What if the best people to end child poverty are youth living in poverty in partnership with adults who have transcended it?
What is SunDrum who do we serve?
SunDrum is a project of the Centre for Integral Economics (charity in Canada, 501c3 equivalent.) We use art, story and culture to inspire, and games and play to teach. We mentor and inspire youth to solve problems through social purpose businesses. Before incubators, before accelerators there needs to be culturally respectful programs that release the creativity and capacities of youth in inner cities and living on First Nation/Native reservations.
We want to create the next generation of business leaders in N America, grounded in values, committed to communities and unleashed to tackle the biggest problems we all face.
Youth left out of the dominant economy are maybe the most creative/innovative people in the world. Art and story is how they learn best, the game transforms thinking about social business and lands hands on experience. These youth have had to be creative, they know “lean start-up” in their guts, they bootstrap to live. People closest to the problems have the best most locally and culturally responsive solutions. They need outside supports, mentorship, money, models and more, we do that. We think youth are the most glaring “stranded assets” in the world. You can be part of flipping the story, telling the world that these youth are what we need most to heal what is broken and make money without making messes.
Story of SunDrum
SunDrum was built by people who grew up on reservations in Canada and the US and in diverse inner cities. We teach from our experience, our passion, we teach through stories, art and doing.
We were invited by a series of elders to build this program, we collaborated with more than 60 youth. We listen, we share our own stories, we share stories of social innovators from around the world that made beautiful businesses that heal.
Who is SunDrum?
SunDrum was co-founded by Donna Morton -- Ashoka, Ogunte and Unreasonable fellow -- lifelong social entrepreneur and Mark Gauti, Coast Salish artist, photographer, scientist, change maker. Michael Maine grew up in Dallas Texas as an African American; he is an artist, a communicator and MBA candidate. Asha John also from Texas is South Asian; she has a background in finance and has taught business in Africa. Suzen Sam is a Cree Artist with experience in social media. We have many volunteers in Canada, US and through social media around the world.
What do we do?:
1 day intensive (workshop and role playing game) ideal for professional development days, add on to other youth programming, so we harness the organizing, relationships others are already built:
- story of building an economy that respects the land and people
- art and videos that inspire about social entrepreneurship
- game creates an opportunity to play with creating a social venture, solving problems with the support of money, mentors and models that work.
What is the campaign for?
- Raise $100,000 US to expand 1 day intensive to 10 new communities in Canada and the US (roughly 10,000 per new community).
- Take game from alpha version to final version.
- Test training a team of facilitators across N America for wider spread strategy.
- Collect new contacts and potential partners through crowds.
- Build buzz.
Where will the project work best?
First Nations/Native Reservations and Urban centres like LA, Toronto, Oakland, Dallas, Vancouver and diverse reservations in Canada and US. We have some key and early partners wanting to help us spread SunDrum, we just need funding.
Short term benefits:
- self-esteem improved
- health indicator improvements
- graduation increases.
Long term impacts:
- Jobs created
- businesses created
- improvements to land, air and water.
- C02 reductions.
What do you get?
Our perks feature the first print runs of up and coming Coast Salish artist Mark Gauti. Mark created a powerful image of “SunDrum: Economy” that has started to go viral. It tells the story of respect for people and place (featured on this site). We have ethical T shirts, hoodies, postcards and high end art prints of this image. We also want to invite higher donors to actually pick places that matter and we will go there. You can sponsor us training and playing the game at a school, a community centre, a youth group. We also have a special offer that has us coming to your business and offering our program to adults (who also love the game) to inspire deeper creativity and entrepreneurship.
We raised $30,000 to kick start this project and believe that $100,000 is a meaningful next step to refine, test and spread our work through partnerships and social media. We are determined to hit our goal and we have built two crowd campaigns in the past, one to get into the Unreasonable Institute and to win an award last year in the UK for women' social innovation. We have strong networks and are very present on social media. Check out SunDrum youth on FB.
We crowd sourced $10,000 in 4 weeks to attend the Unreasonable Institute in 2011. We won the Ogunte award for the most popular women-led social venture in a global crowd source contest. We are very social media savvy, fired up and our 50 or so volunteers globally are primed to push.
Other Ways You Can Help:
This campaign is about more than money, we need input, advice, pointers to the perfect partners, communities that are ripe in terms of leadership to great places for SunDrum. We think you know some of the answers and if you don’t, you know who does. Make us bigger, better and help us scale faster.
Social media is key to creating a wave of support, please tweet, FB and let the world know that you like what you see and hear about us. Please also use the cool Indiegogo share tools. If you push us like mad and think you earned a gorgeous t-shirt let’s talk.
Thank you for reading all the way, lots of great work out there wanting your time and attention, it means lots.