Celebrating the joy of togetherness @jordankallman jumps for joy!

Jordan Kallman celebrating a successful day at the Vancouver Deighton Cup. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Jordan Kallman celebrating a successful day at the Vancouver Deighton Cup. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo Project

Jordan Kallman

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:
Pursuing a dream, living with flow, laughing with friends.

Q: Your greatest passion in life?
A:
Dawn, my one-and-only. Without her, I would have zero interest in pursuing my many sub-passions.

Q: Your driving force?
A:
Since I was young, I’ve been driven to deliver a sense of belonging for others. It took a long time to really understand why I love building this vibe, but it is definitely part of my personal fabric. This force will provide meaning and purpose for my remaining days, I guarantee it.

Q: Your philosophy?
A:
We each belong to one of three companies: givers, matchers and takers. Always choose to join the give ship. And once there, lead from a place of empathy.

Q: What are you working on?
A:
We are constantly developing awesome projects. But today, I’m working on a new idea showcase and media platform with a few great partners called Superhuman. Longevity lessons, human augmentation technologies and explorations outside of the comfort zone. The goal: #ENHANCEYOURSELF. Check it out: superhvman.com

A note from Jordan:
A:
I will one day, very soon host a dinner party for 10,000 people. Seems crazy, until you join the fun with @TSC_Agency

Twitter: @JordanKallman

Instagram: @jrdnkallman

FB page: www.facebook.com/jordan.kallman

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Jordan jumps for joy at the end of a fun day at the Vancouver Deighton Cup. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo project.

Jordan jumps for joy at the end of a fun day at the Vancouver Deighton Cup. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo project.

The joy of Public Art. Vancouver Biennale jumping joy with Barrie Mowatt and Murray Nichol

Barrie Mowatt + Murray Nichol jumping for joy in front of the Love Your Beans  installation by Artist Cosimo Cavallaro for Vancouver Biennale. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo Project

Barrie Mowatt + Murray Nichol jumping for joy in front of the Love Your Beans installation by Artist Cosimo Cavallaro for Vancouver Biennale. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo Project

BARRIE MOWATT

Q: What inspired you to jump for joy?
A:
YOU! I love the project, the visual impact messaging. I’d love to see it happen all over the world… on streetcars, busses, warehouse shacks, billboards… in Soweto, Berlin, The Favellas of Rio, Jerusalem, Ankara, Damascus, Moscow, Mumbai, Calcutta, Hubin, Guangzhou, Beijing, Lhasa, Dubai, Cairo, Addis Ababa, Dar Saalem, Casablanca, Tunis, in Iraq, Iran, Lapland etc. … capturing locals and their local garb… and eventually bringing all of these together as one gigantic United Nations pic or Canadian Museum of Human Rights Installation.

Q. How did jumping photos make you feel?
A:
I felt … kidlike… joyful… anxious. I love doing these jumps, been doing them all over the world since the Toyota ad days…

Q: How does joy impact your life?
A:
‘JOY’…… is contagious……… energizing…… liberating…… it’s essential to daily living……visualizing the jumping pics in itself is uplifting… bringing a smile to my face and appreciation for my life………


Q: What are you working on?
A: VANCOUVER BIENNALE

Twitter: @BarrieMowatt
Instagram: @barriemowatt
FB page: www.facebook.com/VancouverBiennale
Web: www.vancouverbiennale.com

Barrie Mowatt + Murray Nichol jumping for joy in front of the Human Structures installation by Artist Jonathan Borofsky for Vancouver Biennale. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo Project

Barrie Mowatt + Murray Nichol jumping for joy in front of the Human Structures installation by Artist Jonathan Borofsky for Vancouver Biennale. Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for joy Photo Project


MURRAY NICHOL

Q: What inspired you to jump for joy?
A:
I believe in joyful, liberating, spontaneous, uplifting experiences!

Q. Your experience doing the jumping photos?
A:
​Jumping made me feel like a kid. The entire experience was invigorating and highly entertaining. I would strongly encourage others to jump (and jump high!) and to be prepared for 100% fun! ​

Q: How does joy impact your life?
A:
I think we all need joy as human beings to feel complete. A wonderful element of joy is that it can be self-generated and available to us 24/7. A spontaneous, joyful experience can spin our habits of routine 180 degrees. I wonder how many of us experience joy, especially the uninhibited kind, on a regular basis. Another spinoff of manifesting joy for ourselves and others is that the joyful activity could very well generate more joy. Imagine: joy to the power of 1,000,000 or . . . 1 billion!

Q: What are your greatest passion in life?
A:
​Music, food, travel, Mother Nature (especially sunsets!), visual arts, intimate conversation. . . Anything that stimulates my senses!

Murray:
A:
As a member of the Vancouver Biennale Board of Directors, I am grateful for all the engaging experiences with artists, artworks, and the public. ​One joyful, smile-inducing #VanBiennale art installation is A-MAZE-ING LAUGHTER, located in Morton Park (at Davie Street and Denman Street) in the West End of Vancouver.


Twitter: ​@Murray_Nichol ​Instagram: ​@murraynichol
FB page: www.facebook.com/VancouverBiennale
www.vancouverbienanle.com

What makes you want to jump for joy? How about giving to charities that help people in need? :)

Sharing jumping joy with the community and Chimp.net at the Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival ‪#‎SummerofChange2016‬

I had the great pleasure of partnering with Chimp.net to capture the beautiful jumping joy with the community at the Khatsahlano! Music + Art Festival ‪#‎SummerofChange2016‬.

To view more of the amazing jumping joy energy that was shared, take a look at the Chimp.net blog here.

… Chimp is a charitable marketplace that connects you with the causes you care about. Give how you want, when you want. Because the choice of how you change the world is yours.

Devon Boorman + Matheus Olmedo

The joy of sword play - Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo project

The joy of sword play – Photo by Eyoalha Baker for the Jump for Joy Photo project

I met Devon Boorman is one of my fellow TEDxEastVan speakers. He came out to jump around and help share some joy recently with his friend Mathus and some swords… we all had some great laughs and got these awesome pics too.

Devon Boorman

Q: What inspired you to jump for joy?
A:
Swords and jumping just seemed like an epic idea!

Q. Your experience doing jumping photos?
A:
Even when you’re swinging a sword over your head while jumping there’s something inherently gleeful and silly about doing it. Screaming while doing it also added to the elation.

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:
A bursting and welling of energy from within radiating outward.

Q: Your greatest passion?
A:
Swordplay has been a lifelong passion of mine. I love the graceful and powerful connection I have with this slender and deadly tool. Also pitting ones skills against another in a dance that is both competitive and collaborative is an amazing experience.

Q: Your driving force?
A:
Helping others be their most excellent selves. I have always been compelled by helping others go on their most profound journeys or join me on mine.

Q: Your philosophy?
A:
Great deeds are done with baby steps. Millions of them. So set your sites, set a rhythm, and keep on keep’n on.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
I want to combine my two great loves of swordplay and dance. It’s percolating.

Q: What are you working on?
A: www.learnswordplay.comwww.devonboorman.com

About Devon:
A:
I’m a swordmaster, a coach, a dancer, a writer, a speaker, and a dreamer.

Twitter: @dboorman
Instagram: @academieduello
FB page: www.facebook.com/academieduello

Sword play joy - photo by Eyoalha For the Jump for Joy Photo project

Sword play joy – photo by Eyoalha For the Jump for Joy Photo project

Matheus Olmedo

Q: What inspired you to jump for joy?
A:
Sword fighting is a joyous activity. Doing it airborne was the natural next step.

Q. Your experience doing the jumping photos?
A:
Expectant, then awesome! Seeing how insanely cool the shots came out was very rewarding.

Q: How do you describe the feeling of joy?
A:
Completion, satisfaction, and, well… happiness.

Q: Your greatest passion?
A:
Sword fighting – the art, the skill, and the movement that comes with it are inspiring. The recreation of something so complex, and so fundamental for such a long time in our history is likewise rewarding. Plus… you get to play with swords.

Q: Your driving force?
A:
Right now? Swords – see above.

Q: Your philosophy?
A:
Hard to pin down – not sure I have a concise description of it. Mix of different ideas, in the end, hailing from all over the world.

Q: Anything in the world?
A:
I would sword fight more. At different locations, for different reasons. I can make it into travel, into work. It is just fun, this way. Am I working towards it? Kinda.

About Matheus:
A:
Been in Vancouver for over a decade, hailing from all over South America. I’m a mechanical engineer, but sword fight for a living. I find that that is, in itself, one of the most astounding things I could ever have dreamed of.

En guard!  Photo by Eyoalha for the Jump for Joy Photo project

En guard!
Photo by Eyoalha for the Jump for Joy Photo project

Respect, joy, love and kindness are a cycle too and they need our attention.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

My heart gets heavy with the weight of hate and violence felt and experienced, every day, all around the world. Sadly, fear, retaliation and hatred has been taught and passed on generation, after generation and history repeats itself again and again.

Still, I choose to focus on the good in human hearts. I choose to focus on the successes, acceptance, peace, kindness, understanding and compassion that also happens, every single day, all around the world.

I will never experience first hand the oppression, violence and hatred directed towards other peoples races, looks, cultures, religious ideologies, and sexual orientations. I can not know any other experience than my own. But, I do have a deep capacity for empathy and compassion. I do share in the suffering of my human family whatever they look like, think or do.

I have experienced white privilege and experienced the pain and suffering inhered from an Indigenous (actually… multi-mixed race, including African American) family oppressed and nearly destroyed by colonization.

I have never killed, raped, been violent or oppressed another human. Yet I carry deep shame, guilt and have felt responsible for the pain and suffering of others because of the colour of my skin and the blood in my veins… ashamed of who I am because of the colour of my skin and the blood in my veins.

This pain, guilt and shame does not make the world a better place. This energy does not help others feel better about themselves, it does not keep people safe or help the world in any way.

I / we (all skin tones, cultures, religions etc.) have the power to change this violent, hateful history that keeps repeating itself. We have the power within, to question what we’ve been taught, to reflect on our actions/ inactions, our words and experiences. It takes ongoing self reflection, inner work, it takes courage, it takes forgiveness and understanding. It is a commitment to being a better person, to uplifting ourselves and others. I work on it every day of my life and I don’t always get it right, but I keep trying to do better.

History has shown us that hate, fear and violence are a cycle. Respect, joy, love and kindness are a cycle too and they need our attention. Even with a heavy heart, I will not let hate and fear extinguish the joy and love in my heart. I want to do more to make the world a more joyful, safer place… starting with myself, with every action and decision I make.

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” – Nelson Mandela