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Jessica has finally settled on a name for her - a full three days after pitching the idea to her family and friends. She’s so excited to have a name that she just filed the paperwork with the city and purchased a website domain name. Her business model is still being developed, growing as she figures out what exactly she’s aiming to offer, yet she believes the name is set in stone. Fast forward a month and Jessica decides her business model will need to change a bit. The small changes she implements suddenly
Jackson is full of ideas, but there is one idea in particular that always rises to the top. He wants to use his company to make a difference in the world. He’d like to start a business that would primarily employ youth who have aged-out of the foster care system. He has talked to many people about his idea and has received a great deal of encouragement and support - mostly from his friends and family, who don’t have much experience with foster youth. Recently he developed a plan to start and has put the word out to various organizations who work with emancipated foster youth, letting them know he is hiring. However, he’s having trouble connecting with and hiring the foster youth in his area. He’s perplexed because he knows from research that foster youth need jobs. What’s going on here? Jackson knows of a need that exists, and he has created a solution that he thinks will meet that need. So why is he having a hard time getting things rolling? He’s hit a common roadblock.
Julia is planning to open a socially-conscious coffee shop in her city. She has big heart to use her business to impact her community and the world for good. She started making lists of of all the things she needs to do to get started. She thought her lists would give her more clarity in how to move forward, but as they keep growing, she’s finding it hard to figure out what to do and how to spend her time and money in the best ways. There are so many unknowns at this stage of the process that she has no idea how to move forward. She thinks she needs a business plan. We disagree.
It’s been one year since we officially changed our name to FLDWRK. If you aren’t familiar with the reason for our name change you can read all about why we changed it and why we chose the name FLDWRK in previous posts. But I’ll sum it up for you here. We were facing an expensive legal battle which would’ve drained all of our finances if we didn’t change our name.
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.