You are dreamers, artisans, and difference-makers. You are creatives, entrepreneurs, and adventurers. You are believers in the world’s best future. Welcome to our community blog.
When we have an idea, we are often attempting to create a solution to help solve a problem. As you think about the problem there are likely many ways to create an effective solution. Here are a few ways to get started:
Considering you have landed on the FLDWRK blog, chances are you’re a person who has ideas or who is dreaming up possible solutions to the problems you see in the world. You might not even recognize your ideas as a solution — but chances are, your ideas are born of out seeing how things could be better. The understanding of your solution is obviously important (we address that here) — but what is even more important is your understanding of the root problem. What is your idea or solution actually trying to resolve? In other words, what’s the problem?
In our last post we talked about how important it is to write your dreams down on paper and form a Dream Statement. Now it’s time to work on crafting your Purpose Statement by focusing on the “why” behind your idea.
In our last post we talked about how the Dream Statement captures your hopes for what the world will look like once your idea reaches its fullest potential. This is where you get to dream big!
When a building is being constructed, it is essential to make sure that the foundation is solid. The type of building or what it will look like can vary widely, but a strong foundation is key. Building an idea into something bigger is similar. You need to have a good foundation before you can move forward. Today we’re introducing the four foundational statements that will help guide you as you build your idea.
I first met Gabby Almon at the As We Dwell co-working space in the LA Arts District. We were both attending a community gathering of social entreprenuers facilitated by FLDWRK. Gabby was the last to arrive, appearing in a cloud of kindness and determination. She filled the room with an assured strength and approachability, evident in the way she carried herself. I immediately liked her.
As the night went on, I learned Gabby was the founder of Rise of the Bulls, a growing organization and extensive community focused on healing faults and controversies pertaining to the broken humanitarian aid system and the crises this system attempts to serve. Having recently returned from time spent volunteering in a refugee camp overseas, my ears perked up when I heard Gabby’s vision and the intentional steps she was taking towards reconciliation and understanding in our community concerning the Syrian refugee crisis. As the night continued, I learned about the upcoming Rise of the Bulls community dinner and think tank, two separate events focused on creating a platform to discuss and seek answers concerning the Syrian refugee crisis while engaging personally with those around us. The need for an unbiased, safe space to bring about conversation and questions has long been what this crisis has cried out for.
Pitch Night for Launch Batch 5 is December 7th, 2017. Here’s a little behind the scenes from founders in the Launch stage and, if you’re local, join us for Pitch Night.
Crack open your calendars and save the date people. Saturday, December 9th we are hosting our 3rd annual Spread Joy holiday pop up event. Join us and our 20+ amazing, world-changing vendors seeking to bring about socially-aware, quality goods to you and your loved ones this holiday season.
Cue the Christmas music and take a look at some of the faces and names you will find dancing around the Christmas tree for this Spread Joy event.
It’s no secret that once the holiday season rolls around we have a heightened awareness of finding the perfect gift. If you’re anything like me, you’re on the prowl for items which are unique, beautiful, and support local businesses. Wildflower Roots fits the bill perfectly. Founded by Meredith Partida, Wildflower Roots offers clean, gorgeous pieces for the conscious shopper. We sat down with Meredith and asked her some questions about her business and her love for the vendor community.
After grad school I packed up my 1999 Toyota Camry and made an epic road trip from Southern California to Boston, MA to work with a group of passionate and dedicated neighborhood leaders. The Millennium Ten Steering Committee in Codman Square was made up of residents, non-profit leaders, CDCs, hospitals, and businesses and was acting as a backbone agency with funding to develop a neighborhood-based plan. Over the next 2 years we created - through trial and error - a grassroots community vision plan for a neighborhood in Boston with measurable outcomes and an action plan that was ripe for implementation.