There was innovation. There was collaboration. There was free beer! Last week, we joined several other B Corps in the Mid Atlantic region to present #DiscoverDoing – How People Like You Are Changing The World.
The event featured Max Wohlgemuth Kitslaar telling the story of his project Connecting Las Americas. Max recounted his adventures riding from Chile to NYC on an oldtimer Moto Guzzi motorcycle, collecting and sharing stories of social and environmental innovation along the way.
Max hopes that sharing his personal story will encourage others to do something themselves, no matter how small it may seem. After all, sometimes what seems insignificant to us is huge to someone else, and even little things have the power to inspire others.
It might sound strange, but I think the most exciting part of the event for me personally wasn’t the event – it was the time spent pulling it together. At every turn, I was floored by the generosity of the companies and individuals that volunteered their talents, their time, their products and their dollars.
Overall we asked for various kinds of support from roughly 12 different organizations. 11 said yes. When you’re part of a community that shares values and believes in the power of collaboration, it’s amazing how many doors will open.
I hope you’ll stay tuned for the next event from B Local: Mid Atlantic. If you’re a B Corp (or other social enterprise) in the area interested in the possibility of future collaboration, don’t be afraid to reach out!
Main Image: First Row (from left): Kiana Denlinger of RoundPeg, Rayne Kates of Relay Foods, Alison Klein of RoundPeg, Carly Khanna of AE Works, Michelle Hailey of Raffa, P.C., Davita Louie of Union Kitchen, Jimena Ryan of Raffa, P. C., Polina Pinchevsky of RoundPeg. Second Row (from left): Tom Raffa of Raffa, P.C., Anne Boyle of RoundPeg, Efron Berkowitz of Relay Foods, Kimberly Jutze of Shifting Patterns Consulting, Max Wohlgemuth Kitslaar of Connecting Las Americas, Jason Moore of RoundPeg, George Chmael and John R. Griffin of Council Fire.