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About GLOBAL ISLAND

GLOBAL ISLAND is a global voice with a Canadian heart, mind and soul. We live, work, help, share and teach from our homebase on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. We are an educational thinktank dedicated to sharing Canada’s values through educational initiatives, social learning and connective technology. 

We believe that 21 of the most important Canadian values are: 

  1. Accountability
  2. Activism
  3. Dialogue
  4. Democracy
  5. Diversity
  6. Equity
  7. Freedom
  8. Global citizenship
  9. Health Care
  10. Human Rights
  11. Inclusivity
  12. Integrity
  13. Justice
  14. Knowledge
  15. Openmindedness
  16. Prosperity
  17. Public Service
  18. Security
  19. Sustainability
  20. Transparency
  21. Universal Education

Our mission is 1) to be a global voice for Canadian values and 2) to deliver sustainable adult education through elearning, social learning, social media, classroom learning, organized events and collaborative pedagogy. 

We also support open education and open education resources (OE/OER) and share our knowledge and resources sustainably. 

Our tags are #LearnToBeFree, #DigitalLiteracyManifesto and #GlobalIslandEducation 

Find out how to join us and share your voice!

Contact: Garth@Globalisland.ca


About Garth von Buchholz

  • Garth von Buchholz, BA, CUA, is a Canadian author, educator, journalist, blogger and social strategist. He has worked across the private sector in small business and industry as well as in all levels of the public service in Canada.
  • Garth is a certified usability analyst, certified Internet business strategist and certified social media marketer. He has authored non-fiction books such as Setting Up a New Media Business in Canada (2009), many books of short fiction, poetry and drama, as well as hundreds of articles and reviews in newspapers and magazines. In 2010, he was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Content Strategists (#16) at the San Diego LavaCon.
  • Garth has facilitated communications and digital media courses in advanced education programs at universities in Manitoba and British Columbia. He currently teaches social media strategy at Royal Roads University. In 2019, Garth was listed by eLearning Industry as one of the Top 10 Thought Leaders and an “established influencer on educational content.”
  • Garth has travelled in Canada, the U.S., China and South America, and now lives with his family in Victoria, B.C., on beautiful Vancouver Island.

Publications

Books

Social Apperception (author), 2020

Start-up: Setting Up a New Media Business in Canada & Teacher’s Guide (author), Cultural Human Resources Council, 2008

157 Tips for Improving eLearning Design
(contributor), The eLearning Guild, 2017

The Encyclopedia of Manitoba (contributor), Great Plains Publications, 2007

Fast Facts on Drugs (author), Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, 1997
Fast Facts on Alcohol (author), Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, 1995

Online

eLearningIndustry.com

InformIT

New York Journal of Books

PeachPit Press

TechVibes

Globe Technology (The Globe and Mail)

Thomson New Media (Thomson Reuters)
Internet Today column (1997-2000)

Podcasts

Social Media Strategy: Interview With Garth von Buchholz by Raaj Chandron (2019)

Magazines/Newspapers

Boulevard Magazine

Douglas Magazine

Maclean’s

The Globe and Mail

Winnipeg Free Press