Akin to the style of SpongeBob, my ability to cause trouble for finding new ways to do things was a badge I wore proudly.
The barrage of ‘that’s not how we do things here’ was fuel to my bag of fiery ideas. I challenged them. I dug my heels in and gave them multiple reasons why I was right. I was seven. And I was trying to explain to my teacher that I had changed my name. I lost that fight. My primary school bucket list had one thing on it, a politician. At 15 I tripled the price of the school canteen snacks to bring in a profit margin. And now? Now I have realised that being an idea generator, a creative thinker, an ‘outside the box’ human is a good thing, albeit without the price hike.
The world needs those who will challenge the status quo. For without them, we can’t evolve and grow.
What if we, the people, rose up to the knowledge that the power is in our hands?
What would happen if we looked around at our neighbours and realised the skills living amongst us? What if we could change Esperance, together?
Introducing, ‘The Village – connect. collaborate. create.’ The newest way to build tribe through asset based community development.
A fancy way of saying that everyone has value, everyone is equal, and everyone has a role to perform in the growth of others and self.
The Village hosts platforms developed for the tribe to connect, collaborate and create. Launch Pad is the first platform off the rank. Dinner crowd funding micro grants for innovative projects in Esperance. Simply put, ideas are submitted, with four chosen. Tribe then pay $10 to attend a shared dinner and receive a vote they can cast towards one of the ideas pitched at the Launch Pad event.
The idea with the most votes scores the entire pot of money to start or expand their idea. The winner returns at the next Launch Pad to give an update. People power at its finest.
The ideas can be from filling a pothole to creating a public mural. Anything. As long as it benefits Esperance.
Sunday, November 26 is the first Launch Pad, venue to be revealed, with ideas due by November 11. So Esperance, send your ideas in and let’s build tribe together.