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Info Session at the VPL

  • VPL Central Branch: 3rd Floor Meeting Room (by the Inspiration Lab) 350 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC, V6B Canada (map)

Create meaningful work for yourself and surround yourself with a creative community of values-aligned doers. Groundswell's training and mentoring program is building community based social ventures with unlikely entrepreneurs - are you looking to contribute meaningfully to community with your work? Attend this Info Session & discover how!

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Groundswell's unique community-based social venture program is made up of action oriented, heart centred changemakers, creating meaningful livelihoods in the emerging, new economy. We believe everyone can contribute meaningfully to their community with value based, rewarding and sustainable work. 

Among the community projects, coops, and social enterprises that came out of Groundswell's social venture program are the following:

Wood Shop Coop (woodshop.coop) - A workers' cooperative that makes quality products out of upcycled wood at a reasonable price. 

Another Space (anotherspace.ca) - An innovative arts-based wellness studio in East Vancouver; a dedicated space for artists, wellness practitioners and community members to express their creativity through movement, arts, crafts and community connection.

The Good Food Project (thegoodfoodproject.ca) - Delivering community food programming to provide the skills, tools, and support you need to make fresh and flavourful food a part of your everyday life.

Vancouver Fix-it Collective (vanfixit.tumblr.com) - A place where we fix vs throw away, where we build community and empower each other.

The Nettle's Guild Collective (nettlesguild.coop) - Permaculture inspired courses, custom garden builds and perennial nursery.

BC Centre for New Farmers (BCCNF.org) - Growing farmers on 300 acres of fertile land in the Nicola Valley.

Rebel Soup (rebelsoup.ca) - Reducing food waste, one bowl of soup at a time. 

And many more! Read about our alumni projects here.

***Applications are open for our Social Venture & Stream programs!***

To build this community, we offer an intensive, personal application process. Applicants must attend an Info Session or Open House event, complete an online questionnaire, and participate in a personal interview before being considered as a candidate for the program.

Email iona@groundswellcommunity.ca if you have any questions! 

Earlier Event: November 1
A Taste of Groundswell
Later Event: November 15
Impact Vancouver