Transforming communities is hard work. That may go without saying, but when your job is about helping your neighborhood, city or region thrive, talking about being underpaid, burnt out and frustrated with the slow pace of change is kind of frowned upon. As ecosystem builders, we amplify the work of local makers, doers and innovators by championing their efforts and rallying support around them. And maybe most importantly, we build a culture of trust and collaboration among all stakeholders, so that the doers and innovators among us have equal access to information, talent and resources when they need them. On Ecosystems for Change we'll explore how ecosystem building can help us unleash the full potential of the makers, doers, innovators and visionaries in our communities. And I’ll be talking with my guests about the tactics and practical skills they use in their everyday work and what they do to prevent burning the candle at both ends.
E. 3.1 - Burn Both Ends: The Mental, Physical, and Emotional Toll of Ecosystem Building
In season 3, I talk to practitioners who can help us build a solid foundation of physical, mental and emotional health so that we can stay in this game of ecosystem building for a long time to come!
E. 3.2 - Creativity, Reputation and Boundaries in the Social Impact Space with Isaac Jeffries
Isaac Jeffries and I chatted about setting and upholding boundaries to ensure we don’t disappoint ourselves or the people around us who matter. We also talked about having the guts to share your work, managing your energy, and staying true to your ethical compass.
E. 3.3 - Redefining Fitness: The Ebb and Flow of Self-Acceptance and Mental Health with Alex Boross-Harmer
Alex Boross-Harmer has taken a holistic and empathetic approach to helping others move their body. Alex talks about their transition from Barbie to Ken with an ink sleeve, making the fitness industry more human and honoring their own needs.
E. 3.4 - Honoring Life's Ups and Downs with Candace Dalmagne-Rouge
I wanted you all to meet Candace because she has lived the startup life of acceleration, ecosystem building, and Silicon Valley and has come out the other end intact to start a business that is deeply aligned with her personal experience and purpose.
E 3.5 - The Value of Therapy and Building Your Own Support Network with David Hirsch
David Hirsch shares with us his experience with burnout as a community builder. David talks about not only the mental and emotional toll, but the physical manifestations of his work-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
E 3.6 - Slow Your Roll: Creating a Healthy Lifestyle with Shelly Rose
Shelly Rose and I talk about sleep, nutrition, staying hydrated, taking good care of your nervous system - which I think we could all use some advice on.