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- Many of us embraced innerpreneurialism after first trying (and disliking) more conventional careers and professions.
- We are credited with the rise in popularity of cause marketing.
The idea that businesses should give back has become more mainstream because of our influence on society.
- Innerpreneurs are credited with creating New Urbanism, a social movement against suburbanism.
In the heart of small cities like Portland, Oregon new communities are being built by innerpreneurs. In them, the houses are closer together, there are sidewalks and bike lanes and the community is a mixture of residential, office and retail. Glenwood Park in Atlanta, Georgia is a thriving example of what the New Urbanism movement has created.
- Sabbaticals are popular with innerpreneurs who can’t change careers completely.
Sabbaticals give part-time innerpreneurs a chance to explore parts of themselves that their career does not allow.
- Popular innerpreneurial pursuits include: life coach counseling, blogging, athletic challenges, volunteering and vacations with meaning.
- Notable innerpreneurs include:
Jaime Clarke – Adveturer-Lecturer
Nina Planck – Food Writer and Expert on Farmers Markets
Dr. Joseph Helms – Medical Innovator
Gary Hirshberg – CE-Yo of Stoneyfield Farm
Carlo Petrini – Founder of the Slow Food Movement
Jack Cogen – Environmental Financier
- While Cultural Creatives are members of the ‘creative class’, we are not the ‘creative class’.
The ‘creative class’ defines those who are employed in fields ranging from science and engineering to architecture and design, and from arts, music, and entertainment to the creative professions law, business and finance, health care and related fields. This class of people is defined by what they do, not by their world-views.
- A defining characteristic of Innerpreneurs, and Cultural Creatives in general, is our ability to see ourselves as part of something bigger.
We see that everything relates as an interwoven piece of nature. This way of thinking is called Systems Thinking.
- 60% of Cultural Creatives are women.
- There are two branches of Cultural Creative’s – Green CC’s and Core CC’s.
We are pretty much split down the middle with there being slightly more Green CC’s. Core CC’s are much more fascinated by personal growth and spirituality, as well as social activism.Green CC’s values are much more extroverted and less intensely held. And they tend to have a more traditional religious point of view. What we both share is our desire to make things better, both socially and environmentally. Innerpreneurs are members of the Core CC branch. While social entrepreneurs are members of the Green CC branch.
- We are no more liberal or conservative, left or right than the average Westerner.
We are what could best be described as retro-progressive, a combination of both ideals. This very fact will be our greatest tool in healing the current culture war between Modern and Traditional.
- A fair number of us belong to religious conservative denominations.
While most nonstandard believers of Eastern religions and spirituality are CC’s, they are a minority in the subculture. We are also Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Chrisitan Scientists and agnotistics.
- Each of us followed the same 4 steps to becoming a Cultural Creative.
- We are not the first counterculture to defect from Modernism.
The Traditionals were the first, beginning their movement around 1870. This is interesting as it is contrary to the claims of Traditionals. They argue that Moderns were the ones who departed from what was conventional.
- Our movement is a healing movement.
We desire for things to be made whole. For mankind to wake up to their true desires.