Project Kinect
Consulting and Project Management for Social Change
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Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 11.31.24 AMWe are in our second year of the Carts for Community Internship Program. This program is a workforce incubator created to teach teenagers from economically challenged communities in Madison food safety, food management, small business, and entrepreneurial skills. In it’s second year, the internship will go from four students to ten students, add on community partners including REAP Food Group and University of Wisconsin food services department. We will also be working with Second Harvest Foodbank, Sysco Foods, and Let’s Eat Out. 

The project could not be done without the help of our other partner, Briarpatch Youth Services. Together, we are so excited to launch our second year of this five year development and sustainability goal. 


Carts for Community has launched their crowdfunding campaign to raise the money still needed to accomplish these summer endeavors.  Please give today to help bridge Madison communities for a better future. Carts for Community is using the Generosity platform which focuses on helping nonprofits with their community engagement work. 

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A little more about Carts for Community:

Carts for Community, INC is a new non-profit organization created by Christine Ameigh, founder of Let’s Eat Out! and owner of Slide food cart and her partner Jessica Wartenweiler, owner of Curd Girl food cart. Their vision is to use local food as a vehicle for community building, place making and economic development.


Carts for Community seeks to affect social change through food.  We are currently seeking funding for two of our programs: our community dinner program and our youth workforce development program.  


Food is a unifying force that brings people together across age, income and culture.  Our organization hosts community food cart dinners as a way to bring people together across cultural and economic divides and create a sense of place and gathering spot in Madison communities where few such places exist.  The Wisconsin Council on ChildrenScreen Shot 2016-06-02 at 10.36.37 AM and Families recently released a study that says “Many African-Americans live in geographically isolated neighborhoods in and around Madison that lack basic infrastructure, including a major employer, church or social gathering spots.”  In addition to providing a social gathering spot for people to connect throughfood, we also offer free children’s programming, live music, free local produce, and meal subsidies to neighbors in need, so that cost isn’t a limiting factor for participation.  The ultimate goal is to decrease food insecurity while increasing community cohesion.  

The 2016 food cart community dinners will take place in three Madison food deserts (South Park Street, Allied Drive, and the Meadowood neighborhood) which the USDA defines as low-income communities that lack ready access to healthy food.  The dinners will take place from June 13th-August 4th for a total of 24 events, eight in each of the above neighborhoods. The projected number of people that will be impacted by our events is at least 2400. We also employ two people from within the community as community ambassadors who work on the ground at each of the events engaging children and families in activities.

Partnerships with community groups, the City of Madison, neighborhoods resource teams and faith communities are  key to our success.  We’ve consulted extensively with other organizations to position our program for the best chance of success. Our goal is to establish partnerships with 8 different organizations and have each organization provide a different activity or service at all 3 locations for one of the 8 weeks our program is operating.  By working together we can avoid duplicitous efforts and increase the number of people we are serving. Last year’s collaborators included: REAP Food Group, MSCR, Madison Public Library, Mothers In The Neighborhood, Budget Bicycle Center, Madison Fire Department, and the Madison Police Department.

Please take 5 minutes now and give to this amazing project! 

Even more information…. 

More about our work with Carts for Community and Let’s Eat Out.

Cap Times article about this year’s internship program. 

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We are so happy to announce that we are partnering with Madison Traffic Garden to sponsor a booth at the Madison Mini Makers Faire on May 15th at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Our booth will be a makers corner for adults and children who want to make their own mini vertical garden out of recycled materials.


About a Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.  Come and be inspired to make!

For all the information, check the Eventbrite page.

About Vertical Gardens

Own Grown

Living Walls



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15th International Forum on Consciousness Topic Announced:

Awakened Consciousness and the Evolution of Business

Join leadership theory thought leaders, writers, educators and other global business experts in examining the way organizations are successfully combining the drive for economic gain with an equally passionate drive to actualize humanistic, culturally and environmentally sustainable values for the enrichment of employees, communities and the health of our planet. The 15th International Forum on Consciousness, Awakened Consciousness and the Evolution of Business: How the Self-Actualized Business Lays New Grooves for the Development of Self and Society, will be held May 5–6, 2016, in Madison, Wisconsin.

WHAT:    The International Forum on Consciousness is a yearly event dedicated to information-sharing and discussion regarding important—and often challenging—topics related to the exploration of consciousness. This year, the forum will address how business is changing the way we think about the world around us.

THEME:  Awakened Consciousness and the Evolution of Business

WHEN:    May 5–6, 2016

WHERE:  BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, Promega Corporation, 5445 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711

WHO:        Co-hosted by the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute) and Promega Corporation.

The 15th Annual International Forum on Consciousness is open to the general public but limited to 350 participants. Forum registrants have the opportunity to join a presenter for a small group discussion over dinner on Thursday evening, May 5. Registration is now open. For more information or to register, visit:
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We’re joining the  Madison Traffic Garden and The Hops Museum to host a free public screening of Just Eat It. A Food Waste Movie at the High Noon Saloon on Thursday, February 11th from 5pm-8pm.

This event is a great opportunity to start to bring together the food communities in the Madison area. Whether you are interested in locally grown, food access champions, organic, treatment of animals, food waste management, or just love to eat, we guarantee you will gain something from this evening.

We will have tables set up with local food growers, purveyors, and experts. Everyone will have a chance to check them out prior and after the screening of the film.

Following the film, we will have a panel of local food stakeholders to discuss the movie and detail what our area is doing to highlight, manage, and solve food waste and access issues. The panel will be moderated by Project Kinect founder, Gregg Potter. The panel and additional sponsors will be announced on the timeline of this event.

If you are interested in sponsoring, hosting a table, or have any questions, please email Lisa Nunez at or Erin McWalter at

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Healthy Food for All Dane County

PinkSpace Coworking

Let’s Eat Out

Project Kinect


Collab4Good (Madison Nonprofit Day)

Monika Ramsey


Square Harvest

REAP Food Group

FEED Kitchen

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Project Kinect’s Social Change Forum was created for three specific reasons. The first was to utilize everyone’s definition of Social Change, put them together, and reveal how everyone of us is an agent of change. The second reason was to dedicate time with an eclectic group of change agents and focus on one building block of social change.  We choose a building block that is abstract and subjective, yet when we focus on it together, we find tangible ways to be better agents of change. 

The final reason for creating the Social Change Forum was to utilize one focus to bridge communities.  Something magical happens when we use our skills, talents, and experience to work together on common themes; we become connected and our network expands making real change possible.  The Social Change Forum isn’t promising world peace; it’s just encouraging greater community by strengthening ourselves while we create a better understanding of who we can lean on.

We welcome and invite anyone to the Social Change Forum. Whether you are a government official, work at a nonprofit, lead a corporation, are a teacher, or a freshman in college, we encourage you to join us for this annual impactful and soul filling event. If the pricing is not in your budget, please contact us and WE WILL WORK SOMETHING OUT! Email and ask about scholarship options.

Here is information about the second annual Social Change Forum: Finding Courage

When:           March 3rd, 2016.  

Where:         Threshold in Madison, Wisconsin

Time:            8:30am – 5:00pm

Reception:   5:30- 8:00pm at Next Door Brewing Company

Courage is needed to be an effective and impactful change agent. This year Project Kinect’s Social Change Forum will allow us to explore the relationship between courage and social change, how we access courage, and how we find it when we need it.  Our intention is that we all walk away from this year’s forum more comfortable in uncomfortable space and able to access the courage necessary when we need it to have those scary conversations, problem solve those uneasy circumstances, and lead those who are still seeking courage. Our forum will not find all the answers, but together we can utilize the skills and talents from our brilliant communities to gain tools and best practices that access that courage we often need.

Meet Our Hostess: Jenna Rhodes

12494126_10207473129638938_1113303543_oJenna Rhodes, MA, MPS, MPH, is a high energy, bundle of love, courageous agent of change. Currently Rhodes is the Program Coordinator in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program where she supports outreach, programming, and research focused on increasing access and availability of healthy food utilizing farm to school strategies. She is also a Program Coordinator for the City of North Little Rock where she works on economic development projects related to walkability and strengthening local community organizational capacity, including the creation and continued coordination of a diverse community coalition.

Meet Our Keynote Speaker: Neena Viel

Neena-VielNeena hails from Newburgh, New York. As a teenager experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, she developed a social change lens early in life.  She was the first student at her high school to earn the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. She received a BA in Communication Studies at Arkansas State University, and earned the Martin Mahlon Fellowship and the Student Undergraduate Research Award for her work on supportive communication with at-risk youth.  The Clinton School of Public Service was a natural fit for her and she was able to develop her expertise in youth development through work with the Arkansas Out of School Network, The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project and the Department of Human Services. Viel has explored research projects in social-emotional health, supportive communication and education. She now works as part of the development team at College AccesDSC00315s Now in Seattle, where she works to empower low-income and first-generation students to access and graduate college. Viel has also spoken at the Arkansas State Teen Leadership Conference, the Arkansas Healthy Child Summit and the Bright Futures Begin Early Conference. She’s thrilled to come hang out with the cool people in Madison, WI!

Special Guests 

Sina Davis

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 10.34.34 AMSina Davis is the organizer and director of Mother’s in the Neighborhood; a program formed through the Allied Community Co-op that focuses on parent engagement.  Mother’s in the Neighborhood is a fierce organization that is working hard to shed light on the circumstances of the underserved communities in Madison, WI. In addition to Mother’s, Sina Davis is a community organizer, assists with the community engagement work through Let’s Eat Out, is a mother, friend, and ally.


Brandi Grayson

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 12.17.12 PMMadison 365 called her 2015 Disrupter of the Year. Brandi Grayson has a unique and forward way of delivering conversations about race and inequality to everyone, including those who try to avoid the discussion.  She works with the Madison YWCA and is one of the creators of Young, Gifted, and Black. At the 2016 Social Change Forum, Brandi will facilitate a conversation that will challenge us to bring the workshops into our every day lives.

Step Up: Equity Matters

We will also have a special activity facilitated by a founder or two from Step Up: Equity Matters



The Inner Work of a Change Agent

Facilitator: Sara Alvar12524301_10207013655354850_8321277687501556547_nado from Step Up: Equity Matters and Co-Owner of Alvarado Real Estate Group 

Sara will share parts her journey and get specific about ways we can become more affective and impactful change agents. If it were only about the passion we have, it would be a piece of cake. In this session we will learn the value in self-care, how to tap into our courage, and create a sustainable path as a change agent through the power of our tribe, how to say No and Hell Yes, and other intentional self-love practices.

Facing Fears to Fuel and Cultivate Courage

10931702_10103935804158797_8488044511124061259_oFacilitator: Garrett Lee, founder of WHOA (We Help One Another) and Good Point Game and also involved with Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County and Occupy Madison

Garrett Lee will facilitate an experience that explores our underlying fears and how they impact our ability to co-create social change. Once we identify and face our fears, we can then transcend them and cultivate courage. In doing so, we will build a network of people who relate to our fears and overcome them to co-create the change we wish to see in the world. There will also be opportunities to earn Good Points throughout the day.

Reestablishing Integrity

noble updatedFacilitator: Trish Flanagan, co-founder of Picasolar, Noble Impact, and Future School in Fort Smith

As agents of change, we often find ourselves in circumstances that outside forces challenge our authenticity and we lose our integrity.  This workshop will discuss those moments and identify best practices to be better the next time we encounter those difficult moments. 

Check out the schedule for the day!

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

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Click here if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor.

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Join us four Wednesdays this Fall in Madison, Wisconsin for this fantastic series focusing on Transformational Leadership!  We have some amazing local facilitators for the workshops and each workshop will be at the new Threshold building on Atwood Ave. The building is definitely worth a look-see.


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The nonprofit, Box of Balloons is getting ready for their first annual Birthday Bash fundraiser on November 7th. This event is a family friendly event enjoyable for adults and children alike sponsored by Summit Credit Union, with support from many community businesses.

All funds raised during this events will go directly towards sponsoring a birthday celebration for children who would not be able to have a large celebration on their birthday. The organization works directly with local school social workers and community leaders to help identify deserving children and provide them with an awesome birthday party celebration. To date, between all 11 chapters housed in six different states, over 278 total birthday parties have been donated.

Purchase tickets here

Sunday, November 7th 2015

625 Heatherstone Ridge

Sun Prairie, WI 53590

$2 for adults

$6 for children

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Here is a video to also share what Box of Balloons does. 

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Step Up: Equity Matters in the Workplace

By Sara Alvarado, Co-Creator

The path to creating a sustainable society that works for ALL people begins inside each of our own hearts and minds as we seek to understand our own biases and stereotypes.

Step Up: Equity Matters in the Workplace is a newly created organization that provides a community and has become a movement for people to learn and focus specifically on creating equity in the workplace. The Step Up team offers workshops and a book club with the promise of diving deep and being real. That means we agree to be vulnerable and keep our minds and our hearts open. 

The creation of Step Up came out of a group of people that wanted what didn’t exist. They wanted the environment to grow and learn about what needs to change in the business community. Using Dane Buy Local as a base for reaching out and Sustain Dane as a catalyst for bringing it all together, Sara Alvarado, Amy Kesling, Tania Ibarra and Haywood Simmons joined together on a path that has expanded beyond their imagination. The reach is far and wide and the meaningful connections and impact are a direct result of people showing up with the willingness to change. 

The goal is to increase diversity in our workplace, the board room, the executive and leadership teams and find solutions to create an inclusive, welcoming and thriving work environment for all. It isn’t just teaching people about cultural competency and inclusivity, it is about creating a company culture that embraces diversity in all aspects of its operations.

The Step Up community in Madison, WI, is a movement for change and when you join the community you will get invitations to the various workshops offered along with a book club invitation and updates from other members that showcase success stories, learning moments and resources. If you are looking for the real deal, read this pledge and hopefully you will feel the tug to be a part of the change. 

Diving into the process you will learn to create and engage in conversations about inequities in the workplace and our communities. You will learn how to listen with your hear, use empathy and focus on the importance of finding common ground while challenging each other to identify biases within ourselves and each other in a loving, non-judgmental manner. 

This is an ongoing practice of communication and engagement. It is crucial that we become conscious, confident, and humble to create lasting changes.

This is the STEP UP community!

There is no one easy solution to the massive racial disparities in our community. If there was, we’d have figured it out by now and we wouldn’t be here. But we are here, still, and we are not okay with that. Change doesn’t happen overnight, as we can see. Change isn’t happening fast enough. But change IS happening and you can be part of that change. You can make a difference. Join the Step Up movement to experience the change.

***The next Step Up event is Friday, September 19th, 2015, 8:30am-10:30am at the Urban League of Greater Madison (2222 South Park St). Here is more information on that event and the link to their Facebook page.

Find out more about Step Up at

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Project Kinect is working with Let’s Eat Out! for it’s final event of 2015.  This season­ finale event will feature 20 local food carts (offering food options at $4 or less), Capital Brewery beer & great local music including the Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Sextet on Sunday, September 27th at Burr Jones Field.

The Fall Food Cart Festival kicks off at 12pm.The event is in partnership with the Mad City Bazaar, an urban pop­up flea market, which takes place at the Fiore Shopping center, next to the park. The MadCity Bazaar opens at 10am with food and beer sales beginning at noon.

The series is a fundraiser for Let’s Eat Out! with all proceeds benefiting the group’s charitable work including its neighborhood dinner program and food cart internship program. Over the past summer, LEO was able to bring communities together and provide over 4000 meal subsidies in local food desert neighborhoods.. The 2015 internship program, which matched at­ risk youth with food cart owners for an intensive 8 week learning experience just concluded, with plans for expansion in 2016.


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by Stephanie Riedel

While you probably recognize, “that’s what she said!” as a joke, here in Madison it’s also a show that’s changing lives. Thought up in 2011 by Molly Vanderlin of The Bricks Theatre along with friends Miranda Hawk and Karen Saari-Pausch, they imagined a show where women could come together to find strength and share stories of their lives on stage with an audience.

Every show starts with a theme such as resolution, mother-load, lie or perfection and a group of six to ten women. Rehearsals start with a meet and greet where the women discuss the theme for that show and read what they have started writing. For the next month the cast breaks up into smaller groups that meet once a week to workshop what they’ve written with Molly leading them.

The whole process is emotional, powerful and sometimes extremely difficult. Even the most benign stories can lead to some pretty powerful places as the women explore them, which is exactly what makes this show so special. Past stories have included buying your first house as a single woman only to find you’ve got a roommate: a mouse; starting new Christmas traditions after your old ones were torn apart by divorce; that time you were in college and ended up working as a cocktail waitress in a strip club; having your first orgasm at fifty while coming to terms with a marriage that brings you both joy and absolutely no sex; coping with migraines that seek to destroy all the relationships around you; and being an adoptive mother trying to maintain her place in her child’s life as they meet their biological mother for the first time in India. Stories are unique to women, but reach out and transcend gender, race and age.

The women who perform are always from the community. Some of them have experience in performance, but not writing, others are writers, but not performers, still others have never done anything like this in their lives. The one thing they have in common is they are all terrified and they are all brave.

This August is their ninth show, themed Crave and marks the third year in the That’s What She Said run and this show may be the most important one yet with stories of addiction. Rehearsals start July 13th and the show runs August 20th-21st with eight women performing at The Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington Ave). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door, or at

***For more information check out the group’s Facebook page:, or call (608)358-9609.