Rob Wipond.0561smalla Rob Wipond has been a freelance writer of magazine features, news articles, political commentaries, social satires, musical theatre and performance art for over two decades. He’s written about dumpsites, banks, consciousness research, prostitution, privacy implications of new technologies, sadomasochism, health care, toxic waste, international political economy, infomercials, psychedelic drugs, mental health laws and many other topics which hover between the intensely personal and the broadly political. His stand-up political rock comedy with Allen Both, “When I’m Big”, ventured into such venues as Toronto’s famed El Mocambo and Bamboo Club. CBC Radio Sunday Showcase/Monday Night Playhouse produced his satirical play, “Gypsy Moth”. His writings have appeared in Adbusters, Chatelaine, Explore, Monday Magazine, Queens Quarterly and MAD. He has been a regular columnist and feature writer on community issues for Victoria’s monthly magazine Focus and a contributor to the science and psychiatry online community Mad In America. Along the way, he’s been nominated for three National Magazine Awards, nine Western Magazine Awards, and five Jack Webster Awards for journalism. He won a WMA for business writing in 2001, for science writing in 2013, and for public issues writing in 2014, and won Websters for Community Reporting in 2012 and 2014. He sometimes provides research, editing or writing services, works as a sessional instructor in creative non-fiction and journalism at the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University, and co-writes songs and/or cross-fertilizes weird brain ideas with Michael Bell and Martin Gallop (Martin and Rob’s song “Silver Lady” is on the 2008 special edition CD “Teilzeithippie” from German pop princess Annett Louisan). He co-wrote a theatrical show currently touring high schools, “My Impractical Life”, starring mime and monologue artist Trent Arterberry, and collaborated in various capacities with Will Weigler on his groundbreaking reconciliation theatrical project From the Heart.  A lot of his volunteer time is currently engaged in the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods collaborative initiative. He is also a co-founder of Inner Compass Initiative and The Withdrawal Project, websites which provide information about psychiatric drugs and how to withdraw from them more safely.