Scott Payne

Scott Payne

Scott Payne has been involved in politics and political activism in some fashion for the past decade ranging from work on poverty issues, increasing accessibility to education, increasing voter participation, and promoting energy efficiency and environmental issues. Currently, Scott is largely focused on defining embodying a more vibrant sense of citizenship and civic engagement in Calgary, Alberta.

In addition to his work with Beams and Struts, Scott is a fellow with the Canadian Council for Democracy, writing at the Council's site the Commons on Canadian politics and culture. Scott also writes about political issues at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen where he is a contributor and founding member.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 16:25

That Saying About Pictures and Words...

You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words. Well, this picture left me speechless this morning. 
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 16:54

What If The News Went Like This...

What if you sat down for your nightly does of news and current events and saw something like this. Think you'd tune in more often?
Sunday, 02 September 2012 03:24

The Crescendo

A look at the use of crescendos in music and what they might just do for us spiritually.
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 20:00

Watching Your Words

Why continuing to clean up some of your less than inclusive childhood slang is about more than just political correctness.
On August 22, 2011, Canada was gripped by the death of federal political leader Jack Layton. What does the message Layton left us mean one year later? 
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 21:10

Everyone Likes A Guy In A Bikini

A look at the latest viral internet video and how it manages to upend some of the dominant myths of modern life.
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:35

Intelligent Doesn't Mean Nice

What does Stephen Hawking have to say about alien life?
Ever wonder why your fingers and toes "wrinkle" after being in water for a while? Here's an answer that is more intellectually satisfying than, "Just 'cuz."
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:13

The Best Political Ad I've Ever Seen

Why are most political advertisements so bad and what makes for a great one?
What is social swarming and how is it effecting our world?
Saturday, 07 July 2012 19:08

What Global Warming Really Looks Like

Think the effects of climate change are something we'll feel in the future?
Saturday, 30 June 2012 04:35

Nature Is Cool, That Is All - Volume 2

When was the last time you sat and just watched clouds float by?
Here are some of Beams and Struts favourite picks for Undead songs.
Friday, 18 May 2012 15:21

Four Of My Favourite Movie Endings

  A good ending can make or break a work of art. Here are four that blew my mind.
  What story does the new Obama campaign video and slogan, "Forward", tell the country?
Sunday, 29 April 2012 02:55

The Politics of Hope

Can something as simple and cliched as hope transform our politics, and thereby our world?
Friday, 27 April 2012 16:43

Why George Lucas Is My Spiritual Mother

  Think that the only worthwhile thing that George Lucas ever gave us was Star Wars? Think again.
  What if the financial sector was a democratic space. Would we have had the sort of melt down that occurred in 2008?
  What does the coming battle over the latest piece of US legislation to police the internet, CISPA, tell us about the SOPA victory?
Saturday, 07 April 2012 03:43

Story #4

  As he turned the corner, the subtle feeling of dampness against his face surprised him. Almost like waking from an elusively active slumber.
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