Ideas and happenings in our community
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Leila Fraser to our team! Leila is taking on an operations role at Groundswell as we grow and deliver bigger and better programming, events, and impact. Welcome, Leila! Read on to hear her story in her own words...
Real life rock star and Build cohort member Cass King finds the often intimidating job of budget building an exercise for empowerment instead. Try her mentality on for size; it's a great fit for new solopreneurs and self employed folk:
Budgets give us handrails for our decisions. They take away the stories (“I can’t”, “I’m hopeless with money”, “I’ve never done anything like this”, “I can’t afford this”, “I CAN afford this”) and replace them with a simple question: “OK, but how?”
Groundswell and our alumni featured in multiple local news outlets - read what others have to say about us here!
I had always dreamed of creating a community organization to build solidarity, self reliance, and youth leadership. With a liberal arts degree, I had to follow the advice to "create my own job". I found Groundswell and they helped me do that.
Feral offers training for the body and mind and youth leadership to mentor the next generations in building a more just world. We train a variety of teams, athletes, and organizations. For us, it's less about creating a "gym" than trying to create an alternative that's grounded in justice and practical social impact.
"For us Groundswellians who are just at the eve of creation, it's definitely good to know things might get hard so we don't panic when the going does get rough. But it also might serve us a little better to focus on the joy and excitement we get from these crazy times. From looking at the infinite possibilities ahead of us. From juggling with a thousand things at once. From finding our flow, from making connections, from receiving messages from the universe."
Often times serendipity leads people to Groundswell. That's the case for current cohort member Cori, who can finally say she's an entrepreneur and who is launching her new raw food business right now! In this blog you'll get a special treat with the first edition of her Eat This Not That series with a recipe for raw vegan nanaimo bars - a superstar hit at our last potluck!
Turning return on investment (ROI) on it's head, cohort member Dave Ives leads with a mission to find a kind of shared fulfilment that money can't buy...without losing sight of financial viability.
Silvia confronts a paradox that's universal to those starting to explore self-employment: should you stick with stability or (ad)venture into entrepreneurship? and offers some tools for reflection to help you at the crossroads. An especially fitting piece for those of us at the mid-life point!
We are challenging ourselves and our peers - you, our fellow changemaking organizations and individuals, many who are in the room tonight - to participate in reconciliation in our daily work.
But what does that look like?
It can seem so abstract in the city, or in reading the academic articles and policy recommendations, so we want to bring it down to a personal level. Because we, collectively, are shaping this place, by teaching, by building social ventures, by hosting and attending events, and so on. And on that note, I am humbled and full of anticipation for our next steps because so many of you are here to journey with us....
How many types of capital do you have in your life or business? Cohort member Trixie Ling counts over eight and shows how they contribute to the richness of her venture, above and beyond merely the financial capital that we are all familiar with in the entrepreneurial scene.
"In the past few months at Groundswell...we have been inspired by the fundamental paradigm shift of thinking and operating in a capitalist economy to a sharing or collaborative economy. One of the biggest shifts is how we view our “capital” and place value on the vast resources and gifts around us."