Who We Are
Peter Pula, Founder & CEO
Peter Pula cites the Axiom News mission statement, "to co-create a life-giving news network for a renewed and thriving world," when asked about what excites him most about his work.
To this he adds the deeper impact the company is now having by hosting and facilitating community conversations, as part of an even more generative cycle of convening and storytelling.
A pioneer of grassroots, community-engaged journalism Peter thrives on being at the intersection of organizational movements. "We get to see new things developing," he says. "There are fantastic, meaningful workplaces out there, based in trust and transparency, with a desire to make a difference."
Their values and practices can lead to a new way ahead for society in general, and the voices of their team members need to be heard, worldwide. "Our intention is to bring their narratives out into the open."
In recent years, Peter has been heartened to see generative journalism — a practice created by Axiom News — become more accepted by mainstream media. In 2012 and 2014 he delivered generative journalism workshops in Europe, and in 2014 he addressed the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany.
"We become what we behold," Peter says. "Media has a tremendous impact, but all too often its worldview is critical, skeptical, degenerative. When mainstream media apply a more generative and constructive approach to their work it makes a huge difference."
As to working at Axiom, Peter says: "We starve our problems and feed our strengths and successes. When something goes differently than we would have liked we just take that as a nudge to do something differently. It’s like living in an oasis when you stay focused on what's working."
Contact Peter: 705-741-4421 ext. 28 or peter(at)axiomnews.com.
Michelle Strutzenberger, Connector, Curator & Codifier
Michelle Strutzenberger aims to lift up the gifts and possibilities of community through her work as
a connector, particularly in social media, curator and codifier with Axiom News.
Besides winding through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, sharing, connecting and finding treasures to curate, she is dedicated to finding new ways to illuminate what the Axiom News team has learned, gathered, and accomplished over the years.
Michelle has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist with Axiom News. She's most grateful for the incredible people she's had the privilege of encountering through this work.
Contact Michelle: 705-741-4421 ext. 27 or michelle(at)axiomnews.com.
Yvonne Hollandy, Graphic Designer
"This is not an average company," says Yvonne Hollandy, Axiom News' graphic designer.
"We are part of a movement. I feel motivated by actually making a difference. I was concerned that in my line of work as a designer I would be involved in non-meaningful work."
Making a difference creates team camaraderie. Everyone is open to ideas, and anyone can put anything on the table and never feel put off, Yvonne says.
She likes the humanity and flexibility of the Axiom environment.
"Flexibility creates balance and means there is no resentment towards work," says Yvonne. "I am able to take care of things both personally and professionally. I can focus on what I'm doing wherever I am."
Contact Yvonne: 705-741-4421 ext. 22 or yvonne(at)axiomnews.com.
Deron Hamel, Generative Journalist
Deron Hamel came to Axiom News with deep experience as a writer and advocacy journalist. He values the freedom he has found at Axiom to pursue his genuine interest in what people are doing.
"It took me awhile to get accustomed to it. I'm empowered and trusted to find my own way. I invented my own role," he says.
"We have a supportive team and we can bounce ideas off of each other. I work best with a change of scenery, so I work from home and at the office. It's great."
In June 2012, Deron was honoured with Community Living Peterborough’s Media Award of Excellence for articles advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities.
In 2013, Deron’s work with an advocacy agency for people with epilepsy drew attention to a serious medication shortage that put epilepsy sufferers at risk. Collaborating with the agency, he helped provide a communications strategy to alert the epilepsy community, with potentially lifesaving results.
In addition to his work at Axiom, Deron's writing has appeared in online and print publications in Canada, the United States and the UK, including CBC News, Sun Media, American Metal Market magazine and The Public Ledger.
"I would like to see Axiom News move into new sectors. I'd like to work with more companies doing innovative things," Deron says.
Contact Deron: 705-741-4421 ext. 23 or deron(at)axiomnews.com.
Natalie Hamilton, Generative Journalist & Photojournalist
Natalie Hamilton recalls a quick turning point, just after she started at Axiom News.
"A long-term care home we write for suffered a tragedy with one of its residents. The CEO called us. We had stories up in a couple of hours before the mainstream press had a chance to respond.
"Our stories were a tribute to the resident and identified the transparency of the home in dealing with the situation."
"There is nothing like Axiom News out there," she says. "We teach organizations about themselves through the news and sometimes also help them handle tough times."
Natalie has richly enjoyed developing specialized knowledge in areas such as health care, and helping to educate clients and communities.
She also appreciates the opportunity to work both independently and as part of a supportive team with similar values.
Contact Natalie: 647-980-4278 or natalie(at)axiomnews.com.
Ben Wolfe, New Kid and Resident Poet
Ben Wolfe joined the Axiom News team in 2014. He brings a deep engagement in the transition narrative and 25 years of varied experience in communications as a vehicle for community-building and social change.
As founder and creative director of his own small graphic design and communications business, focused on the environment, the arts, health and community development, Ben won national, regional and local awards. He has worked as a daily newspaper reporter/photographer, columnist, and writer, editor and designer of a wide range of print and online publications.
Ben is the past director of communications of both local and national NGOs, most recently the Canadian Unitarian Council. He is a co-founder of Peterborough Green-Up, a hands-on, solutions-oriented local environmental action project, now in its 23rd year.
A man of a mysterious and unlikely combination of skills, Ben is a writer/editor, our WordPress designer, a master of the Adobe Creative Cloud, calls a mean square dance, sings bass in local choirs, and has paddled 10,000 km of northern rivers. In most months he reads both Rumi and Terry Pratchett, and he would like to enjoy a fine Belgian beer with you if you do the same. Few know that he is a published poet.
His degree is in environmental studies, with a focus on sustainable development at the municipal level.
Contact Ben: 705-741-4421 ext. 29 or ben(at)axiomnews.com.
Amber Pula, Videographer
Strengths-Based Stories Key to Massive Transformation
Axiom News produced this video to share at the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference, which took place April 25-28 in Belgium. Learn why Axiom has adopted Appreciative Inquiry principles and practices in its journalism. Axiom team members share how discovering and sharing strengths-based stories within partner organizations leads to transformation.