Liisa Atva
Liisa Atva is a freelance writer based in Richmond, B.C. Canada. She is passionate about travel, business, volunteering, and sharing those experiences through her writing. Her "word journeys" have appeared in various Canadian and American publications.

Entries by Liisa Atva

Beyond Palm Springs: Four Adventures In Four Days

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2016 | 4:39 PM

We piled into our rented white Chrysler 300 -- a lowrider -- and drove towards the sunset. On our left the San Bernardino Mountains, dusky in daylight, blushed with red borrowed from the sky. "Look a roadrunner!" yelled a voice from the back. "Beep beep!" said another. We were four...

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Consumers As Co-creators: A Million-Dollar Idea

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 1:17 PM

Photo credit: Gert Altman

Space archeologist Sarah Parcak, the 2016 winner of the $1 million TED Prize, needs millions more pairs of eyes. The TED prize is awarded annually to a leader with a powerful, creative idea that can spark...

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How To Gamify Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 9:16 AM

I like reality TV, especially American Idol. I've heard the negative comments: "Reality TV rots people's brains" and "For many, reality television is the lowest form of entertainment, an insult to our collective intelligence." I don't agree. Not only do I enjoying watching contestants "sing for their lives,"...

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Santa Monica: Coney Island Meets Rodeo Drive

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 1:36 PM


When my sister suggested a week in Los Angeles I hesitated. I wasn't a fan of mega cities - the crowds, the noise, and the traffic - and I'd done LA's popular attractions - Disneyland, Hollywood and Universal Studios - a few times....

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The Art Of Deliberately Leaking Corporate Secrets

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 4:20 PM

After watching a James Bond movie with my then nine-year-old, I mentioned that I'd once applied to be a spy. His eyes widened. "You mean you were almost a spy?" he asked. "Well, if I was, I couldn't tell you," I teased. "Maybe when I say I'm going to Toronto...

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Sowing The Seeds Of Startups

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 2:09 PM

"It's going to be a really cool class and the best part is that the winning group gets $100,000 to start their business!" said my son. In his second year at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business he'd signed up for a class in entrepreneurship. In groups of...

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How Gamification Can Transform Business Processes

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 5:12 PM

Cheers erupt from the living room where half a dozen teenaged boys are gathered in front of the TV. "Yes! What a goal! That was sweet!" Poking my head in, I ask, "Did the Canucks just make the playoffs?" They laugh. "Mom, it's NHL 15, a video game," my son...

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