The lure of networking with people in the know is what inspired me to volunteer at the Global Shifts Social Enterprise Conference.
Even though I have a clue about what direction Celebrate Living History is heading, it’s hard to separate all the information to make a viable future.
Sometimes it’s difficult to work solo on a project, especially if there are no tangible indicators to show what type of job your doing.
I know I have potential members of the board, I can contact but the barrier is there my good mates and they just want to help me out.
What I really need are people who are passionate about what I do rather than who I am. Also those who can compliment my skills and help out in the areas that I’m not good at!
Even though I’ve been working at becoming a not-for-profit social enterprise for months, there are always barriers I’m eager to get going but in reality I’m not going anywhere.
I realised while listening to the speakers at the conference the one key phrase repeated was “Ask for help” it makes sense I could wallow trying or I could use my existing contacts to make a difference!
My mind started ticking I have done the hard yards and already established contacts within community groups, media, seniors and universities
It was like a bomb went off my eyes lit up and suddenly the idea of working with the U3A to apply for grants took hold.
Finally there is a path that seems doable rather than exploring legalities that I’m not good at, its hard to become a not-for-profit social enterprise if you have no clue what your doing or even a proper board that will support you!
While I was surrounded by inspirational speakers one that stood out included Chris Raine who I had met earlier in my journalism student days.
Back then he was working for Fresh an agency in Brisbane, I didn’t come to see him but to interview Adam Penburthy the owner.
Who would have known the path he was going to take would inspire me to keep chugging along.
Its funny Chris mentioned he gave up his full time job to pursue his passion and went on to become a winner of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme Best New Business Award.
Even though his idea Hello Sunday Morning is a social enterprise it still had a lot of standing and beat so many other entrepreneurs.
His path inspires me as I am also on the NEIS scheme and even though I feel like I’m failing, I’m not really it’s just a matter of time before the future brightens.
The story of STREET founder Rebecca Scott is also very motivating she was talking about how she had many dark days before STREET started to become viable.
Especially during the first two years where her own funds were ultilised to get STREET up and running.
Listening to Rebecca made me feel so much better about Celebrate Living History especially during the first few months I have poured so much money, time and effort into laying a solid foundation.
So far I have not made a profit but I do see the potential and have loved spreading the word of positive aging, chatting to seniors and in particular being a mentor to university students.
I hope one day there is a viable future for what I do and I can really nurture relationships between seniors and youth to celebrate stories about history, culture and community.
There is a future I just got to find my glasses because I have a feeling it’s going to be bright!