Rise of the Innerpreneur

William Charlton: Innerpreneur Spotlight

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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.

Ebele Mogo: Innerpreneur Spotlight

Ebele Mogo

EBELE MOGO
PRESIDENT of ENGAGE AFRICA FOUNDATION
find me on twitter / or email me

I am:

a dreamer girl who laughs a lot, asks too many questions, has a curious case of wanderlust and loves to get people together to get amazing things done.

My passion is for:

sharing ideas, connecting deeply, and the growth and expression of myself and everyone around me.

My business helps you:

Engage Africa Foundation was in response to my frustration that no one was talking about how chronic diseases are poised to be the leading cause of death in Africa. It helps you to be a part of the solution, to explore your gifts, and to gain experience.

Street-Side Convos is a new space for people with entrepreneurial ideas get to peek into the journey of others like themselves and hopefully know they already have what it takes to use their heart, creativity and ‘different-ness’ to make the world a better place.

I have other businesses too. Others are online products, and an organic herbal tea business (Eby’s Tea Africana). I and my father (Uche Mogo) found that the ‘zobo’ plant is great for fighting chronic diseases and boosting immunity so we have a business and a factory run mostly with solar energy in Lagos, Nigeria to reduce unemployment, build the economy sustainably, and to contribute to healthier lifestyles in Nigeria.

I am also in the business of playing with words too. My poetry tries to make words of the spaces in my own soul and hopefully draw others into theirs.

My biggest challenge is:

Finding the best way to bring all the aspects of myself together without overthinking things. I’m still figuring out my vocation. Sometimes I feel like a cat chasing a laser pointer and it overwhelms me – see here:

I make a difference by:

Being myself.

I have lots of ideas about:

solving problems, making things better, stories, helping people around me achieve their dreams.

I’ve learned:

That any pursuit that is worthwhile has to bring us face to face with ourselves. And not to be afraid of that.

A favourite quote of mine:

Criticize by creating. – Michelangelo

A note from Tara: I am no longer featuring monthly Innerpreneur Spotlights on Rise of the Innerpreneur and instead will be hosting occasional features on an Innerpreneur. 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.

Shabnam Karimi: August 2013 Innerpreneur Spotlight

Shabnam Karimi

Shabnam Karimi
Founder
Project Doable!
Find us on YouTube \ on Facebook

I am:

A social entrepreneur.

My passion is for:

Connecting the world’s most creative and practical solutions to communities with systematically unmet needs.

My business helps you:

By engaging you in your global community, allowing you to utilize your networks, resources and knowledge to make the world a better place.

My biggest challenge is:

Winning over the pessimists.

I make a difference by:

Recognizing a gap in international development work and building a operational model that breeds sustainability and collaboration.

I have lots of ideas about:

How to engage communities in solving their own problems.

I’ve learned:

It’s always more difficult that it seems. You should expect that, plow through the challenges and more often than not there is a light at the end of the tunnel…it’s just that the tunnel is a lot longer than most people anticipate.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who actually do.” – Steve Jobs

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

Jesse Barger: June 2013 Innerpreneur Spotlight

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Jesse Barger
Home Medical Equipment Provider & Adviser
We Keep You Rolling!
Find me on Twitter \ on Facebook

I am:

An insufferably curious recovering conformist.

My passion is for:

Establishing a lifestyle for my family and I which intertwines seamlessly between business, charity, family time, & adventurous endeavors.

My business helps you:

Provide, maintain, and/or restore independence and quality of life for those that have mobility limitations, chronic pain conditions, or other physical issues. We do this by finding the right medical devices for people to assist them, and by repairing, maintaining, and upgrading their existing devices.

My biggest challenge is:

See #2 :>) Probably narrowing down the projects I’d like to get involved with from a business perspective. I’ve found since starting that once you began to creatively problem solve and come up with ideas, it’s actually quite a challenge to shut it down a bit and focus on the action part.

I make a difference by:

The way I go about interacting with people in each job or situation that arises. I’m not a “traditional” artist of any type; can’t carry a tune, draw a straight line, or strum a guitar. My art if you will, is that I feel I do an excellent job of treating each job and client as unique and reading them accurately to see how to best approach their particular problem or challenge. This is really the most important natural skill that I possess.

I have lots of ideas about:

Running a conventional business in unique and non-conventional ways. It’s one thing to be considered unique when you have labels like “digital nomad” or “location independent”. I believe it’s a bit more challenging when you do something more mainstream in a different way.

I’ve learned:

You can’t be everything to everyone. However, you can build networks of responsible service providers to work together with and help people with as many different types of needs within your industry as possible.

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are made for….” – Grace Hopper

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