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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.
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.