David Ball, 2014 Guest Facilitator

david sp best-smDavid, is a multimedia journalist with a passion for creative nonfiction and investigative reporting.

His more than 15 years of published writing includes chapters in several anthologies, including Extract: The Pipeline Wars and Writing From the Red Zone: Voices of the Anti-Globalization Movement.

He is currently Staff Reporter at The Tyee, an award-winning independent online magazine that aims “to inform and enliven the democratic conversation necessary to improve environmental, economic and social conditions.” His reporting has also appeared in Briarpatch Magazine, This Magazine, 24 Hours, Xtra!, Windspeaker, Indian Country Today Media Network, and Canadian Dimension.

His reporting has been recognized with the Jack Webster Foundation community news award (2013), and co-winner of the Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence award with The Vancouver Observer.

David has written across many reporting beats, from politics to arts reviews, as well as social movements, business, Indigenous issues, economics and the environment. His extensive reporting on missing and murdered Indigenous women, police brutality against LGBTQ, and opposition to the tarsands also saw his work three-times shortlisted for the prestigious Canadian Association of Journalists community reporting award (2011, 2012, 2013).

In 2005-6, he lived in Lebanon, where he reported from across the Middle East region and was a correspondent during the 2006 Israeli invasion.

He also has experience in popular education, workshop facilitation and transformative community processes, including Theatre of the Oppressed (Boal Institute intensive in Lebanon), facilitating privilege and anti-oppression workshops, creative visioning and planning sessions, and developing workshops for high schools and university students.

David’s website is http://davidpball.com/.