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.
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)
When we changed our name to FLDWRK, one of the reasons we loved it was because it represents being out in the world, observing and interacting with people and creating solutions that meet their needs.
We know this doesn’t just happen where we are in California…so we’re going global. We’ve developed a program that can be accessed from anywhere to give you the resources you need to take purposeful action on your meaningful idea and implement solutions that meet the needs of people wherever you are.
This story begins on January 6th, 2017. My husband and I had just returned from visiting family and friends back in Chicago for the holidays. With the warm sun on my face and palm trees in view, I was happy to be home. But more than that, I was excited to get back to work. It’s true, I really was!
It was the Friday morning staff meeting and, per usual, the team exchanged general pleasantries. As I talked with our faithful leader, Brandon, he shares the news that “Hey, we are changing the company name.”
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!
What does it mean to learn from your community? Theoretically, this sounds great. Practically…it can be tough to know how to do this! Community can be spread out, diverse, fractured, connected; often it looks a little different for each person.
At FLDWRK we talk a lot about MVP and we don’t mean Most Valuable Player (although we do believe you all are the real MVPs – seriously). But as we use it in our startup programs, MVP means Minimum Viable Product, Program, or Service. So let’s dive a bit deeper to understand what this really means and why it is important.
On a Sunday in Pasadena, California, two humans sat facing each other on tufted leather couches: a 50-something male, Founder and CEO of a 16-year-old, multi-million-dollar financial technology company, in his pajamas, and me, a then 20-something female Founder and CEO of a personal and organizational development start-up, The Glow Effect.
So it has happened. Wayfare is officially FLDWRK (pronounced Fieldwork). We had a party to announce the new name and loved having so many people celebrate with us in both the Fullerton and Costa Mesa spaces. Thank you to all who came!
Now that the name is out there, we’d like to give you some info about why we chose the name FLDWRK. So let’s jump right in.
According to the Strengths Finder 2.0 (of which I am a huge fan), my top strength is Achiever. So when a day goes by where I haven’t achieved all of the things that I set out to do in a day, I have a hard time feeling like I have accomplished anything at all. This tends to be a problem for me because as the cofounder of a small, but growing organization, I know what it is like to have an entire day go by and to be left wondering where all of my time went! At the end of the day, even if I’ve been productive and I’ve clearly made progress in several small areas, if I spent very little time executing on my primary objectives it can feel defeating.
One of my favorite movies is Disney’s “The Kid”. In the scene where big Russ is trying to explain his job as an image consultant and little Rusty is trying to understand what that means, he looks up and in a childish, drawn out tone says, “But what do I doooo?”
This very phrase and in Rusty’s tone went through my head about 1,000 times as we started exploring re-articulating our mission statement. I was newly hired as the Executive Director of Mika Community Development Corporation but had been a part of the organization for 11 of our 12 years. Our work wasn’t changing but we needed to clarify and focus the most core part of our work, our mission.