Rise of the Innerpreneur

Grace Clapham & Solonia Teodros: Innerpreneur Spotlight

The Change School

GRACE CLAPHAM & SOLONIA TEODROS
Co-Founders of The Change School

@TheChangeSchool
Grace Clapham | Solonia Teodros

We are:

Changepreneurs

My passion is for:

Solonia: Helping individuals and organisations become global citizens through community engagement, social innovation, cultural understanding and human-centered design.

Grace: Helping individuals maximize their potential, connecting sectors and cultures, bridging gaps, enabling and inspiring individuals and organisations to live more creatively and collaboratively for collective impact.

Our business helps you:

Our business helps you align passion and purpose for impact while connecting you to an international community of global citizens

My biggest challenge is:

Solonia: Saying ‘no’. When all you want to do is good work and help others to do good work, saying ‘no’ to exciting opportunities in order to stay focused and on track is a constant challenge. I’m getting better at this though! :)

Grace: There are too many things to do can’t do them all. I want to create enough impactful change in a faster period of time and change systems and mindsets.

I make a difference by:

Solonia: Challenging traditional notions of (individual/organisational) identity, storytelling, facilitating intercultural interactions and understanding, and through ground-up initiatives I drive for and with local communities.

Grace: Creating new spaces and communities whilst building new ecosytems in order to break barriers and drive change for a better understanding of each other, cultures and the world.

I have lots of ideas about:

Solonia: The immense value and potential of multiculturals – citizens of the world. As the world becomes more connected, the great leaders of tomorrow will be those who are curious and open to the unknown; risk-takers with the ability to adapt to and embrace change. Coming from a diverse background, being multilingual and/or being exposed to different cultures is a great advantage that I believe should be encouraged, nurtured and challenged to catalyze societal change.

Grace: How individuals can work better together with an understanding of themselves, emergence and systems change/thinking. Being a Third Culture Kid I am consistently thinking of ways that we can connect the dots across cultures and build a future society of global citizens.

I’ve learned:

Solonia: The best advice you can take in life is that of your own intuition. Rather than being stubborn or closed to new perspectives, this is about taking the time and space to invest in yourself – body, mind and soul – in order to understand who you are, what you want and where you want to go. It takes time to find clarity, resilience to go through the process and openness to trying every/any thing to realise what you love. Friends, family, mentors and coaches are your support system but, for me, the exciting journey begins when you’ve learned to trust yourself.

Grace: Living by Maya Angelous motto “If you don’t like something, change it, if you can’t change it, change your attitude” – after having my own transition and coming to a crossroads I realised that change needs to come from within first before you can make the necessary changes in the external world. I have also learned that it’s not easy making the change but if you are committed and want to make long lasting change you have to keep at it and surround yourselves with individuals who will keep pushing your boundaries and nurture you to grow always. We can never learn too much but we must learn how to learn and unlearn and re-learn always in life.

A favourite quote of mine:

Solonia

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela

Grace

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If you would you like to be considered for an upcoming “Innerpreneur Spotlight”, please contact me.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Terry Kozlyk: Innerpreneur Spotlight

Terry Kozlyk

TERRY KOZLYK
Principle Content Creator & Curator (CCC) of TDKtalks.com

find me on linkedin or twitter

I am:

a thinker, writer, speaker, observer, problem solver, and idea philanthropist.

My passion is for:

connecting, learning and working with other like-minded individuals or organizations so I can further enhance my portfolio toolkit of offerings.

My business helps you:

by getting your story out and giving you more visibility. After asking the right questions and listening, I always attempt to see if there is something I can do to help you out. If there isn’t, I will say so and not waste your time.

My biggest challenge is:

wanting to know how and why things work (or don’t). When I was small, it was most things physical. As I grew it traversed into relationships and human dynamics.

I make a difference by:

taking the time to meet, listen and converse with others.

I have lots of ideas about:

the human spirit, potential and capability.

I’ve learned:

not to doubt my opinion, not to give up, not to shortchange myself, not to disregard any ideas I conceive, but also be realistic and not waste time on relationships that I do not feel are bilateral.

A favourite quote of mine:

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. – Charles Darwin

AND

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

A note from Tara: If you would you like to be considered for an upcoming “Innerpreneur Spotlight”, .

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.

Are You An Innerpreneur?

Where the Word ‘Innerpreneur’ Came From

I didn’t make it up.

The book, Karma Queens, Geek Gods and Innerprenuers, by Ron Rentel, was the first, to my knowledge, to use and define the term innerpreneur. (Editor’s Note: I now know this to be incorrect.) The book is an exploration of the nine most interesting consumer types evolving today.

The Making of an Innerpreneur

An innerpreneur is an entrepreneur who use their business to find personal fulfillment (creatively, spiritually, emotionally) and create social change.

You may have heard the terms ‘creative class‘, ‘creative capitalism‘, or ‘cultural creative‘ used to describe us as well. Basically, we want to use business to improve the world and ourselves.

We have the defining entrepreneurial traits. We have a(n):

  • high need for achievement
  • high need for independence
  • low need for conformity
  • internal locus of control
  • love of ambiguity
  • propensity for risk-taking
  • obsession with opportunity

But innerpreneurs are characteristically different as we start businesses to aid in our personal growth rather than that of a company’s. We start our businesses so we can find personal fulfillment and satisfaction through our work.

We are driven by our need to realize our full potential, to make a difference and to constantly learn and evolve.

Further Characteristics of an Innerpreneur

  • you believe you should do what you are and what you love
  • you see the world in a different way than most
  • you let your values and passion for exploration guide your life
  • you have an innate need to be creative and honest, to follow your own unique path
  • you want to make things different; you are attracted to industries that improve the world
  • you may alternate periods of career focus with periods of reflection and/or adventure

I’m an Innerpreneur

Karma Queens, Geek Gods and InnerpreneursAfter reading the chapter on Innerpreneurs in Karma Queens, Geek Gods and Innerpreneurs, I quickly identified my needs and desires as one of an innerpreneur.

Just before reading the book I had just decided to start my own business. I had realized that I had to in order to have the life I desired. I want to write, to learn, to help people, and use the web to create change.

I have always been hesitant to label myself, to put myself in a box of any sort but I couldn’t help but smile and take a deep breath of relief when I read the profile. It is always nice to belong somewhere.

The Point of ‘Rise of the Innerpreneur’

This blog is dedicated to promoting innerpreneurship and helping innerpreneurs, like you, make their businesses a success.

Hello! I’m Tara, a wizard of less obvious things. I love hearing from you, so please feel free to connect with me.

I deeply appreciate your support of my work—through allowing it to grow in your imagination, through sharing it with others, and through your financial support.