Return of the Artisans

Making stuff used to be the grubby alternative to office work. But now a new breed of makers are quitting good jobs to get their hands dirty. – The World at Work, Reuters

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Advice for any Project

It turns out Vancouver is Canada’s number one hot spot for start-ups, and rates 15th in the world! Allie Turner, writing for Vancouver Magazine, canvassed a sampling of successful business people for their best advice to individuals considering a leap to entrepreneurship.

The excerpts that follow would be applicable to almost any new venture: businesses, of course, but also side hustles, new organizations, a charitable project, etc. Truly, the sky’s the limit!

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10 Vancouver Entrepreneurs Share Their Start-Up Secrets

February 21, 2018 by Allie Turner

  1. Jesse Nightingale, Founder, Handsome Mountain Pet Supplies: Reach out as much as possible. We typically have a lot of people close by that have the knowledge and know-how to help with particular areas of your business.
  2. Marissa Cristina, Founder, STIL Classics (formerly Design Love. Co.): I had a passion and I decided to follow it. The rest sort of just happened after I started to focus everything I had on it.
  3. Trevor Patterson, Founder, Landeau: The lessons I learned in doing, rather than researching, have proven to be the most impactful and useful in the day-to-day of running Landeau.
  4. Cody Green, Founder and Co-CEO, Canada Drives: Leverage your strengths and make sure your company is adding real value.
  5. Dustin Vioen, Founder, Joiiin: Aim to learn something new everyday. You have no excuse as there is so much great (and free) content available.
  6. Esme Smith, Co-Founder, People Footwear: Use social media as a platform to teach customers about your brand… work smarter, not harder.
  7. Shamil Hargovan, Co-Founder, Wiivv: Form your own point of view… and create your values, but get smarter as quick as you can.
  8. Aarmir Baig, Co-Founder, Director and CEO, Article: Think how we can do things differently, and more importantly, how we can do things better.
  9. Matt Smith, Founder, Later (formerly Latergramme): Set some very clear goals for your company and stay laser-focused. It’s incredibly easy to get distracted.
  10. Kenshi Arasaki, CEO, A Thinking Ape: Create an environment where [you] can make more effective decisions at all levels… a core value such as ‘have wonderful arguments’ has given people the freedom to discuss ideas based on merit.

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~ Debbie MacLeod

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The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

Profit to Purpose: Context Creator

More opportunities coming for creative types, and big-thinkers in the corporate world?

World Economic Forum: Is the era of management over? by Andrew Chakhoyen

Regardless of how we describe the present, be it the digital epoch, the Fourth Industrial Revolution era, or the “second machine age”, what it boils down to is that all work that requires supervision is being outsourced to robots and algorithms. Non-standard, creative, experimental work, on the other hand, doesn’t naturally lend itself to management.

From Profit to Purpose

“Context Curator” is the term I’d like to introduce to the business dictionary. To lead a project is not to assign tasks and monitor performance, but to empower, to define the broader context, and to organically link the work of one team with the rest of the business… Curating the context in which high performers can excel – rather than attempting to manage them – is the key to unleashing their full potential.

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~ Debbie MacLeod


The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!