Advice for Social Entrepreneurs

Inspired by none less than Einstein, a current cohort member applies this inspiration to the realm of social enterprise:

To live a fulfilled life as a social entrepreneur, consider Einstein’s thoughts and start the process from a place of calm and modesty as your heart wrestles with injustice (rest / compassion); find a way (passion); think of creative solutions with trusted counsellors (action); promote the good of the community (mission).

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Natural Systems to Design your Business

What does Mother Nature have to do with business?  Not only you can get inspired and re-energized after a walk in the woods…if you pay careful attention, you’ll see that all what we need is already there!

Cohort member Silvia Di Blasio applies permaculture principles to start-up development and finds wisdom in natural systems. 

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Reflections: On the Land Indigenous Gathering

In August 2017, a group of young changemakers from across western Canada came together to ask: what will the next 150 years of Canada look like? We learned On the Land about colonization, indigenous culture, reconciliation, and how to take this important work forward in our personal and professional lives. Meduh to Curtis Rattray, Darian Dennis, Huey, Christine, Elder Nancy, and all the locals who shared their land and teachings with us in Tahltan.

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Meet Isaiah: explorer, entrepreneur, and Groundswell's newest educator

"I don’t have a magic formula to find the ‘perfect career’. However, my team and I have learned that, more than a platform, algorithm, or tool, it’s a the right mindset that helps career seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs alike to build the future they’re looking for."  
roundswell is excited to announce our newest team member, Isaiah Baldissera, who will be leading the Build segment of the Social Venture Program.  Isaiah is joining us from a background in technology, education and meaning seeking in his own career and in helping others find their career path.  He's got a heart of gold and an impressive skill set that is helping Groundswell be better than ever at what we do, and we are delighted to have him join our community!

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Latest newsletter: June is a huge month!

The next stage of collective evolution is underway.
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This is a huge month for our community!

1) We have launched Groundswell's social venture launchpad: the Community Marketplace on Granville Island - link to photos below!
2) We are throwing a party! Groundswell's 6th Gala  is happening June 13th - and it's the final event at the Clubhouse at 566 Powell.
3) A relaunch of our Social Venture Program includes a new way to apply: get your application in before the Early Bird deadline of June 23rd!
4) With the Tahltan Nation, we have been awarded a Canada 150 Grant for the On The Land Indigenous Gathering for young adults.
5) We are moving in mid-June (as your probably guessed by #2) -  stay tuned for the announcement of our new location...

Join us in celebration!

This capstone event is a showcase of the hard work put in over the last 6 months by a cohort who have journeyed together to bring their big ideas to fruition as social ventures. 
These brand new social ventures are solving problems in innovative ways in childcare, the arts, gender diversity, media and storytelling, communications, home construction, employment  - and the lack of coffee in Vancouver parks!

Tuesday, June 13th @ Groundswell & Hives for Humanity, 566 Powell Street.
Marketplace 5:30 - 6:30, 7:30 - 8:30.  Presentations 6:30 - 7:30

Meet these budding social entrepreneurs and their ventures at 
Please RSVP to get your free / by donation ticket to the gala -  space is limited!
This is the last event at our Clubhouse at 566 Powell Street, so come on down to celebrate this space and community that we have grown and come together in.
June 6th: Day 1 of the Groundswell Community Marketplace

Groundswell Community Marketplace Launch

We were blessed with a perfect sky for our inaugural market on Granville Island, and with a group of big hearted vendors and volunteers we couldn't not have asked for more.  Groundswell community: we've done it!  This is the first stage of our Social Venture Launchpad that supports early stage social entrepreneurs in their first years of development, to follow Groundswell's Social Venture Incubator Program. But it's only the first market of the summer and there is plenty of experimentation and learning to come!
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Our 4th Social Venture Program cohort celebrates their capstone event

Early Bird Application Deadline: June 23rd

Applications are now open for Groundswell's alternative Social Venture Incubator Program.
Do you want to make positive change with your work? Know someone who does and is ready to evolve a small idea or project into a sustainable social venture?
We meet people where they're at, in an unpretentious learning environment, and work collaboratively with a cohort of creative, values aligned people to build each other, and our projects, up.  
Are you ready?
Apply now
 The On the Land Gathering is a four-day experience for young changemakers from diverse locations in Canadian society that is intended to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth (age 18-30). 

We are using Canada’s 150th birthday as an opportunity to ask the question:

How can we build new relationships for the next 150 years? 

Through experiencing Tahltan traditional ways of living on Tahltan land, the youth will explore this question in the context of reconciliation, diversity, and inclusion. 

The building of common interests and relationships will support efforts towards reconciliation of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians. 
For more information and to apply, go to:

Please help us spread the word about the new marketplace and opportunities to connect to and join our community through events and our programs - forward this to friends or share it on social media (link at the top: view in browser).

Together, let's grow the movement!
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