Looking for clever, curious folx

Sift. Shift. Lift. introduces you and other likeminded readers to the work of academics, artists and activists digging up forgotten, and often horrible, histories, and then bringing them into the light. Engaging your head, your heart and your hands in the struggle, one wicked problem at a time.

The Monthly Sift. Shift. Lift.

Once a month, I send out a carefully curated newsletter.

  • Together, we sift through research and rhetoric to get to the root of an issue.

  • We check out art and artists (visual artists, filmmakers, playwrights, musicians and writers) whose work just might shift our awareness, biases, and assumptions.

  • Finally, we consider what we can do to lift up people and organizations striving to transform themselves and our world through compassionate action.

The Weekly Sift. Shift. Lift.

I can’t cover it all in The Monthly so I created The Weekly, a bite-sized email with just three links highlighting the responses of an academic (or journalist), an artist, and an activist (or grassroots organization) to one of the many wicked problems facing us today.

Mark your calendar. The first issue of The Weekly hits inboxes Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

Sifting, shifting, and lifting with . . .

Finally, I am thrilled to launch a new weekly profile featuring clever, curious, compassionate folx who are digging deep, making changes, and lifting up others.

The first profile launches Sunday, August 1, 2021.

Interested? Then sign up now. We’ll email each issue to you. (You may even win a prize.)

Not ready to subscribe? That’s okay. You can check out past and current issues anytime online. No subscription required.

To find out more about me, the writer/curator behind Sift. Shift. Lift., visit my website.


Shelley Marie Motz
Writer & witness living and learning on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. Photo by Dean Kalyan