If you're thinking,"wait a sec, isn't the ABOUT page supposed to be about you and the Sedge?"...
(I knew that wouldn't get by you! But bear with me and keep reading...)
You have big ideas for the world. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, in everything you touch you look for creative ways of doing it (whatever it is) better.
You feel deeply connected to the world outside your personal bubble. So much so that your friends and family can barely keep track of all the projects you’re involved in, and don’t really get what you do (although they know you’re really busy!) not to mention they’re afraid to ask what the heck a co-op is or heaven forbid have you explain impact investing.
You appreciate the vast complexity of the world we live in, and as a systems thinker you seek to make sense of the world in your own unique way. You find yourself asking why? when others don’t.
In your spare time - and let’s face it, even the odd Saturday night when your spouse is out with other plans - you look forward to binging on TED talks. Because that’s just plain fun.
At times it occurs to you that you should feel like a total freak for these things.
But then you realize how content you are spending your days mulling over the how and the why of injustices faced by humanity, and getting your hands dirty testing new solutions to get at the root of them. You fuel your insatiable curiosity for understanding the world around you thanks to provoking conversations with neat people along the way, and you have learned to love how your brain randomly buzzes through strategies for world peace over beer and nachos.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
I can say that with 100% certainty because I’m one of you (read my story here). And for the past three years I’ve been on a mission gathering stories, creating tools, and building a community of hundreds of people just like us.
The Sedge is where changemakers gather to strengthen our entrepreneurial mindset, connect and collaborate with our peers, and build the business skills needed to implement impactful social enterprises that will long outlast our leadership.
BECAUSE THE JOURNEY IS
It can be lonely. Sometimes you arrive at a village along the way and find a traveller to join you on the next leg. But ultimately it's your journey, and you’re the only one who can keep pushing yourself forward.
Even with the best maps, it's easy to lose your way. To feel like you're making all the wrong turns and will never reach your destination.
Sometimes you lose sight of your destination altogether. You get sidetracked, and explore paths that you later realize won't take you where you want to go.
Then over time you learn to trust methods of navigation that aren't your typical maps. Because where you're headed doesn't have maps yet (because you're probably the one writing it for this territory!).
Instead, your inner hunches and foundational strategies that you learn to read in different context like constellations in the night sky become the key tools guiding your moves. You learn to confidently make decisions while taking in all the information provided by your environment.
You know where you want to go but are flexible in how you get there. And eventually you reach your goal, the peak you had your sights on. And the next peak you need to reach becomes clear.
WITH EACH LEG OF THE JOURNEY YOU GAIN
MORE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS.
YOU LEARN WHAT TOOLS AND METHODS YOU CAN RELY ON -
THE ONES THAT WORK FOR BOTH YOU AND THOSE YOU SERVE.
My why, my reason for running the Sedge, is to help you get to this point. The point where you have an adaptable plan that navigates you to your goals and helps you bust through any barriers along the way.
STEP INTO YOUR POWER AS A CHANGEMAKER.
YOU'LL FIND THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO TAKE YOURSELF FURTHER
THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT WAS POSSIBLE!
- I live in beautiful Western Canada (Calgary, Alberta)
- My favourite winter sport is snowboarding, and in the summer you'll find me rec playing softball.
- I love learning. There's no 'finishing' my never-ending list of interesting things to read / listen to / watch!
- I'm a notoriously bad storyteller... (ask my friends; they will confirm this)
- I love myself a good DIY project. They mostly involve making things for the home, or Christmas presents!
- My favourite podcast at the moment is Profit. Power. Pursuit. hosted by Tara Gentile.
- My best travel adventure story involves longboats, the Mekong River, and getting stranded in the Loas jungle.
- My best 'hike victory' picture is with my sweetie at the top of Villarica volcano in Chile (pictured on the right).
- I've been friends with my 2 best friends since elementary school.
- I love nature photography.
THE OFFICIAL BIO
Danielle is passionate about igniting entrepreneurial spirit for social good in changemakers around the world. Danielle is founder of theSedge.org, and co-founder of Changemakers Association, both online communities that teach social entrepreneurs how to design and grow innovative, financially sustainable and impactful initiatives. Passionate about collaboration, she is also the co-author of Meeting of the Minds: the Social Entrepreneur's Roadmap to Collaborations that Work.
Her background also includes three years managing commercial loans with an international bank, participating in the world-class business incubator, Start Up Chile, and volunteering with her local Calgary+Acumen chapter.
"So why is this called the Sedge anyways?"
This a common question! It goes without saying that theSedge.org operates through triple bottom line principles, managing decisions from a balanced perspective of social, environmental and economic considerations.
What does that have to do with Sedge, you ask?
Fittingly, a ‘sedge' is a type of grass-plant that is identified from it’s unique, distinctive three-sided stem. This type of plant grows in many regions around the world and is often found thriving in wetlands and regions with poor soil.
We want to help your social enterprise standout from the rest by building a resilient triple bottom line, where all three - social, environmental, and economic - sides equally contribute to a strong and thriving living enterprise.