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Groundswell Community Marketplace on Granville Island

Groundswell Community Marketplace on Granville Island


The Groundswell Community Marketplace is about
inspiring people to move towards a community focused, people first economy. I took part in the Social Venture mentorship
program at Groundswell community, and what I’m doing is I’m providing alternatives to people for
slow fashion, so I’m addressing the impact of the fast fashion world. I’m here to test out my products, so this is my
second time trying to sell and see what people like, to promote upcycling. What I’m trying to do is reduce waste and
make useful and beautiful things out of waste products. The two main goals is one, that we really
want to showcase this new, socially minded, collaborative economy, the other goal is really
to build the community of social ventures we have. What we have is an organic lemon, ginger and
honey tea. We are also very socially conscious, we try
to do the best that we can with all of our ingredients, in sourcing it, organic, we use
fresh local honey from local apiaries. We’re here to build collaborative economies,
just economies, ones that are based on more than just an exchange of the dollar. Each of these businesses are doing amazing
things on their own, but it’s when they come together that we can make more of an impact. It was the first social entrepreneurship society
that I ever heard had a lot of good values and morals. I created Farewick, which is selling British
breakfast baps, and it’s very much supporting small farmers that are raising their animals
in an ethical way, and basically, low-impact, responsible farming practices. So I’m trying to support them. I like it when I work with other people who
have the same values as I do. For me it makes me feel like I have a place
in the world. I don’t see anybody here as a vendor, they’re
all community members. For me, a community members needs to be value
aligned: you need to believe in the local economy.
It’s an incubator market for all these businesses, so it’s really about testing and trying their
products and services. I went through the Groundswell program. I’ve always had a dream to build an organization
that empowers street-involved youth through movement, so the market’s been a really good
test to get the word out, to start raising money for the youth program and the salaries
of the coaches and to participate in this awesome community! It’s not this solo prototype of an entrepreneur,
we want to be entrepreneurs, but in a community, value-based setting.

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