Our alumni ventures + stories
Below you'll find Groundswell alumni community-based ventures and a collection of videos and interviews to get first hand accounts of our community's experience in the Groundswell Social Venture Program.
Many of these videos are casual conversations between alumna Tammy Lea Meyer and her peers captured with a simple web video conferencing platform, or quick clips captured on a smartphone in the Groundswell clubhouse, so you'll hear down to earth, unrehearsed videos of our community member speaking from the heart.
What's distinct about Groundswell is the community that is greater than the sum of its parts – so we can't be defined just by a list of projects. We invite you to check out some of the many diverse community-based ventures of our alumni:
Grinding Gears is a peddle powered cafe that will be serving a unique coffee experience in the city of Vancouver and its parks from a bike. Organized as a co-operative not only is about amazing coffee but also creating truly livable jobs and a community of shared success.
A network that brings Early Childhood Educators together through skills development workshops and providing support to individuals in the profession to improve quality of care.
Creating awareness, Setting standards and Raising expectations around care + education for children, their parents, their caregivers and everyone else.
Empowering urban families!
Intelligence in Nature is a sustainable development company. Our purpose is to provide sustainable lifestyle option through the simple act of living. We build self sustainable, contemporary, closed system homes and communities that produce more water than they need, more energy than they use and more food than they consume.
DiverCity Games is a series of mobile, small-scale events that focus on building social connections in the gender diverse community via interactive games.
slow fashion & collaborative pop-ups | adapt. express. create change
Improving communication ~ one role at a time.
Wood Shop Mobile aims to create more cohesive communities by offering mobile, trades skills workshops that bring our skills and our tools to your projects and your communities. It is a project of the Wood Shop Workers Coop, founded out of Groundswell in 2014. By Renee Michaud.
International touring ensemble from Uganda.
We use the primal transforming power of music and dance to raise awareness and improve the way of life for children in war torn, disease stricken, and impoverished communities.
FAREWICK is growing a network of local food producers here in Vancouver; village living in the city.
Rebuilding soil microbiology for higher yields and healthier humans.
Consultancy. Soil Testing. Land Management.
Creating community in Chilliwack through art.
Who's in your Kitchen? What's Cooking?
Kitchen Literacy Coaching, Training, and Consultancy.
Workshops, consultancy & training to facilitate a nature-based childcare approach.
Amacata by Daphne Woo: Dyeing for an Awakening
Slow Fashion | Workshops | Awareness
Multimedia Event Production Company for Live Gaming, founded by Tyler McKinnon
Groundswell alumni Sarah Peacock and Tada Ozumi founded Another Space out of the Groundswell Community Based Ventures Program.
Sarah Peacock says, "We started our project in May of 2015 by opening the doors to Vancouver’s very first community-based creative arts therapy studio. Since, we have grown into something that is more than just a physical space. Another Space has evolved into a platform that promotes workshops around personal growth and healing by helping to increase their value and visibility."
Groundswell alumni Chris Nichols and Jessica Valentine are worker-owners in a cooperative that upcycles waste wood into custom furniture, a venture founded in Groundswell's Venture Program that attempts to address both economic inequalities and waste in the city.
Watch the video to meet Chris and learn more ▶︎
Healthy Eats for Growing Peeps!
Chirp is a range of fresh, plant based, nutrient dense baby purees and toddler snacks.
Counter Cultures runs workshops and events with focus on fermented food and beverage.
Our mission is to bring more creative programs and outlets to schools, and provide opportunities for youth of all ages to explore art, dance, music, martial art and more.
MatterForms is a project for finding uses for waste materials through art and creative up-cycled products.
Empowering Philippine coffee growers through direct relationships & sustainable sourcing
Consulting with a focus on helping organizations with a social mission measure and improve their social impacts. At ImpactFull, we help you “do good” even better!
Expanding the reach of its Life Skills community reintegration programming through mobile & kiosk applications
A design agency communicating climate change with clarity, compassion and hope.
A pilot project that will empower youth 9-12 year old to learn about social ventures, gain confidence in their ideas, and learn and try out their ideas with support from community, local businesses, and their peers.
Polity is the next step in the evolution of media-making.
Awakening social stories. Coffee roasted by groundswell small batch roasters funds future students.