Project Kinect
Consulting and Project Management for Social Change

When:             March 1st, 2017 (Synergy Coworking, 6:00pm – 8:30pm)

                         March 2nd, All day Social Change Forum

Where:            Gordon Commons (770 W. Dayton St. Madison, WI 53716)

Time:               8:30am – 5:00pm

Reception:       5:30pm – 8:00pm, Location TBA

For agents of change, being good is status quo. However, to create the impact required for the true positive social change needed, now more than ever, we must challenge the status quo. This year’s Social Change Forum’s focus is to be better than good because no longer is good, good enough.  The intention this year is that participants create the time needed to have the difficult conversations with themselves and other participants on how we challenge ourselves to be better.  This includes speaking up more when we see injustice happening, challenging those around us to take action, being persistent when we may feel like everything is against us, listening and finding empathy, and so much more.  This year the forum will begin the night before with a special event  and will continue through to the full day forum.  We are exhilarated to work hard and become better with everyone.

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 info@projectkinect.com and ask about scholarship options and price codes for students. 


Opening Event: March 1st, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, @Synergy Coworking

On Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, we will kick off the Social Change Forum by having an interactive fundraiser that will benefit Mentoring Positives.  The event will be held at Synergy Coworking beginning at 6pm.  Program to start at 7pm. The event will have beer and non-alcoholic beverages.  We will be serving Off the Block Pizza and salad and sides from Beyond Catering. This event is complimentary to forum participants. It is $25 for people who want to attend this event only. 

Emcee: Rachel Werner from Brava Magazine

 

Program: Sara Alvarado from Step Up Equity Matters and the Alvarado Group

Sara and company will be hosting an interactive workshop looking at how we can better utilize social media. Often, social media is used to share stories, events, celebrations, and news.  We try to use it to express the realities that we are passionate about but often we miss the mark. This activity will challenge us to more intentionally use social media to advocate and directly address the social change needed in our communities and in our world.

Special guest: Will Green, founder of Mentoring Positives.

Mentoring Positives mission is to build strong, trusting relationships, positive attitudes, and life skills in youth through mentoring and social youth entrepreneurship. Mentoring Positives began in the fall of 2004, as strictly a fee-for-service program that Will started by mentoring delinquent youth, one-on-one. Soon, Mentoring Positives’ became a not for profit organization and quickly began offering group mentoring. Will saw the need for positive programming with many of the youth living in the neighborhood. Will continues to engage the youth and families currently without any Mentoring Positives’ programming as well as with those that are attending programs. Today, Mentoring Positives, Inc. has three components; (1.) Specialized Mentoring, (2.) Off the Block Enterprises, and (3.) Training/Professional Development. 

 

Thank you to those involved with the Social Change Forum Eve Event!


Social Change Forum: March 2nd, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Gordon Commons

Meet our hostess and host: Dina Martinez and Cedric Johnson

Dina Nina Martinez is an advocate, public speaker, actor, and stand up comedian. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, Daily Chronicle, and the LA Magazine. She fights for equity and brings trans-rights forward with her humor and matter of fact attitude. Dina Nina Martinez, who was called “…very funny.” by the Late Late Show’s James Corden, is a transgender standup comedian and actor from LA who currently resides in Chicago. Her signature blend of disarming sass and charm has been featured in comedy festivals and multiple world-class comedy venues including LA Pride and The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. She is a Huff Post blogger and creator and executive producer of Lady Laughs Comedy Festival. She was named one of the “40 Hot Queer Women In Comedy” by AfterEllen.com and won Madison’s favorite Local Comedian as voted by the readers of the Isthmus. Martinez’s long term goals are to settle down and be a soccer mom.

 

Cedric Johnson is the Development & Communications Director with Briarpatch Youth Services, Inc. in Madison. He oversees the agency’s fundraising, communications, and is currently leading Briarpatch’s $3.1 million ‘Giving Homeless Youth a Chance’ campaign to fund Dane County’s first and only shelter dedicated to homeless youth ages 12-17 years. A native of Rockford, IL, Cedric was inspired to jump in and enact change at a young age; joining the Rockford Area Arts Council and DIVERSITY of Rockford at the age of sixteen. Cedric relocated to Madison in 2010 to work for The Onion, moving into a position in the development department of Madison Children’s Museum shortly thereafter. Madison’s active and engaged community was a perfect fit, and Cedric picked up his advocacy as a board member and past president of O.P.E.N. (the Out Professional Engagement Network), board member of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, a mayoral appointee to the Madison Arts Commission, and the Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo board member.

Meet our Keynote Speaker: Jessica Boyd

Jessica Boyd strives to give herself compassionately, lovingly, and gracefully to others in every aspect of her life. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of Community Venture Foundation where she focuses on creating and executing programs that use entrepreneurship as a tool for social and economic empowerment. Prior to working at CVF, Jessica was an inaugural American Dream Fellow for the Cisneros Center for New Americans. She has also worked with The Sustainability Consortium, Nisolo, and Habitat for Humanity, Colombia. Outside of work, Jessica sits on the board of Spectrum Living Solutions, serves as the Volunteer Co-Chair for the Susan G. Komen Ozark Race for the Cure, and is actively involved with Magdalene Serenity House. She is committed to and passionate about serving others in both her professional and personal lives. She is also passionate about reading, learning, hiking, and traveling, and is continually exploring and absorbing other cultures.

Special Guests:

Calandra Davis

Calandra Davis has made it her mission to seek personal growth, actively strive for social justice, and do anything within her means to lighten the burden of others. She strongly believes if you’re not reaching out to help others, then you’re shrinking. Calandra has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Alcorn State University where she also conducted various research projects in Bangalore, India on the health of urban youth. She received a Masters of Public Service degree from the Clinton School of Public Service in 2014 while taking an opportunity with the William H. Bowen School of Law Research Project led to a position as chair of the Communications/ Education subcommittee. This yielded the framework to gain support for policy and practice initiatives to help decrease racial disparities in the Arkansas criminal justice system. She is currently the program director for Women and Children First; a domestic violence shelter, whose mission is to provide safety, strength, and hope for all victims of family violence. She hopes to turn her imagination of a just and equitable world into reality.

Facilitators

Nikki Nigl

Nikki Nigl (rhymes with eagle) has lived coast to coast, drawing inspiration and following her own simple credo, “to enjoy life to the fullest,” and aspires to help others do the same. Possessed by her Midwest sensibility, West Coast calm and East Coast edge, Nikki has dedicated her life to motivating the masses with a no-nonsense but understanding approach. She’s qualified as a College Professor, Public Speaking Instructor, Accountability Coach, Relationship Guru, Women’s EmpowHERment Coach, Life Manager, Weight-loss Coach, and overall cheerleader. Nikki says simply: “I will make your life better and easier.” And probably more fun. Loyal believer, role model, friend, artist, teacher, and always a student, Nikki is also a rarity and a treasure — and wants you to know that you are too. 

Shannel Trudeau-Yancey

Shannel Trudeau-Yancey, MS has worked with individuals with disabilities in the field of vocational rehabilitation since 1997. In 2004, she spearheaded a pilot project with Dane County Human Services, Employment Resources, Inc. and DVR providing this same process to support individuals with developmental disabilities that were interested in customizing employment in order to develop sole proprietorship businesses. Since 2007, she has been the liaison self-employment coordinator in Dane County and surrounding areas.  Shannel is also a 500-hour yoga therapist, Reiki practitioner, a meditation student of Michael Stone and served on the YogAutism board of directors. She is passionate about building opportunities for marginalized populations to be integral members of our community.

Jeff Burkhart 

Jeff Burkhart is the Executive Director of Literacy Network of Dane County, a not-for-profit organization serving adults and families. He holds an M.S. Continuing and Vocational Education from University of Wisconsin- Madison and a BA Journalism from Indiana University.

Jeff brings 20 years of program development in the field of adult literacy. In his time at Literacy Network, the organization has created nationally recognized programs, expanded programming to 28 locations throughout Dane County, developed numerous partnerships to support adults and families, and moved into a new custom-designed learning center in South Madison in September 2016.


 


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If you would like to sponsor, email info@projectkinect.com. Check out sponsorship levels here

Hello Brilliant Change Agents!

What a zany year 2016 was!  Yes, zany. Some gleaming things did happen this year despite tremendous defeats. We must continue to mourn the loss of some monumental change agents including Mattie Colin, Jack Greenberg, David Bowie, Prince, Ruth Guber, Zaha Hadid, Vera Rubin, and most recently George Michaels, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Renolds, and Piers Sellers. These humans contributed so much to the betterment of humankind and acknowledging them with gratitude is the least we can do.

Some amazing social change did occur in 2016. Senator Elizabeth Warren smacked down Wells Fargo. The tiger population rose. India planted 10,000 trees in one day. We made it to Jupiter. Over 2000 veterans mobilized to support Standing Rock. Some incredible women of color were elected into high political seats. And, the Cubs winning the world series produced the 7^th largest peaceful gathering in the world. That’s a ton to celebrate and create a huge platform for people to find common ground!

For me personally, this new year brings a lot of anxiety. I am  practicing techniques to manifest my anxiety into fuel for the cause. I am invigorated to have my boots on the ground, fighting for what I believe in. I want to scream social justice and find ways, even though the obstacles are greater than ever, to make life more equitable for everyone. My dream is that as a society, we find courage and strength on an individual level and hold ourselves accountable for the future of everyone.

For the Project Kinect team, 2017 will be a huge year. We are working on a couple large endeavors in the realm of community engagement and visioning. These actions will assist in adding positions to our team and better become a sustainable social business our community can rely on. Additionally, we have been hired by some really great new organizations and events to assist in further delivering inspiring social change. We can’t wait!

Our two large annual events, the Social Change Forum and the Fall Food Cart Fest are growing in 2017. The Social Change Forum on March 2^nd will have more seats available so more change agents can participate.  The Fall Food Cart Fest will be moved downtown to mesh within the amazing vibrations of everything happening on the east side/downtown.

I am personally so thankful that Project Kinect is in its third year here in Madison. My enormous gratitude goes out to all of you in assisting to make Madison Project Kinect’s home.

With all my love in the new year,

Gregg & the PK Team

Check out the entire Newsletter here! 

 

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Madison, WI is full of some really amazing agents of change.  Most recently, Christine Ameigh, Owner of Slide food cart, David Rodriguez, owner of Melted food cart and Leia Boers, owner of Leia’s Lunchbox, have teamed up together to plan this trip to North Dakota to support the WATER PROTECTORS.

This trio has organized a crowdfunding campaign to get the money necessary to serve 4000 meals in this very loving but sometimes hostile environment. All the information can be found on the Generosity.com platform. Your contribution, no matter how small or large, will go directly into the stomach of one of these passionate protestors fighting to be on the right side of history. 

 

Here you can find more information about Slide Food Cart, Melted Food Cart, and Leia’s Lunchbox

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This year  for the first time, the 3rd Annual Fall Food Cart Fest is moving to the East Side Club in Madison, WI, on the shores of Lake Monona overlooking the Madison skyline. Organized by Project Kinect, Barten & Associates, and Let’s Eat Out! food cart coalition, the event will feature local food carts offering tasting menus at $4 or less, local craft beer and a line-up of local music and entertainers performing throughout the day. MadCity Bazaar, an urban popup flea market, will also have a unique selection of local vendors on-site. Beer, food and vendor sales will begin at 11am and run until 7pm.The Fall Food Cart Festival is an annual event that donates to Carts for Community’s community initiatives.

WHEN

October 2, 2016 • 11am to 7pm

WHERE

East Side Club

3735 Monona Drive

Madison, WI 53714

Free parking is available onsite.

LIVE MUSIC!!!

2:30 – 4pm: Kyle Megna and the Monsoons

5:30 – 7pm: Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes 

Tickets:

$5 – Eventbrite until Friday September 30th.

$10 – At door day of event

$25 – Fall Food Cart Package (Admission, 2 $4 featured menu items, 2 cocktails/beers, official FFCF t-shirt)

If you have any questions or are interested in sponsorships, please email info@projectkinect.com. We are currently looking for sponsors and volunteers. Sponsorship levels will be announced August 1st. 

The annual Fall Food Cart Fest is brought to you by… 

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Synergy Coworking and Project Kinect Combine Forces for HOME Campaign

HOME: Redefining the workplace and your home away from home

JULY 26, 2016 (MADISON, WI) – Synergy Coworking and Project Kinect announce the launch of the HOME Campaign. HOME: Holistically Optimizing Modern Endeavors. This campaign focuses on coworking and community building wherever it happens and how cooperatively, we can have a greater impact. The campaign will redefine the workplace and its role in the Madison community, bring visibility to and bridge work spaces, and encourage action to make Madison the home we want it to be.

This campaign will include partnerships that will deliver public forums, workshops, networking and other events. It will also include the Masterminds and Press Entrepreneurs series to be announced later this fall. We will be kicking the campaign off with a launch party on August 11th, 2016 from 5pm – 7:30pm in the parking lot of Synergy Coworking (5201 Old Middleton Rd). The event will have Let’s Eat Out! Food carts, Ale Asylum beer, and games to enjoy a nice evening outside.

Madison is freckled with brilliant coworking spaces and the HOME campaign aims to elevate Madison by adding an Urban Collaborative Model to the equation. Through this model we will create an open collaborative network of doers that join efforts and resources to advance a prepared, skilled, and inclusive Madison. The model will strengthen outreach, build capacity and increase impact. The Home campaign will be our launching pad and canvas to begin this work. 

Check out our updated page for upcoming campaign events

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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. 

However, THIS CANNOT BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT YOU!

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.

MISSION

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.  

COMMUNITY DINNERS

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. 

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.

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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

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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: http://www.btci.org/consciousness/.
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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 lisanunezpr@yahoo.com or Erin McWalter at erin@thehopsmuseum.org.

 
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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 info@projectkinect.com 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

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

 


Workshops

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


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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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