Category Archives: Change Makers

Join us this Summer for Founders + Friends

Dive into the remarkable beauty of Cortes Island as we gather Hollyhock Founders + Friends in celebration of our 35 year history of inspiring and training change makers.

What really touched my soul was the people. I had the unique honor of hearing and feeling the powerful words of the founders and friends and leaders of Hollyhock, who spoke to me in poetry and story about the creation of this powerful vortex on our planet of the mission of this convening space, and of the gift that it is for us all to be partners in supporting it. Thank you Hollyhock founders for opening my heart and mind and for the opportunity to be a part of supporting your vitality for the renewal of us all.

– Joshua S. Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers, Founders + Friends 2016 Attendee

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A Hollyhock Story

By Peter Wrinch, Director of Politics and Advocacy at NationBuilder

I remember the first time I went to SCI at Hollyhock. It was 2007 and I was a young Operations Manager at Pivot Legal Society. Hollyhock was somewhat of a mystical place that the founder of Pivot talked about with a sense of awe. Most of Pivot’s first major donors came from connections made at Hollyhock conferences like SCI, SVI, Web of Change, and Media that Matters.

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Leadership in the Clean Money Revolution

By Joel Solomon who will be presenting Accelerate Your Enterprise at Hollyhock June 2017.

The key to success in life is an “examined self”. That means gaining an understanding of what makes us who we are,and exploring elements of uncertainty, doubt, over-confidence, anxiety,  and our emotional make up. This work is lifelong.

Hollyhock gave me the doorway to begin this journey in a more intentional way. “What makes me who I am?” “What do I believe about spirituality?” “Why do I react to others the way I do?” “What are my emotional secrets?” “What is honesty?”

It’s incumbent on each of us to find our own pathway. Below is an excerpt from my newly released book,  Clean Money Revolution:

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Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Merissa Myles & Scott DiGuistini

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Co-creators of Tree Island Yogurt, Merissa Myles and her husband Scott DiGuistini make grass-fed, artisan yogurt at their production plant in the Comox Valley, BC. They’ve earned a reputation as champions of the local food movement—while also shifting the thinking of farmers, retailers, and even the Ministry of Agriculture.

Tree Island uses 100% fresh whole Canadian milk, and is committed to supporting local, grass-fed dairy farms with pastures that promote healthy ecosystems. In short, Merissa and Scott have built a business that is itself a powerful tool for change.

There is a lot of choice in yogurt on grocers’ shelves, but very few guarantee their milk comes from Canada or from grass-fed sources. Scott is proud to say “We are an early innovator—and one of very few. We only use fresh, whole milk in our recipes; there are no foreign milk powders or fillers. It’s very important for us to be part of the food movement and support local farmers.” This is the first shift Tree Island has contributed to making—increasing awareness and demand for Canadian, grass-fed milk. In the four years since they entered the market, yogurt made from fresh, grass-fed milk has gone from zero to be an established line in many local stores.

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Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Meghan French Dunbar

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Meghan French Dunbar’s mission in life is to inspire and educate people on how business can be used as a force for good. Her ultimate goal? In 20 years, nobody will say “purpose-driven work” or “conscious business” or “sustainable business,” because doing good business will be the new ‘business as usual.’

Conscious Company Magazine CoversAs Co founder and Editor in Chieftess of Conscious Company Magazine, Meghan oversees the production of this nationally distributed publication that focuses solely on sustainable business and business as a force for good. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the magazine hit the shelves in January 2015, and is now in every US state, Canada and Mexico, and is quickly becoming a leading source of information for and about sustainable businesses.

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