Welcome Winter

News for the New Year!

Enjoy the wonder of winter! Happy Holidays from the Meaningful Work Project.

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.

Find out more!

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!”

Vanessa enjoys the campus garden's bounty

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.

Check out her blog post: The serendipitous journey to meaningful work, part of our Meaningful Work Profile Series.