Rise of the Innerpreneur

William Charlton: Innerpreneur Spotlight

WilliamCharlton

WILLIAM CHARLTON

Founder of Premier Crew

I am:

Concerned about the direction the world is going. We are relying on models of behaviour that are no longer fit for our actual situation. The paternalistic, top-down, command and control, growth centric, use and throw away, win or lose, ways of behaving are creating more problems that they are solving. Inequalities of all sorts are growing and big changes are needed or our future does not look pretty. My aim is to help organisations adapt to the changing eco(nomic)system and to survive and prosper.

My passion is for:

Finding different ways of operating that harness the better (compassionate, empathetic, fairer and more long-sighted) side of our natures and which result in healthier, sustainable (in the wider sense) outcomes.

Which can be summed up as “Helping organisations build honest, fruitful relationships.”

My business helps you:

See the, often questionable, logic behind the dominant methodologies and find ways to do things that better fit the way we humans actually are and the realities of today’s world. By first identifying an organisation’s true purpose and then finding the most efficient ways of achieving that purpose – in a way that sustains both the organisation and the “stakeholder’s” interests. This all sounds very New-Age but without a clear purpose an organisation is truly not coherent.

Stakeholders include anyone affected by the organisation and its work, but the most important are those most impacted by what the organisation does and the way it does it – this is very often the employees – and then working on out, to the other groups that are affected or involved, including the less obvious ones.

My biggest challenge is:

Getting people to see beyond the “Conventional Wisdom” and to believe that change is possible, it can be very positive and can also be great fun.

I make a difference by:

Providing examples of different ways to think, organise and move forward.

I do a lot, and I mean a lot, of research, which is a hugely important aspect of understanding the wider picture. Sometimes I have to dig quite deeply to find reasons and causes, but they are there.

I have lots of ideas about:

Why we do things the way we do. The historical and cultural norms which we might think are immutable are, in the main, quite recent inventions.

Most people can see the problems, but they expect someone else – or technology – to solve them, and then we can carry on as before. I don’t believe we can afford to remain ignorant any longer, we must educate ourselves and adapt.

I have a model, which I call the Three Pillars of Wisdom. These are (to me) the three main aspects where we need to change. The first is the way we operate, especially but not exclusively, at work and our preparation for work (education): We have to change the methods and relationship models to meet peoples’ real needs. There are some excellent methodologies out there (Teal, Holacracy, Beyond Engagement and so on). Second is the economy: The cyclical boom and bust, growth-based model has failed and we urgently need to replace it with something like a Steady-State Model. And lastly: The way we produce and consume has a limited useful life expectancy, which, as we deplete our resources, is nearing its end. The only viable answer is some form of Circular Economy or Cradle-to-Cradle model.

There are of course many other issues in the world but these are the most tractable. Many of the other points of failure will, I believe, start to work or at least improve if we can sort these three areas out.
I’m also a big believer in collaboration, even if it sometimes seems like herding cats – the clue there is to not even consider herding as a methodology.

I’ve learned:

Nothing is quite what it seems and I too can be fooled into thinking that the old ways are best. However, I can also be fooled into thinking that all the old ways are wrong too. Stay alert, question everything – including oneself – seek the underlying, logical explanations and know that just because a problem is big, doesn’t mean it cannot be addressed.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

I have also learnt a simple truth; that many problems are much clearer when examined under that spotlight called honesty and the most profound insights come at the oddest times.

A favourite quote of mine:

Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist” – The economist, Kenneth Boulding

But also, I love;

Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member” – Groucho Mark

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

Natalie Cope: Innerpreneur Spotlight

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NATALIE COPE

Co-Founder of Bryt

Bryt Clothes | @Bryt_Clothes

I am:

Natalie Cope. I’m the co-founder of Bryt, pronounced ‘bright’ with James Foster.

My passion is for:

Designing great clothing products and putting a smile on people’s faces. Those are the two goals of the brand. It’s not enough anymore to get your clothing made in the UK (all ours is, down to the packaging) you’ve got to bring you’re A game and we have created a small niche. Bright coloured clothes only, hence the name Bryt. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of two but that’s 5% of the population that love a colourful statement piece is who we’re going after. 5% is good enough for us!

My business helps you:

Be brighter, be happier and more confident. To long are the days that fashion super powers don the magazines with blacks and greys. People feel they need to wear these bland colours to fit in with the rest of society. We want to be different. We want to be a beacon for change and stand up and say, “these bright clothes are about individuality, colour and self-confidence.”

My biggest challenge is:

Squeezing into the fashion industry. We’re are launching on Kickstarter on the 28th April. A big day. Hopefully we will burst onto the fashion scene with some zest! We are keeping things super simple by only releasing our first set of sock designs. 9 designs only to keep your choice easy. We’ve got 100’s of designs ready to go into production ranging from underwear and swimwear to everyday wear. But we figured keeping it super simple to start was our best bet.

I make a difference by:

Injecting outrageous colour into our designs. Hopefully I give our wearers a jolt. A splash of colour to lighten their day up.

I have lots of ideas about:

How to change the industry and be a very small niche. Bright colours only isn’t something the fashion industry has seen before but, we’re looking forwards to turning some heads.

I’ve learned:

The process of design, to sampling to production. What a whirlwind ride. Although I have been designing clothes and patterns for many years, I have never gone through the processes of creating my own clothes. And there is a lot to learn. Especially for us, because we’re a small fish in a big sea!

A favourite quote of mine:

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your actions. – Dalai Lama

I love this. So many people expect to be happy 100% of the time. That’s just not the way the world rotates. We all have ups and downs and that’s just fine. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t increase how happy and content we feel in general.

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

James Cervelloni: Innerpreneur Spotlight

James Cervelloni

JAMES CERVELLONI

Co-Founder, Partner and Certified Transformational Coach at
Mindopoly Center for Personal and Professional Change in Rochester, NY

Mindopoly Centre for Change @Mindopoly

I am:

a certified Changework professional with over 20 years of experience, specializing in Educational and Transformational Coaching.

My passion is for:

helping people discover who they really are behind the small story they have of themselves, and to find the One Thing they want most in life but rarely, if ever, get to have. I believe that the relentless quest for this One Thing is what drives everything people do, though often unknowingly, and in ways that ironically keep them from having it.

My business helps you:

to discover your Essential Self — what you might call your True Nature — to define the one thing you want most in life, and uncover and eliminate the hidden obstacles that are keeping you from having it. Mindopoly’s unique approach helps you realize the keys to unlocking your untapped potential by teaching you how to transform the way you see yourself and the world in a radically new way.

My biggest challenge is:

finding a larger stage to educate others about the unseen but All-Too-Obvious misperception most people have about the true cause of unhappiness, conflicts and suffering. At Mindopoly Center for Change we call it “The World’s Deadliest Belief.” Essentially, this belief holds as true that “other people, objects and events are the cause of how I think, feel and behave,” and that “I’m responsible for how others think, feel and behave.”

This core belief is the foundation of the social chaos in the world today. It’s responsible for the creation of the bully-victim relationship, the relentless need for control — often through violence — and is responsible for more pain, unhappiness and death in the world than all natural disasters combined.

Another challenge for me is mastering the power of social media and the influence one well-placed message can have. I’m currently working on a project that will help bring my message to a global audience.

I make a difference by:

helping people become aware of some basic truths:

  • You’re far more than who you think you are. Your Essential Okay-ness is independent of other’s opinions of you or circumstances outside of yourself. It isn’t a thing you have to ‘get.’ It’s the essence of your True Identity.
  • We all have life circumstances and challenges, many of which are outside of our control. However, the manner in which we meet these challenges and the meaning we make of them — for good or for bad — is up to each of us.
  • We give meaning to the people and things in our world through our beliefs and judgments. We assign them labels like good or bad and right or wrong based on our real or imagined experience with them. Judgments aren’t real in that they can’t be proven in a science lab as factual. Therefore, they’re not inherent in the natural world of people and things.
  • Each of us lives life according to what we believe to be true about the world and ourselves, even if what we believe to be true — isn’t.
  • Your greatest super power as a human being is your ability to create new empowering beliefs, meanings and judgments — and therefore a new reality. Learning to use this as a practical way of navigating life’s challenges is vital for living a self-empowered life.

I have lots of ideas about:

how The World’s Deadliest Belief is the main cause of conflict and suffering in personal, professional and world community relationships. I’m dedicated to teaching the one thing that you can do to change its influence on how you think, feel and behave. It’s a way to have peace in your world right now, even when the world at large seems insane. I believe that by changing this one perspective, we hold the power to change our world one mind at a time.

How educating kids about The World’s Deadliest Belief can end the rampant problem of bullying in schools today — in fact, bullying in all contexts.

How we need a practical approach to “Living-wise in an Other-wise World.” It’s the basis of Mindopoly’s Cooperative Engagement Model developed by my partner at Mindopoly, Lucia Pinizotti.

I’ve learned:

that the greatest cause of psychological suffering is that we believe our limited story of the world and who we are in it is true. It isn’t.

The proper treatment for unhappiness and many emotional ‘illnesses’ isn’t drugs. The cure is to correct the true cause — which in most cases is to correct erroneous thinking.

People are capable of great positive change and will embrace it willingly when their highest intentions are understood and honored.

In spite of appearances to the contrary, and though at times it may seem insane to try, it’s best to strive to see perfection. Most everything else is a symptom of the World’s Deadliest Belief.

A favourite quote of mine:

What you’re looking for is where you’re looking from. (Mooji)

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

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

Be Bold Or Italic, Never Regular.

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.

Pam Abrahamsson: Innerpreneur Spotlight

Pam Abrahamsson

PAM ABRAHAMSSON
Founder of Rustica Gift & Pottery

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I am:

Pam Abrahamsson, the founder of Rustica Gift & Pottery, a destination for the color, history and beauty that is Talavera pottery from colonial Mexico!

My passion is for:

Bringing the unique and beautiful to people in a way which helps other people have better lives.

My business helps you:

Make your world more colorful and beautiful by making it affordable to purchase original art pottery for your home – while helping others with every purchase.

My biggest challenge is:

To not be impatient! The artisans craft each piece carefully by hand…it cannot be hurried and I have to wait for the pottery to be created.

I make a difference by:

Helping Mexico’s Talavera artisans continue their centuries old craft through the sale of their work, and by donating a portion of the pottery proceeds to a wonderful organization named IPODERAC – dedicated to providing housing, food, education and skills training… most of all a sense of home!… to the street children of Puebla, Mexico.

I have lots of ideas about:

OH MY! Where to start???!!! OK…I have ideas about:

  • It’s never too late: No really, all you have to do is wake up and take that one step down the path. There’s always an opportunity to live your dreams.
  • It’s ok to learn: It’s perfectly great to not know something and be willing to learn. However, it’s never acceptable to embrace mediocrity.
  • You can live with purpose: You may not be Ghandi (that position has been taken) but you CAN live with purpose, and make the world a better place through ways big and small..simply by being the best you can be.
  • Don’t apologize for what you love: You were put on this planet to have purpose, and to create meaning from that purpose. Much of this purpose comes from knowing what you love, and acting on it. I love Talavera pottery; it’s history, it’s beauty, the dedication of the artisans…so why would I NOT create my livelihood by making this beauty available to the world?

I’ve learned:

  • It’s not as difficult as you think: Small steps, tapping into that amazing resource called the web… and breathing deep goes far in making the seemingly complex simple.
  • It is however, not as fast as you think: Learning, doing, creating does not always happen on the schedule you would like. I’ve learned the Talavera pottery wouldn’t be nearly as beautiful if it was churned out quickly on an assembly line. Each piece is made just for us at Rustica… slower, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • There’s no point in doing something if it doesn’t deliver good: Why start a business if it can’t help others? Or make you smile and feel GOOD about what you do? My work won’t just simply sell dishware, it’ll bring original art into people’s homes, help the artisan’s continue their craft AND help homeless children get a good shot at a better live.

A favourite quote of mine:

What are you waiting for? – Lope de Vega

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.