About Drawing Wisdom

Drawing Wisdom is a reflection of the relational aspect of our team's work: it is always growing and changing while we strive to represent the needs and strengths of the community in a good way.

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Vision & Process

Communities Lead. We Follow.

Our workshop process is to listen deeply, and then offer our tools to communities. Combining their experience with ours creates respectful outcomes that continue to live in the community.

Story & Place At The Centre

This process is flexible and sustainable. Our workshops may be stand-alone or part of ongoing projects. We provide a video team, facilitators, and other expertise, and we travel to communities at their request. We honour community members as experts in their own lives while representing them as role models. The community makes decisions on their content, and what materials are used and made public from this process, and the tools they want to use to evaluate their projects.

“When projects go into communities, it gives people a chance to shine. When we have our voices heard and our messages heard, we become leaders.”

Jada-Gabrielle Pape

Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations, Hello Cool World

Drawing Wisdom & Hello Cool World

Nothing about you, without you is a value we hold dear.

Hello Cool World is a full-service award-winning creative agency. The Drawing Wisdom initiative has come directly out of our work with the communities we serve, and our desire to grow impacts within Indigenous communities through culturally safe methods. When invited, we offer our tools to communities. Combining their experience with ours creates respectful outcomes that continue to live in the community.

We offer a capacity building model and a platform to support many projects and partnerships.

Tools for Wellness

A grassroots momentum-building creative approach

At the end of each workshop, communities not only have a story, they have a plan.

Our video and design team work with groups to create and launch their story-based campaign. Our online tools help share the project, promote discussion, and measure impact. By removing isolation through the power of the web and social media, and providing a means for dialogue to inspire action, we believe health and wellness outcomes will improve in communities.

The collective wisdom that emerges will help communities implement wellness approaches with their own indicators of well-being, on their own terms.

Support Grassroots Distribution

Drawing Wisdom works with Peers as we engage in community-style distribution. Support our grassroots model, which will include a community tour of "HIV: Healing Inner Voices" and a virtual launch of "Down Town Stories."