Interview: The Good Shed

We asked the project creator of The Good Shed a few questions about the inspiration behind the project, the challenges and their insights in running a crowdfunding campaign. Here is what they had to say,

1.Where did you get the original inspiration for your project?

I have been an educator for 15 years, always surprised at the invention (and hope) my younger charges ten to have — looking upon the future with trepidation but equally with optimism. Then naturally things began to change — less kids moving out of home, less job prospects, more competition, more homelessness — then — older Australians too starting to become invisible — ageism beginning to play a part in their own career search prospects and opportunities and government determining they would need to work longer to afford their later years. I teach and guide and mentor — the shed is just an extension of this activity.

2.What was the hardest aspect of starting a project?

Starting a project is not difficult, building the bounty of the content, effectively the business plan, is the challenge.

3.Why did you decide to crowdfund?

Crowdfunding is one of the funding avenues taught to me through my Masters in Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation. Doing an MBA as an extension to my own Design career, meant that I could concentrate on social good incentives and use measures aligned to my own vision and mission. My own design org. peopleness: social design action, is dedicated to problem solving of which funding for the community is one.

4.What does ultimate success look like for you and your project?

Ultimately, raising the funds — but I learned (and learning), that the measure of the project, its true heart is in the contacts made, the ‘good-will’ created (from people you least expect), and in the doors that open that lead to further opportunities. Writing the plan, building the framework too on the framework start some good provides, is also an outcome that has allowed for the documentation of possibilities — a rolled out stage of a plan for the future. To me, that is already success.

5.How are you keeping the momentum for your project going?

Everyday I write letters and of course post on social media — my partner and I devise communication pieces to deploy. I also post on business sites, relating certain reflections based on what I encounter in terms of engaging (and articulating) the idea to others.

6. Why did you choose StartSomeGood as your partner?

In the past I have attended meet-ups where Tom Dawkins presented. His alignment to Ashoka, his own drive and passion — his pitches, sparked momentum. As I was hastily recommended to lodge this project to ING Dreamstarter, having not been selected, I was still approached by StartSomeGood as one of the ‘best of the rest,’ — thrilled as I was, it only made good sense to jump in and formulate what is unequivocally a desperate need to support all-age, all-inclusive unemployment

7. What kind of support do you think that changemakers in your community need?

As changemakers we become disheartened — we want others to ‘see’ and ‘believe’ in what we see — the support we need is really, in ‘resourcing’ — more ‘open’ businesses, more open financial institutions, a more open private sector — not just a regurgitation of good CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). We need a broadening of impact investment instruments, better collaboration.

8. What would be your one piece of advice for people who want to make a positive impact?

Don’t give up. Rest, take time to recover — and go at it again — don’t give up. Although we get run down most of us are optimists. We find a way.

9. What are you enjoying the most about StartSomeGood?

Keeping in touch to try and push my campaign out there and the way you seem to support the project, it’s wonderful so thanks!

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