P. Scott Cummins 
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Re: “The work three Spokane kids are doing in Africa can help Spokane get better at helping itself

When I first started encouraging the journey of Stew, Trav and Kohl - it was apparent to me that precisely because they were from Mead their ideas for Krochet Kids Intl (KKi) might just have a chance. Particularly because they were so well-prepared and "together" around doing what they were going to do, as a team. That teachers, counselors, youth leaders and parents had given them a sense of excitement around that. That they had a lot of energy around the mission, but equal amount of interest with involving others in it.
Fast forward to what this means today in Spokane, it isn't necessary for the next KKi (and a hundred-plus more social good companies that Spokane could easily find room for) to be in a cool warehouse loft on West Pacific Avenue, but it sure doesn't hurt that you have the most amazing location for social good companies to "co-locate" around restaurants, ad agencies, print shops and myriad other small businesses necessary for start-ups to take advantage of to grow. Gonzaga, Whitworth and WSU Spokane don't have to finally get together (and work, together) with government and churches to work together (!) around bringing the KKi guys in to present at a conference around how to start a social good company & encouraging the steps it takes to create more KKi's, but that sure wouldn't hurt (and nothing will really happen unless they do, frankly). But the most important thing you can do is celebrate the social innovators you already have in Spokane, people like Kevin Finch at Big Table - because it is their stories (and wider community knowledge about their work) that will inspire others to "think outside the box" and really stir things up. But then again, what do I know, I'm from Seattle . . .

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Posted by P. Scott Cummins on 05/30/2014 at 7:43 AM

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