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Josh Bowman

Comedian, blogger

Josh Bowman is a professional fundraiser, story-teller, comedian, and blogger. He has worked and consulted in Vancouver, New York, and now Toronto for almost a decade.

Josh also runs and writes for, and improvises around Toronto, including regular shows with Opening Night Theatre.

Dear Rush: In Canada, We Take Care of Our "Sluts"

My sister is in San Francisco, and my family is from all over California. Their health and basic reproductive freedoms are in the hands of legislators and pundits. As I watch and read the heated rhetoric right now in the U.S., it makes me realize that this debate will never go anywhere while it is framed ideologically.
03/05/2012 05:11 EST

Ten Things To Know About Non-Profits

A non-profit executive's salary should be at least somewhat commensurate to a similar position in the private sector, all things being equal, in order to attract talent and ultimately benefit the organization. At the same time, there are also reasonable limits, beyond which a salary becomes outrageous given the organization's need.
02/02/2012 03:30 EST

10 Things I've Learned From DJing

Play stuff the crowd likes. Seriously. I mean, you should like it too, but don't just play whatever random glitchy-indie-non-rhythmic song you are into. "Did you hear this new Death Bears record? It's great! The time signature switches every four bars and there's no singing... just alarm clocks ringing."
01/30/2012 12:11 EST

Ten Things I've Learned From Christopher Hitchens

When Christopher Hitchens was diagnosed with cancer, he could have turned to religion. He could have renounced his atheism to find comfort or solace in the notion of heaven or forgiveness. That he maintained his commitment during a period of such personal struggle shows a remarkable intellectual rigour.
12/16/2011 10:30 EST

Ten Things I've Learned From Bullies

Bullying is not just the territory of the biggest and strongest. A bully is someone who can create and abuse power in a relationship. Your boss can be a bully. Someone you are dating. The bullying is in the constant threat of violence and the power dynamics at play.
12/01/2011 09:11 EST

10 Things I've Learned From Veterans and War Objectors

I don't think you can know what it is like to make a decision until you have had to make that decision yourself. I don't know what it would be like to pull the trigger of a gun and take a life. I don't know what it would be like to flee my country as a refugee or a political dissident.
11/10/2011 07:35 EST

10 Things I've Learned From Steve Jobs

Some people hate Apple, and it is mostly based on how much other people love Apple. Apple products engender strong feelings, one way or the other. Any company can do this, though. It just requires that you take a chance upsetting some people and focus on what you love.
10/06/2011 05:40 EDT

10 Things I've Learned From Craig Kielburger

It's probably better to be optimistic than pessimistic. Being optimistic gives you the passion and drive to keep fighting an uphill battle, even if you aren't seeing results. It's harder, but it's better for you and the world around you.
09/29/2011 09:03 EDT

10 Things I've Learned From 9/11

1. I remember waking up and going to work on Sept. 11, 2001. At the time I was working at a call centre for a growing company with franchises throughout the U.S. The lines were almost dead, and we wer...
09/12/2011 04:00 EDT

10 Things I've Learned From Usain Bolt

It must be agonizing to be disqualified from a race before it begins because of a false start. Maybe at that level you should know better... but then again, maybe the rules should be designed to encourage true competition.
08/30/2011 09:59 EDT

10 Things I've Learned From Jack Layton

More and more, Canadian politics are about personality and who is the face of the party. I worry about the NDP now that such a strong and sharply defined leader is gone.
08/25/2011 10:33 EDT