Franke James, Co-founder

CBC screenshot

Franke James, Co-founder, The James Gang, is the author and designer of two award-winning books. Bothered By My Green Conscience won the 2010 Green Book Festival Award for Graphic Novels. Her game-book, Dear Office-Politics is the winner of a 2010 Axiom Business Book Award in Human Resources and Training. Franke has been featured on TV, print, radio and online. She has delivered keynote speeches and workshops in Canada and the USA. She has been creating award winning, cross-platform content since 1995.

Franke James merges science, art and storytelling to inspire people to take action and “do the hardest thing first” for the planet. Franke uses her skills as an artist, photographer and writer to create visual essays on environmental and social issues. Franke has delivered keynotes and workshops in Toronto, Colorado, Ottawa, Northern Ontario, Cincinnati, Maine, and at the Ontario Teachers Federation climate change camps.

Franke made news headlines for her environmental actions by successfully winning permission from Toronto City Hall for the right to build a green driveway. Her work has been featured on the CBC National News, CBC Radio, Grist,,, Treehugger, YES! Magazine, Gopher Illustrated Magazine, The Toronto Star, National Post, Montreal Gazette, Times-Colonist, Ottawa Citizen, Worldchanging, and in numerous blogs. Her story A Green Winter was part of an anthology entitled Perspectives on Contemporary Issues that included stories from Stephen Lewis, Margaret Atwood, and David Suzuki. Franke produced A Green Winter as an animated short. It was screened at the 2007 Green Living Show between appearances by Al Gore and Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Franke has a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. She lives in Toronto where her favorite mode of transportation is walking.

CBC does “Dinner with a Stranger” on TV and Radio

CBC screenshot

CBC television’s The National and CBC radio’s The Spark shared Franke’s story of “Dinner with a Stranger” with their audiences. Franke’s post about CBC coverage: Just look where “Dinner with a Stranger” has led…

Green Living Magazine

“Franke James is using her creativity to tackle climate change—armed with a paintbrush and a vivid imagination—and having dazzling results.”

Photo of Franke James by Kourosh Keshiri for Green Living Magazine

Franke James, artist, author and speaker, is profiled in the Fall 2009 issue of Green Living Magazine. The issue urges Canadians “to take a stand” and challenges them to become greener citizens. Read Green Living Magazine article…

Contact Franke:

Franke James environmental bio:

Franke James Office-Politics bio:

Franke James in the news….

Leave a Reply