Elisa went through a life-changing ritual a few years too late, experiencing a coming-of-age ceremony as an adult. But this experience put her on a path to revive this ancient ceremony for modern day girls. Read on to see how personal transformation is a constant element in Elisa’s journey as a social entrepreneur.
I find much inspiration in the work of Buckminster Fuller and feel that his wisdom will resonate for many who are connected to Groundswell. Whether this is an initial introduction to ‘Bucky’ or a reminder to those who are familiar, his response to an inquisitive ten year old is a refreshing read. As we heed entrepreneurial advice to do the work, to show the love, to just keep going, to be the change, to let go of certainty, to defy fear- these insightful words can be a grounding place to return to on the journey.
Meet Miri, who learnt about Groundswell’s Build program 4 days before it started! Luckily for this hypnotherapist, a seat was free. Read Miri’s first hand experience of taking that leap and finding herself equip with a clear vision for her practice, a plethora of business skills, and a team of mentors and peers supporting her and her purpose driven business just half way through the program.
What is Groundswell? Alum Rob Wallace, Upbeet Farm, takes a stab at defining it to those curious about what he’s up to these days…
Gabby kicks off Cohort 8’s Student Blog series from her vantage point as a participant in Groundswell’s Build program. She remembers to follows her own advice of putting time for reflection and restoration ahead of your other tasks to be a better friend, colleague, and be more effective at everything else you do.
In the world of entrepreneurship, we hear about having to hustle, compete, and focus on achieving that ever important goal. But are these gendered expectations? Within the continuum of gender, Cori recognizes nuances between "feminine" and "masculine" energies. She finds her path and power by embracing her feminine energy, rather than homogenizing differences for the sake of "equality".
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?”
"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."
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."
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.
"I believe that NO ONE should have to feel trapped (in depression) by their mental state", reads the first sentence of my social venture purpose statement. However, upon researching this area I discovered that; as an attempting entrepreneur; I am actually placing myself in the path of depression, which has prompted me to write this blog.