ONE WORD TO CHANGE THE WORLD
One word to change the world… One word to change the world is a tall order. But in these challenging times, amidst economic, political, humanitarian, and environmental crises, tall orders might just be the new normal.
Doing their part to transform this difficult present into a possible future, young student artists, thinkers and leaders from Montreal’s anglophone universities were invited to choose a word that packs the potential for transformative change—from the community level to a global scale—and to speak to the possibilities it holds.
It was a big ask. And we’re thrilled to share their answers.
Watch their videos!
(G L O W Z I)
One word: IMAGINATION
One word: HUMAN
One word: UNIVERSALITY
One word: RESPECT
(G L O W Z I)
G L O W Z I is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tiohtià:ke (“Montreal”). From painting to digital drawing and music production, the artist always lets her curiosity guide her through the vast and majestic art world. Through her artistic pieces and performances, G L O W Z I explores various themes such as Blackness, power and nostalgia. By representing her ways of thinking, struggles, successes and failures through her pieces, the multidisciplinary artist transports anyone whose eyes meet her creations to her funky artistic world.
Farhana Jumki Haque is a student at Concordia University, currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Educational Technology. She did her Bachelor’s degree in SCPA (School of Community and Public Affairs) and Political Science. Born in Dubai, U.A.E, Haque grew up in Tiohtià:ke / Montréal, her origin being Bangladesh. She can speak Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, English and French. Haque is community-driven and at the same time she believes in the power of one. She has been involved in disability rights, healthcare accessibility, immigrant justice, mental health advocacy, youth empowerment, etc. From her past and present involvement, Haque has learned and continues to learn to be more human.
Juliette Näveke is a student in English Literature at McGill, focusing on postcolonialism and the commodification of literature. Though she is French and German, she has been in love with Montreal since she moved here. In the current lockdown, she spends most of her time knitting, crafting, or reading.
Kiana Picanco is currently majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Film Studies at Concordia University. Kiana’s interests includes creating films that intertwine with mental health problems as well as struggles that most people are too afraid to speak up about. Her goal is to one day create a coming of age moving image that focuses on the struggles that biracial teenagers face.