News for the New Year!
The Meaningful Work Project is one of 18 initiatives supported by the Cooperators IMPACT! Alumni Grant for Phase 3 of our work.
In the next 7 months, we plan to create and pilot a process called the LifeJAM that focuses on supporting the ‘how’ of social entrepreneurship. The grant funds hosting a series of LifeJAMs and the creation of a LifeJAM instruction manual. Finally, it allows the project to use professional facilitators to develop the program and train the Meaningful Work team to run it self-sufficiently.
A LifeJAM is a facilitated process that assists participants to gain more clarity around a specific topic of inquiry. It is a space where a group of people come together to help an individual explore, refresh, invigorate and create a vision for a project, a business endeavour or another specific decision relating to creating meaningful work.
A story about taking chances
“If I could offer once piece of advice, it would be to always go to that presentation, or community gathering, or potluck, or workshop, or trip, or – whatever it may be – because you never know what it might lead to!”
In 2010, Vanessa Hanel took a chance and signed up for the first Meaningful Work Retreat. That experience set her on a serendipitous journey into permaculture and sustainable agriculture with Big Sky Permaculture, then off to Cuba, back to study with Verge Permaculture, and finally, to work with Organic Alberta.