Behind-the-Scenes: Civic Accelerator Update
At my time at Starbucks hq I used to call them “Aha Moments”. Times when I gained a new and catalyzing level of understanding about something I was working on. I’ve had many of them along this journey with Common Purpose, and had an energizing one last week with Civic Accelerator.
Our primary description of Civic Accelerator has been tied to investing in new ideas for civic engagement methods, largely created by the next generation of leaders. Part of the goal is to further develop leaders, but another is to identify, support and grow new ideas of reaching communities and demographics who don’t show up in the civic space as much as others: young people of color, working Millennials, low income people, etc. My work in this space can be more focused on identifying & growing these ideas.
With this in mind, over the next few months I’ll be looking to form relationships with entrepreneurs and startup communities here in Seattle. I’ll be hoping to learn from them, build our network of possible future mentors, and gain insight into possible projects/platforms/products launching in the civic space. When Leadership Lab is ready to graduate a cohort into Civic Accelerator to build their own ideas or support ongoing ones, I’ll be ready.