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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Fight for Tomorrow Today. Youth Advisory Council Election.



Youth Election Videos: http://youtu.be/hsVjI20F9Lc
Facebook Event and Support Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/227418305608

VOTE ONLINE: March 6th-15th at http://LYAC.ca
*Only those with a London, Ontario address will be eligible to vote.

>The City of London, Ontario, Canada has put forth a new idea of creating a Youth Advisory Council of 13 15-25 year olds. Those running are selected by through  online voting, March 6th-15th. Once elected, the 13 youth will take part in having their voice heard in decision making processes happening in London's future. <

That said, several youth within the Paradigm Shift Community will be doing their part to secure a place on the council. Please assist in this pivotal moment in the history of Paradigm Shift London by adding your voice to the conversation and voting online..

"You(th) must be the change You(th) want to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

Brendon: http://youtu.be/hsVjI20F9Lc
Jessica: http://youtu.be/zw4GleslbQI
Rebecca: http://youtu.be/Y7P8Jte8Xjs
Elliot: http://youtu.be/fNQyouLj1UE
Derek: http://youtu.be/Lh6IziAzZqg

Brendon Culliton

Much of what I want to see is not something that can be measured, but rather something that is experienced.  I want to see change not just in the way we live, but in the way we think. I want to see change through the development of healthier habits and memes within culture. I want to inspire people to inspire other people. I want them to choose to care about the choices they are making in their life. I want to stand up in the fight against apathy. I want younger kids to put down their iPhones and pick up a paintbrush. I want to encourage and foster the shift in awareness… the awareness of our connection to reality and our ability to create within it.

We as humans have so much more potential then we are lead to believe. The reason we are not open to this is a result of the environment we are in. If we can alter our environment overtime, then we will change the way we live, and ultimately the way we see ourselves. I am here to fight for the generations who will follow us. Lets work to change the system from within. Yes this is a revolution, but it is a revolution of consciousness.

At the top of my list for tangible goals to accomplish as part of the council is to assist in getting fluoride out of the city’s water. Many people are adamantly against fluoride and I think this is a conversation that needs to be continued. There are many concerning things relating to fluoride that I have read through my own research – such as how back in the day scientist were paid off to fabricate results. How essentially fluoride is little more than waste product from nuclear industry’s uranium refinement and other sites.  A lot of people understand that fluoride is corrosive and detrimental to the body and mind, but there are many who have little awareness of it at all. It is also concerning that the act of putting fluoride in the water is no different than a doctor giving someone ‘medication’ without their permission – this is a form of malpractice on a grand scale. So for the sake of the generations to come, I am going to do what I can to have the fluoride issue reevaluated and eventually removed from our water.
As community, we are privileged to have this unique opportunity within our wonderful city. It is good for youth to learn the political process how it is now, and give them a chance to interact and lead the decision-making processes of the future. I am confident in my abilities as a leader, and I feel my voice will add a valuable addition to the council. It is my intention to help facilitate the collective growth of our community on the micro and on the macro scale. This is an experience I am grateful to embrace.

“All my will is bent on change.
The universe is ours to rearrange.
Follow my lead and in fact you will see;
You create your own reality.
Concentrate on the shifting tides.
Recombinant the recurring mind.
A way to dislocate and reinvent time.
To reinterpret the cosmic paradigm.
Open your eyes to reclaim your prize.”

About Brendon:
Over the past few years I have been keeping myself pretty busy. Foremost, I completed production of If I Should Fall (www.IfIShouldFall.com), my first feature length award-winning, documentary. The film is the true story about 22-year old Trooper Marc Diab who was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device while in Afghanistan. It is a film about the tragedy of loss, the importance of remembrance, and the spirit of hope. On November 11th 2011, I arranged a free showing for the public at the Wolf Performance Hall – it was very well received. The film is currently available on DVD and can be purchased through the website. Proceeds go towards The Marc Diab Children’s Foundation and the Military Families Fund.

So needless to say, this film is a part of who I am and something I am proud of. It reflects my creative potential as an artist and my benevolent desire to help others. Though before production of this film even began, I was already busy creating the foundations of what is now Paradigm Shift London (www.ParadigmShiftLondon.com). Being a youth, I like to think like one. Growing up I had a curiosity about reality that was not being satisfied within common public spheres. After spending a lot of time doing my own research, learning stuff, getting into yoga, and spending time in Vancouver for a school internship, I eventually created Paradigm Shift as a club in Fanshawe College in 2009. I created it in order to find other youth in London who shared my curiosity and to practice talking about stuff as a group. Today, I describe Paradigm Shift London as “a youth initiated community that encourages open-mindedness, healthy living, and the evolution of consciousness.”

Through Paradigm Shift I have made many good friends and met many future leaders– people who genuinely care about living and want to make the world a better place.  Recently in January, I represented youth as part of a panel discussion about the future at The Inspirational Expo 2012 here in London and also gave a separate 20 min talk.  A video of this can be seen here > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jwHt08ZO94

In addition to other documentary projects I am working on, I am also doing ongoing video journalism in association with Paradigm Shift under the pseudonym Skull Babylon. (www.SkullBabylon.blogspot.com). To get more of an idea of who I am, feel free to check out the numerous videos I have put up thus far and keep and eye open for the many more in the future.

My hobbies include: Hockey, Parkour, PC Gaming, Poetry, Yoga, Meditation, Going Pro, The Skill, DA GAIMZ, Skateboarding, and Choosing to be the change I wish to see.


Inspirational Talk - What is Paradigm Shift London?

Brendon Culliton representing Paradigm Shift London at The Inspirational Expo 2012- talking about the origins of PSL, personal experience, insights, the future, and more. London, Ontario, Canada.

Aspire to inspire.

Paradigm Shift London: A youth initiated community focused on promoting open-mindedness, healthy living, and the evolution of consciousness.