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 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 recently hosted our fourth Pitch Night (thank you to all who came!) where we got to hear pitches from our current startup programs members about the movements they’ve been working on.
These founders embody what it looks like to live into the fullness of who they are, take risks for the sake of the common good, and build movements that disrupt our cities and world for the better. Their movements are compelling and their dreams give us hope. We couldn’t be more excited to share these founder’s stories with you and invite you to be a part of their work!
It’s a new year and we have big news. We started dreaming about what Wayfare would become over three years ago. It was our vision to create a workspace and support for organizations that would birth movements for the common good.
As we were forming the organization, we decided on the name Wayfare because it captured the heart behind our vision. The word Wayfare has a double meaning. It means the act of journeying. It also means provisions for the journey. This word clearly encompassed the community we envisioned—a community of creators, doers, and adventurers aspiring to pursue the common good and support each other in the journey.
My dad is a man whose hands were perpetually rough with calluses and deep cracks, whose fingernails were cut dangerously short,left with barely enough room to be lined with dirt. He spent his evenings after work and his weekend mornings in our garden, wrist deep in the familiar warmth of soil that was nourished by our friendly hens and the roots of our thriving plot of vegetables. I inherited my dad’s deep love for the earth and some small part of his green thumb, which instinctively drove me to write my senior thesis on the dynamics of sustainable agriculture in Orange County. From that research arose one of my lifetime heroes: Dan Barber, co-owner of Blue Hill Farm and a leader in the world of food culture and sustainability.
I could have worked from home but being surrounded by change makers was always a goal for us. I think anytime we can partner with people who are doing things to help change the world we are amplifying the difference we can make in the world.
I am currently developing the business model for The Integrated which essentially supports emerging adults, age 18-26, transition into adulthood. I am writing the curriculum and developing the website as well as doing everything, except social media (because I have an awesome intern team and intern director!). The Integrated started about 2 years ago when I decided I wanted to mentor a few college students because it is such a vital and crucial developmental time for them. Gandolf, aka Jeff Tanner (co-founder of FLDWRK), planted the seed that my ideas could turn into a non-profit… so here I am today.
Day to day, you can mostly find me slinging lattes, running errands, creating new syrup flavors and catching up with my regulars but I am slowly making more time for myself to work on my business instead of at my business. If I had known how much hard work being a business owner would take, I probably would have never taken the leap but I can’t imagine doing anything else. After falling in love with coffee on a farm in Uganda and working at 3 local coffee shops here in Costa Mesa, I decided to go for it on my own. I am currently the owner, manager, accountant, social media coordinator, and one of two baristas for Neat Coffee but I am working hard toward eventually having a full team, a better work/life balance and a larger shop that serves excellent coffee and provides a healthy space for the community.
Nuru’s mission is to end extreme poverty in remote, rural areas. Right now we have community development projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, and we’re expanding to a third country next year. I am constantly inspired by my brilliant colleagues, our incredible local teams and farmers, and everyone’s tireless efforts in achieving Nuru’s mission. With a mission like this it isn’t difficult to stay productive. Practically though with two kids at home, I have to utilize every minute of kid-free work-time to its fullest (well besides the important time I spend exploring the amazing Skype Mojis to ensure I start off my Skype meetings in style).
Who are you?
What’s the name of your company/organization?
Meat & Vegetables Trading Company
The best movie of all time is clearly….
This is very hard for me. If it’s a comedy I think I would have to say Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and my favorite romantic comedy would have to be Good Old Summer Time (this was the orignal of You Got Mail). Since I love movies so much, I really have a hard time just loving one. But I think these are a great start to ones I watch more then once a year.
Four new startups have been accepted into FLDWRK’s second Launch program (Batch 2). We’re excited to see them launch their movements and begin forming their institutions. Let’s take a look at these missional organizations and their intrepid founders.
Mentoring Leaders in Low-Income Neighborhoods
In April, FLDWRK chose Community Development as our monthly focus and we chose Mika Community Development Corporation in Costa Mesa as our main partner for this focus. It was a joy to see people from all over Costa Mesa and Orange County gather as FLDWRK’s space in Costa Mesa transformed into a Taco Tuesday fundraiser for this awesome organization in collaboration with the
Orange County Community Foundation’s Giving Day Fundraiser. The fundraiser was a great success, but funds are just one portion of the greater picture in terms of supporting Mika. Relationships are the core of what Mika is about, and mentorship is a key part of the mission of this awesome non-profit organization.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and we couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up the month than with a guest blog by our dear friend Sally Kim. Sally is an Orange County local, affectionately titled a “Mister” by her brothers, a newlywed, and a mother to her honeymoon baby girl, Scout. She’s passionate about foster care and spends her free time representing foster families in the Huntington Beach High School District, and content managing for The Yellow Conference. She is also a wonderful story teller, and we are thrilled and honored to have her share her story with you all on our blog today.