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Tilted Windmills

Vancouver, Canada

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We're a social justice initiative that celebrates wellness, creativity and collaboration, with a focus on gender, disability and minority rights.

We're a social justice initiative that celebrates wellness, creativity and collaboration, with a focus on gender, disability and minority rights.

Tilted Windmills is, of course, a reference to Miguel De Cervantes’ classic adventure book Don Quixote. The story follows its eponymous hero, drunk on chivalric romance books, as he travels the Spanish countryside aiming to re-awaken the chivalric code of behaviour and fight for social justice wherever he goes. During his travels with his skeptical sidekick Sancho Panza, Quixote arrives at a field, where he sees not windmills but an army of enemy giants and vows to slay them all.

Don Quixote is portrayed throughout as a delusional, comical madman, but what if we re-imagine this story from a different vantage point: What if those windmills really do represent oversized obstacles thrown in our hero’s knightly path to thwart his noble mission? What if his courageous fight against them is about fearlessly facing down the giants that try to block his way to building a more just world?

Some may say that striving for – and believing in – a just world is a fool’s errand. Maybe it is. But here at Tilted Windmills we believe it’s a fool’s errand worth pursuing – and one that could benefit from a bit of madness along the way. In our experience, we have found that the best things in life often demand a leap of imagination, Don Quixote-style. We invite you to take that leap with us.