Communication Action Change


Way More Than Hope May 3, 2013
By Bob Ransford

David Berner is a man who is all about stories. For years, he’s sat there and very ably prompted stories from others: actors, politicians, business tycoons, and a myriad of other characters. He’s told funny little stories about his life experiences, shocking real life tales and everyday anecdotes that make us think about ourselves and the community around us.

I encouraged him a few years ago to tell his own story, with a focus on the truly heroic, ground-breaking work he did for years saving lives and helping drug addicts, drunkards and God’s other lost children.
That story needed to be told because it is a great lesson, an inspiration and a fascinating study of our modern society, with all of its hardships, struggles, realities, triumphs, ironies and hope.

David has not only told the story, he’s told it with brutal honesty, sharp insight, engaging humour and critical self-assessment. David teaches without lecturing. He preaches what he practiced. Moreover, he simply writes well and his prose sings. Reading his book is fun.

The crazy stories about that period of pioneering practice in addiction recovery are now there in one concise tome, evidence that there is hope. We CAN help those who let themselves follow a path that leads nowhere. David has helped hundreds. He proved it is possible and it is worth it.

With a passion that comes from real experience, David continues today to battle those who want to give up on those who need help and can be helped. He’s relentless in his criticism of those who theorize about harm reduction instead of compassionately acting and helping people take control of their lives and stop harming themselves and the rest of us. That’s because he knows what hope is all about.

David’s story is one of hope. Read it. You’ll laugh, learn, cry, cringe and really care.


The through line has always been communication. In each area of my life, I am driven by a deep need to listen and understand, to pause and question, to challenge and comprehend. I am just as compelled to use my own words to invoke thought and self-reflection and encourage others to achieve something greater, something more than the status quo.

The turning point is marked by action. Through communication, I want to engage people and lead them towards a decisive moment where confusion and uncertainty are replaced by confidence and the sure will to act. In a time when half-hearted public decisions so often overrule the prudent and silent majority, the power of real action to shake our collective foundation and demand its attention has never been so strong and so necessary. If you are engaged to act and demanding to be heard, then I have succeeded.

The endgame is change. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, but what I sincerely do take pride in having is an unwavering determination to keep questioning, discussing, and debating until we reach a point where the actions we take lead to true change – a change that is constructive in its conception, honest in its execution, and lasting in its results for our communities and relationships.

If life is a culmination of our passions and principles, I hope that my legacy will represent a continuous mechanism of communication, an inspired call to action, and a dynamic force to send us towards change for the greater good.

– David Berner