Something many who act passionately to help people victimized by homelessness lament, are the individuals who will not engage with services, even when they are offered with no strings attached. There are varying degrees of “service resistance” within the population as a whole, and many times that degree is prescribed by the mental and physical health of the individual.
It’s exciting to watch people start, in earnest, their entrepreneurial journeys. That’s part of what makes me a passionate facilitator of Startup Weekend. Between the skills I have as a service designer, and the programming Startup Weekend created, inducing a flowing event is possible in almost any circumstance.
Ms. Smith was afraid. Her fear was a common one: if I share my idea, someone will steal it. I hear it a lot when working with entrepreneurs as a part of Startup Weekend. This fear is a consequence of past experiences, missed opportunities and rejection. Asking someone to speak about their most passionate thoughts is never easy. Seeing others go first might have inspired her.
Given half a chance, anyone can innovate. With the right opportunity, anyone has the ability to make a difference. Whether an idea means to benefit themselves or their companies, they are important. Our team at Constant Contact helps colleagues flex their idea muscles at “Innovation Jams.” InnoJams give employees an opportunity to step away from their typical duties. Instead, they spend the time connecting with colleagues and new ideas.