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StartingBloc is my TRIBE.

"Be around the light bringers, the magic makers, the world shifters, the game shakers.They challenge you, break you open, uplift & expand you. They don't let you play small with your life. These heartbeats are your people. These people are your tribe." — I am Her Tribe


StartingBloc is a non-profit that hosts four social innovation institutes a year in LA, DC, NYC, and NOLA for people who are committed to social impact work. No matter what sector, public, private, entrepreneur, intrapreneur, artist, activist all are welcome here. Through five days of interactive workshops and group discussions, you learn about a range of tools and topics from human-centered design to rapid prototyping, polarity mapping, diversity and inclusion, and tools for transformative action. What's even more meaningful to me is that you get to connect with 70+ other fellows at your institute and join a network of thousands of social change leaders that represent 60 countries worldwide.

Having said that, the best way I can describe the energy of StartingBloc is this: Imagine you are a modern explorer who has forged your own path in living a life of purpose and adventure. Along the way you have picked up numerous tools and treasures and put them in your backpack. Then one day you hear whispers of a gathering of explorers from around the globe. You're not quite sure what it is or if you'll make it but you're hellbent on trying so for days you trek until you reach the summit.

At the summit you find 70 other modern explorers who have been forging their own paths and putting their own unique tools and treasures in their backpacks. You are overflowing with excitement as you all unpack and share your discoveries. With each person you feel like you're looking into a mirror of another life you could live and you think, "WOW, I found you, you found me, and holy buckets there are so many of us!!!" You’re dancing in awe thinking about how you’ve taken all of these different paths only to arrive at this exact place at this exact time. That everything in each of your lives has led up to this moment and its special because who knows if you’ll all ever be here, quite like this again so you think if that's the case, it's time to make some goddamn magic...BOOM!

Having attended as a Fellow at LA '15 and now Mentor at NOLA '16, I can wholeheartedly say there is SO MUCH MORE MAGIC to experience AND you’ll discover it for yourself when you APPLY TODAY.

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