I do a lot of thinking about social entrepreneurs.
You could say I’ve become a little obsessed with the movement towards building businesses for good. (It would be true, I am.)
Along this path that I’ve been walking for a short time, there is one thing I can definitively say for sure:
It’s lonely out here, man!
Tell me if this doesn’t sound familiar…
You’re all jazzed about an idea that you’re working on, whether it’s a new element of your business you’re launching, a challenge you’re trying to solve, a recent success, or the like, practically bursting at the seams with passion, and want to share it with those around you, but….
… no one quite seems to get it.
“Oh, wow….” “
That sounds interesting…. wanna order some pizza?”
Even if you are tapped into a community of social entrepreneurs or changemakers wherever you live or work, people’s time and resources are limited.
So you find yourself working again, on a Saturday night, bent over your laptop, all by your lonesome.
Definitely not speaking from experience here. (cough)
You’ve tried to tap into those Facebook groups you belong to that kinda relate to your topic, but no one is seeming to bite or your thought-provoking questions and jaw-dropping insights. Or perhaps more appropriately, your cries for help and guidance from wiser and seemingly more with-it peers.
Where to turn?
You, madam or sir, need a mastermind group.
Does anyone else get flashbacks to watching Pinky and the Brain when you hear mastermind? I do.
But I digress.
To be honest, I didn’t really know what mastermind groups were until a few weeks ago.
Then, right around the same time, I stumbled across two sites that have since been monumental in helping me continue to build my own social enterprise: Creators for Good and theSedge.org.
If you are a social entrepreneur who likes learning from smart women doing kickass things in the world, start there, young grasshopper.
The founders of these two sites, Solène and Danielle, have done what all great collaborators do, and put their heads together to create something amazing.
A place for social entrepreneurs around the world to come together in the name of their shared passion.
And so was born (or so I imagine) –– the Changemakers Association.
Changemakers Association (CA) is a place for people who care about effecting positive social change around the world to learn, experiment, grow their ideas, collaborate, and do all sorts of other cool stuff.
It’s a place where you can find your people. The ones who get it, and aren’t thinking about ordering a pizza while you talk about your idea.
I’m a newcomer to the CA, as they just reopened membership for a limited time this week, but so far I can attest to the resource-filled and thoughtful learning modules designed to help you think deeply about your social impact ideas and devise plans of action to help you map your success.
Apart from all the cool stuff you can do on your own inside the CA portal, you also find community within a private Facebook group, filled with other peeps who want to learn and grow with you.
Not to mention the collaborative mentoring sessions they do with members every month.
(Cue the Haaaallelujah song)
Seriously, I’m that excited about it. - Nerd Alert -
Before you run over and sign up immediately for your free trial week, one thing.
Danielle and Solène definitely didn’t pay me to say any of this –– I don’t have that celeb sponsorship cred yet –– but, CA has an affiliate program that I’m a part of, so if you do end up signing up, I’ll get a little kickback… enough for a few cups of coffee, which as you all know, is the nectar of my life.
But mostly, I write this cause I’m selfish and wanna learn from and collaborate with you, reader.
Come to the dark side.
Jk, it’s the good side.
Your fellow masterminds await you. See ya there?
Let's change the world.
Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.