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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.
FLDWRK’s 5th Pitch Night is coming up on December 7th and we’d love for you to join us! We sat down with Jonathon Murillo to hear about what he is working on in Launch and the importance of a supportive community in it all.
Jeremy Logeot, saw that young adults were struggling to make ends meet, let alone plan for a stable financial future. So he decided to do something about it by creating Young Money Savvy. He’s in FLDWRK’s Launch Program and we’re thrilled to share a part of his story! (For the full thing, join him and other purposeful entrepreneurs December 7th at Pitch Night)
My husband came home the other night and said, “There are two jobs we’ve been given. One that anyone can do…thousands, actually. And one that only I can do, and only you can do. I’ve been living thinking I was indispensible for the wrong one.”
When we sat down with our coworking member Grace Kim, we were reminded of the importance of empowering others to pursue their dreams even in the midst of tragedy and hardship. That’s the mission of the Dragon Kim Foundation– they fund and create programs that enable children to explore and pursue their passions within academics, athletics, and the arts. This idea, however, was not Grace Kim’s. It was Dragon’s – her son who tragically passed away in a camping accident. Grace and her husband, Daniel, took their grief and honored their son by forming the The Dragon Kim Foundation.
We love hearing how women are actively engaging in their communities, so when we heard of Empower HerFuture and the work the organization has been doing, we knew we had share their story. Madeline and Marie-Nicole started Empower HerFuture in the Fall of 2016 to help young women identify their unique value and abilities as leaders in their communities. We asked them to share the heart behind the vision and why they got started.
“My home, Syria, once a beautiful, beautiful woman…now ruined…destroyed…,” the woman across from me laments amidst a chaotic and bustling refugee resettlement camp. White dust is rising in the Greek heat from thousands of scuffing feet. Hazardous barbed wire lines the camp’s limits. We are a long way from her home.
I don’t get this exact question a lot. It’s more subtle than that. I get it as an assumption. Whether I’m working with a new startup or a more established organization, I regularly hear the following reactions as we draft mission statements:
“We’re not describing everything we do or telling our customers what to expect.”
“It doesn’t say anything about how we’re different.”
“It’s not catchy enough.”
All those things are important, but they are not your mission. Here’s the fundamental shift…