carla bergman is a producer, writer and filmmaker who spends much of her time causing trouble with her partner, kids and friends in east Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is co-director of EMMA Talks, a speakers series by women. carla was previously the director of the Purple Thistle — a youth run arts and activism centre. She continues this important work as a community organizer, administrator and consultant supporting youth initiatives under the Thistle Institute. She has worked for over 15 years with youth creating projects, mentoring, facilitating workshops and making a variety of publications. carla co-founded the art and activist publication RAIN, worked with car free day Vancouver as a core organizer and co-founded the Thistle Institute, an alternative to university, in 2011. carla has joyful threads in many other initiatives and projects near and far, with incredible artists, thinkers and activist. She is wrapping up her first Film in fall 2015, Common Notions: Handbook Not Required, about the Thistle and Youth Liberation. carla was one of the editors of the AK Press book: Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook For Youth, and is currently working on a book about Joy.