You are compassionate to everyone else through your work, but how is going on looking after yourself?
I know, we're only mid-January, but February is right around the corner. The month of love. Speaking as a woman changemaker and entrepreneur to the other rebel-girls out there, I want to make February the month of loving yourself first, knowing that if you do, you'll make more positive impact.
Whatever your age, I know that as a rebel girl you feel joy when you are disrupting the status quo to make change happen in ways that are meaningful to you, for people and planet.
You’re not afraid of hard work, in fact, you’re more likely to burn-out before you give up. And that is exactly the problem. As rebel girls, when we take this approach to life, we limit the good that we can do. We end up being stuck and not making a difference, which is the very thing that we’re trying to avoid.
This is your greatest rebel girl adventure!
February is the month of love. If you genuinely want to make more positive impact, then your greatest adventure for this year is to love yourself first. To learn to flourish, instead of burning out. In the words of Anais Nin, "Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage...The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Life is a process of becoming..." It's time to celebrate yourself.
This approach is backed up by the work of Barbara L Fredrickson, in her exploration of positive emotions. As you create a deep resonance of positivity around you, you will unfold a path full of joy and connection with others; you will deepen your resources for overcoming challenges; you will create the conditions for new ideas and solutions for positive impact.
As a problem-solver for people and planet, love is in fact at the heart of your social mission, so now it's time to learn to live love as your social mission in the everyday.
It’s not selfish, or woo-woo! We know the courage and persistence it takes to keep showing up to make positive change happen in our work, to start and run businesses.
There has never been anyone like you before, so honour yourself by speaking your truth, celebrate your unique blend of creativity and bring your solutions to life. Make this space for yourself and you'll make it for others too.
It's time to change perspective because where do you want your rebel girl adventures to lead you? If you really want to get there, it is time learn to love yourself first, so that you can open up with joy. Make time to nourish your soul and nurture your spirit to overflow with light into every space. Recognise how to be all of you, head into each day knowing that you can find your way forward.
Love yourself first this February with I Am Unprecedented® wellbeing practice
Speaking from experience, it's time for loving yourself first to be the starting point for your adventures. The next programme starts 1st February. Knowing how busy you are, the I Am Unprecedented® 21-day programme ‘picks your pocket’ by absorbing activities into your normal routine.
Find out more about the I Am Unprecedented® wellbeing practice for rebel girls and women who move mountains.
#iamunprecedented #loveismysocialmission #rebelgirlsadventures #rebelgirl #disruptive #globalcitizen #entrepreneur #innovation #loveyourselffirst #flowinactio
Here's wishing that adventure is stalking you in 2019!
Be inspired by the story of the Dancing Cow from Mary Poppins. May you move and be blessed with falling stars and dancing feet.
May #love for yourself and for others be at the centre of your adventures.
May #loveasasocialmission guide you forward each day to protect the planet.
And join me for a January Adventure in my I Am Unprecedented practice to set up your #rebelgirladventures for the year ahead.
#iamunprecedented #rebelgirladventures#rebelgirllifestyle#womenwhomovemountains#loveyourselffirst #adventurers #love#creativity #joy #wellbeing #entrepreneur#weareallconnected
Hi Everyone, I hope you've all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to unfolding a new year full of incredible moments.
2018 was a rollercoaster! The Universe came knocking, kicked me out of my comfort zone and demanded that Ioving myself was the starting point of every adventure. So I've been taking the time to revisit my coaching programmes to be absolutely true to what that means in practice.
I'd love it if I could share my I Am Unprecedented® practice with you starting 6th January for 3 weeks at just 45 chf per person, to set you up for the year ahead so that loving yourself first was the starting point for your adventures too.
I know so many of you as rebel girls and women who move mountains, and the courage and persistence it needs to start and run businesses and problem-solve for the planet. Where do you want your rebel girl adventures to lead you this year? Make sure that getting there involves love, joy and connection.
It's super easy to do, you'll receive a guided set of intentions and activities (easily absorbed into your daily routine) each week to complete in your own time.
Let me know if you'd like to join :) on this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
#rebelgirladventures #iamunprecedented #love #creativity #womenwhomovemountains #flowinaction #lovemore #joy #entrepreneurs #loveasasocialmission
A privilege for me to work as part of the UNCTAD team to present the Start-Ups & Scale-Ups for SDGs event at the Palais des Nations on Thursday 15th November 2018 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEW2018
I have had the great privilege of working all week with the 12 #start4sdgsyoung entrepreneurs to support them in their preparations for today's @UNCTAD pitching event. You can see them here...and a bit of me...live from the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva #GEW2018 this afternoon.
To wrap up Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018, I'll be running a wellbeing workshop @Soft-Space Geneva for women entrepreneurs 14.00 - 15.30.
I Am Unprecedented® is a wellbeing session for women entrepreneurs, reconnecting you to your creativity, light and energy, so that you are nurtured and rejuvenated for your ‘entrepreneur’s journey.’
With positive practices that centre you on your strengths and give you practical tools for facing the challenges of leading positive change, you will build self-care and self-compassion techniques designed to support you in the day-to-day of living your life purpose.
Come along to network, learn and celebrate as women in business on 17th November. Sign up via https://www.facebook.com/events/2166381723413921/
#GEW2018 #liberezvosidees #entrepreneurship #womeninbusiness #innovation #wellbeing #SDG3
At the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 come along to this workshop at Soft-Space in Geneva to explore social innovation solutions for engaging migrants and refugees in entrepreneurship.
Sign up here
I'll be there. It's in French and English.
A very handy workshop after the recently published Entrepreneurship Policy Framework on Migrants & Refugees launched by UNCTAD, IOM and UNHCR last week at the World Investment Forum - a fact-based narrative which shows how engaging migrants in entrepreneurship improves the economies of host and home countries alike.
I'm very proud to be part of the @UNCTAD Start-Ups & Scale-Ups for SDGs event again this year.
Register at the link in the picture above and join us to be inspired by the 12 incredible young entrepreneurs at this pitching event.
What makes this event different? Why is it important?
The 12 young entrepreneurs have demonstrated persistence, perseverance and hashtag#resilience, linking their business solutions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals hashtag#SDGs. They show how entrepreneurship is a tool for developing economies wherever you are in the world.
#startups #entrepreneurship #Start4SDGs #innovation #socinn
It was amazing seeing The Student Ideas Challenge 2018 come to fruition during the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
As part of the Empretec Women In Business Awards it was designed to engage young people ages 8-18 years in exploring entrepreneurship as a key tool in achieving gender equality – Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5). It was sponsored by impact investor Symbiotics SA.
Having worked in collaboration with UNCTAD to prepare the pack, we distributed it to over 200 schools and it was circulated via The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network to schools in Commonwealth countries, and via UN Women.
We invited young people, as future innovators and entrepreneurs, to respond to 5 challenges, linked to SDGs 2, 4, 5, 11 and 12; based on an approach for innovation challenges from Flow In Action’s learn to move mountains® workshops for young people and UNCTAD’s Vision youth entrepreneurship training programme
#SDG2 How will you…feed 8.5 billion people by 2030 without doing any damage to the environment?
#SDG4 How will you…create inclusive education for all children using virtual reality?
#SDG5 How will you…use technology to achieve gender equality and end discrimination against women and girls?
#SDG11 How will you…create a sustainable city with no environmental harm to the planet, to revolutionise how 8.5 billion people live together?
#SDG12 How will you…stop clothes going into landfill by reinventing what they are made from?
The submitted posters and short videos from young people with their concepts, were featured in a display in the Pas Perdus in the Palais des Nations, outside the Assembly Hall as part of the World Investment Forum (WIF) 2018 from 22nd to 26th October 2018.
The voices of young people also featured during the Empretec Women In Business Awards ceremony on 25th October 2018, where they shared their ideas, hopes and dreams for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Magda El-Sadek @magdaelsade; Keli Sheng, Nerine Niessen and Mats del Bubba from International School of Geneva @EcolintGeneva; Marta Balañá-Vicente ; Natheir Ahmad Abu Dahab @IRA_Robotics ; Salma Abu Dahab @IRA_Robotics.
Watch the webcast of the ceremony
#innovation #entrepreneurship #flowinaction #pureenergyofcreating #empretec #unctad
I am partnering with UNCTAD, the UN’s Trade and Development section www.unctad.org and I am delighted to invite students from your school, to take part in the UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Awards 2018 – Student Ideas Challenge.
The Student Ideas Challenge is FREE to participate in and calls on young people from 8-18 years old, as the next generation of innovators, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, to share their incredible, innovative ideas by 3rd October 2018 on how to solve five of the Sustainable Development Goals which are specifically linked to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
This easy-to-use pack, sponsored by impact investor Symbiotics SA, complete with lesson plans, challenge questions and research links, is designed for educators to use with students to engage them in the Challenge. It can also be used for self-directed learning by older students.
The pack has three simple steps:
The posters and videos will be displayed at the Women In Business Awards 2018 event, 25th October 2018 in the General Assembly at the UN, Palais des Nations, Geneva. They will act as a call to action from young people to event attendees and a global audience, inspiring action for gender equality through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Find out more about the WBA Awards 2018.
The Schools Pack is designed to be adapted to the time you have available, whether 30 mins or 3 lessons. You can use it as a whole school activity or incorporate it into a specific lesson as service learning, or as part of tutor time or an after-school club.
The pack is designed to develop creative thinking skills and growth mindset, as students explore, take risks on ideas and gain an overview of how learning, practice and effort enables people to achieve their goals.
Get in touch via email email@example.com if you would like a pack. Even if you cannot meet the deadline, you can still use the pack to generate awareness of achieving gender equality through entrepreneurship.
An invitation from the Universe herself.
Because you are extraordinary, unprecedented.
No-one like you before.
Demanding that every part of you shows up. Nothing less. No settling.
Risk it all and fall into the essence of your whole life.
#more #flowinaction #lovemore #joy #love #resilience #happiness #dontbeafraid #disruptive #socinn #unprecedented
Empretec Women In Business Awards 2018
Thursday 25th October 2018, 18.00 – 20.00 CEST, General Assembly, UN, Palais des Nations
The Empretec Women In Business Awards take place on Thursday 25th October, 6-8pm, during the World Investment Forum (WIF) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
These awards, hosted in the General Assembly, are celebrating the crucial role that women entrepreneurs play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in their communities.
Here are 3 easy ways to get involved using Sustainable Development Goals which all play a significant role in women’s empowerment globally:
Ideas To Change The World Posters: Get your children and youth to draw and describe their innovative solutions to achieve either of these Sustainable Development Goals #4 – Education and #13 – Climate Action. We’ll provide an Ideas Canvas template and instructions to generate the incredible ideas, using Flow In Action’s learn to move mountains® approach. The posters will be used to create a display inside and outside of the General Assembly at the UN, Palais des Nations.
1-minute Films: Get your children and youth to create a 1-min film of their creative interpretation of women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship using spoken word poetry. The films will be shown during the event itself and used as a call to action to policymakers and changemakers following the event.
3-min in-person: There are 2 places for a 3-minute in-person performance by individuals or a group on stage in the General Assembly through singing, dancing, musical performance, drama.
The event is organised by UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade & Development) together with UN Women and the Commonwealth Business Women Forum.
The Empretec Women in Business Award are granted to women-owned businesses that have benefited from the business development services of the Empretec programme – a pioneering UNCTAD programme for the promotion of entrepreneurship that operates in 40 developing countries.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org today to register your interest and to receive an event pack.
Start-Ups for SDGs during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018
Thursday 15th November 2018, 15.00 – 19.00 CEST, General Assembly, UN, Palais des Nations
The Start-Ups for SDGs is a pitching event organised by UNCTAD, taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Ten candidates from developing countries pitch their enterprises to an Expert Panel of impact investors for feedback, guidance and the opportunity to secure funding.
Here are 3 easy ways to get involved:
1.Ideas To Change The World Posters: Get your children and youth to draw and describe their innovative enterprise solutions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal #13 – Climate Action.
We’ll provide an Ideas Canvas template and instructions to generate the incredible ideas for enterprises, using Flow In Action’s learn to move mountains® approach.
The posters will be used to create a display inside and outside of the event at the UN, Palais des Nations.
2.Flash Mob for SDGs: Come along with your children and youth and take part in the youth-led Flash Mob for SDGs.
Whilst the Expert Panel are evaluating the pitches, the young people in the audience will lead the audience in a ‘flash mob’ singing/dancing activity with the theme of celebrating positive action.
3.Be Part of the Audience: Inspire children and youth by coming along to the event, to hear and see young entrepreneur’s sharing their ideas. Use it as a platform for encouraging them as innovators and entrepreneurs as they view the ‘entrepreneur’s journey’ inside the United Nations.
Email email@example.com to register your interest and receive an event pack.
Delighted with this feedback from James, age 10 yrs, from one of my last workshops run @softspacegeneva inspiring kids as #agentsofchange using #innovation thinking
#kidpreneur #socinn #positiveeducation #creativity #imagination #ideas #flowinaction
The learn to move mountains workshops empower kids to be strengths-based problem-solvers.
One of the things I do, is to get kids to choose a minimum of 3 strengths that they see in themselves from the At My Best strengths cards pack. It is really special to have them recognise their strengths and know that they are using them to imagine amazing solutions.
I love it when they choose lots of cards! It's like watching flowers bloom!
#empower #positiveeducation #characterstrengths #creativity #imagination #innovation
Sign up for Flow In Action Key Influencers Workshop at Soft-Space Geneva on 13th June.
Identify the key players who you need to build relationships with to achieve your goals for a self-sustaining business making positive impact.
Sign up at: https://keyinf.eventbrite.com
#flowinaction #resilience #purposedriven #entrepreneurship #socialbusiness#bcorporation #ngos #sustainability
It is 5th June! Today is World Environment Day! #worldenvironmentday
What are you planning to do with your youth to inspire them to #beatplasticpollution today?
First, give them hope by taking this global campaign and exploring how to make it local. Knowing how you can take action in small, practical ways in your own community is always a positive starting point.
For example, celebrate the bring-your-own reusable bottles, cups, plates and cutlery! Celebrating what is being done right is a key part in making sure it keeps happening, connect it to their lives.
In the trailer for Anote’s Ark, you see Anote, the President of the Kiribati Islands at the time in Paris for the Climate Accord. He is speaking to the conference. You can see that everyone has in front of them a single-use plastic water bottle! Argh! The irony!
Start a #bringyourown campaign for local events, as well as the big events that you see on the TV.
Second, build children and young people’s key thinking skills by playing with ideas for products, which support taking action. This is enabling them to become natural problem-solvers and to think with an entrepreneurial mindset – exactly the skills needed in today’s world for ‘career-security.’
For example, make cloth bags for fruit and veg from old clothes and kit. Make it, sell it, reinvest the income into social change projects in your community. Use these to replace single-use plastic bags in the supermarket.
Start today. Watch the video. Make it a project!
Awesome learn to move mountains workshop on Saturday 2nd June at Soft-Space Geneva with amazing kids.
Here are just a few pictures from the warm-up game, to get their incredible imaginations going before moving onto innovative ideas for protecting wildlife.
Check out Santa photo-bombing!
#inspiredbykids #playwithideas #lovemywork #flowinaction #imagination#ideas #creativity #kidpreneurs #ecosocinn #innovation #resilience
Market research with teenagers is showing that “the defining issue facing Gen Z is social equality.”
Beyond being just concerned about it, it is a real motivator in their actions. It is a defining issue that they believe they can solve to shape how the world works and how business is done.
In a few years, they are the voters and consumers. They genuinely have the capacity to make change happen to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their communities.
I’m finding when I chat to teenagers that there is a wonderful openness and inclusion around gender, race, sexuality; a hope for communities to be whole and a puzzlement that they are not. For some, the community spaces on the internet are real contributors for promoting this equality.
Ask your children and youth about their thoughts on equality – globally and in their community?
What does it mean to them? What do they want to see happen? What are the causes that they see occur most commonly in their community? Make a discussion wall.
The SDGs come to life when we recognise them at the most local of levels in the places that we live; opening up the opportunities to solve them.
You will also be opening up the spaces of empathy and compassion – key elements of the problem-solving mindset that we need to empower our young people with.
#resilience #adventurers #agentsofchange #grit #creativity #happines #sdgs
Beat Plastic Pollution in our Mountains and Lakes: let’s reinvent snowsports to leave no trace.
The workshop empowers children (7 -12 years old) to be happy agents of change!
Every child's creativity counts in this inclusive, fun workshop where all ideas count. They bring their brilliant, beautiful, unique imaginations and we play with ideas to change the world.
It is a ‘change-maker space’ where we take on a Sustainable Development Goal, exploring how we can solve it with incredible inventions.
We dream big, mash-up all of our creativity, riff on innovative solutions to big challenges, build prototypes from trash, tell the story of our inventions – everything is possible when we play like this!
We empower children to make a positive impact on their communities, building their resilience, wellbeing and entrepreneurial mind-set, equipping them with the skills for solving real-world challenges now.
After the workshop, Elaine shares a montage of the prototypes to innovation experts such as Professor Jonathan Rossiter, Professor of Robotics at the University of Bristol.
Your kids will leave the workshop as happy, hopeful, confident adventurers, believing in their problem-solving creativity.
Playing, inventing and laughing: what better way to spend a Saturday as a kid?
Sign up via: https://ltmmeco.eventbrite.com
Looking for something fun for your kids to do on Saturday 2nd June? Get them signed up to this creativity and innovation workshop with me.
Find out more and sign up
#creativity #happiness #innovation #happykids #wellbeing #resilience