DIGITAL HANDLOOM is a communications and community engagement practice in Vancouver, Canada.
Manjot Bains / Partner + Communications Consultant
Manjot wrote and illustrated her first work of fiction about underwater time travel when she was in Grade 5. It remains unpublished. Since then, Manjot's writing has appeared in a number of corporate, online and creative publications, including Geist Magazine. She has worked as a communications professional for over ten years, specializing in corporate communications, web content strategy, and copywriting.
In 2010, Manjot co-founded jugnistyle.com, an online lifestyle magazine with a focus on South Asian arts, culture and fashion. As the Editorial Director of Jugni Style, she has interviewed and written a number of short and long-form profiles of interesting people and topics, and is also the producer of The Nameless Collective Podcast, which has been featured on CBC and Walrus Magazine (forthcoming issue). Manjot is fond of watching international dramas on Netflix, discussing politics, and reading race theory.
Naveen Girn / Partner + Community Engagement Consultant
Naveen Girn is a community engagement specialist and curator whose work centres on intercultural dialogue, storytelling and community engagement strategies. Naveen brings best practices in engagement to organizations seeking to connect with constituents, staff and communities. He applies these strategies to storytelling projects, exhibitions, workshops, and public forums. He co-curated the award-winning Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story (2011) at the Museum of Vancouver, and Spectacular Sangeet (2013) at the Surrey Art Gallery. In 2014, Naveen was Project Manager for the Komagata Maru 1914-2014: Generations, Geographies and Echoes project that brought together eight institutions across Metro Vancouver to collaboratively commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Komagata Maru.
Naveen is currently the Director of Community Outreach for the City of Vancouver's Mayor's Office, and is co-host of The Nameless Collective Podcast. Naveen often speaks at public events and to the media about intercultural dialogue, storytelling, and community engagement.