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The Dots is a series of intimate and honest conversations hosted by digital strategist, speaker and entrepreneur Kathleen Buczko. Kathleen interviews artists, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and changemakers who talk about how they connect the dots and bring things together for their communities, companies and themselves for a better life.

Feb 20, 2018

Alison Donaghey thinks opposite. She encourages people to question the status quo and apply their own critical thinking to improve not only their world but the world. Alison is a speaker and facilitator and she will challenge the way you think about your relationship with the status quo. She has an unusual way of viewing the world, business, and life. She is also a thought strategist and author of “Think Opposite.”

Alison Donaghey has always been a critical thinker. She used to think that made her more of an annoyance than an asset. In the process of starting her house-painting company, Sonshine Girls Painting, she realized that critical thinking is an asset and used it more and more. That put her on a fast track to becoming one of the best-known companies in the industry. In a few years, she went from a single mom on welfare to making over six figures.

Alison’s commitment to critical thinking prompted her to start another business, Domino Thinking, which challenges people to think about what they think about. As an author, speaker, and strategist, she encourages people to question the status quo and apply their own critical thinking to improve not only their world but the world.

Those who work with Alison and hear her speak always say the same things. "I never thought of it that way,” and "Wow. I can see how that would be a better way.” We are in a dangerous place of information overload and limited time to process it so we jump to easy answers with scary ramifications. Alison contends we are naturally critical thinkers and it is time to reconnect with that so we can create positive change.

Alison has been fortunate enough to create a life that allows her to travel – alone or with her son – and learn from other cultures. She’s a big fan of trying everything once, be it skydiving, eating crickets, bungee jumping, white water rafting, or walking with lions. Not everything bears a second try, but it’s hard to have regrets if everything is tried at least once.

Alison currently lives on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of British Columbia, in a house she designed and living a life she is constantly redesigning. Life is good.

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