is studying the science, psychology, cultural, and emotional components of conversation and what they have in common to gain insight and improve on existing knowledge of how we engage with each other whether about climate, race, gender, culture, politics, or social justice issues to contribute to positive social change.
CFRO FM (Co-op Radio) is located in Vancouver's downtown eastside on the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-waututh) Nations where we are grateful to be able to do this work.
Chris Mcbride & Teri Thorson - Spinal Cord Injury BC
Chris & Teri talk about the work they do with Spinal Cord Injury BC, the challenges they face and what it means to be human - in or out of a wheelchair.
Terrance Kosikar - Camp My Way
Terrance Kosikar is a first responder and was on scene of the fatal luge accident the first day of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler. This is Terrance's story of dealing with PTSD and his dream of helping others with Camp My Way.
Nicola Bartel - Mercy Canada
Nicola Bartel has been helping young women since 1996 deal with trauma, abuse, and pain. As the Executive Director of Mercy Canada, she talks about the organization and the challenges many women face in these difficult times.
Cherie White - Steadfast Developments
Cherie White is a passionate visionary when it comes to social justice and business. As a long time resident in Vancouver's DTES she is committed to making a difference and talks about some of her ideas about environmentally friendly building projects.
Michael Weib, Tonye Aganaba & Kelly Tatham - "Time to Talk"
Vancouver City Councilor Michael Weib along with Tonye Aganaba and Kelly Tatham join us to unpack what went into Time to Talk. A round-table discussion in our community to talk about
decriminalizing poverty and what a poverty reduction plan might look like - a sex workers safety plan, the many issues concerning missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2 spirit
people - An equity framework/intersectionality toolkit - the Mayor’s overdose emergency task force, women’s equity strategy, and the healthy city strategy.
Dr. Michelle Sholzberg - The Rapid Covid Coag Trial (Pillar of Hope)
This is a conversation with Michelle Sholzberg about how a world wide research project came together to investigate a drug that can decrease COVID-19 complications. We talk about the trial, the issues, and chronicling this journey in the podcast series - Pillar of Hope