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Member Profile: Glen

Let me introduce you to one of our very valued members and someone we’re glad to call a friend - Glen McDermott. Glen moved from his native Australia 11 years ago and recently launched an online e-learning business called iEvolve. which focused on the food & hospitality industries. Little did he know that much more than a business venture in America lay ahead of him…but first we must go back to Glen’s roots.

At the age of 10, he received a bicycle and everything changed. This “two-wheeled beast”, to quote Glen, became a new passion & a new way to connect with people and places that were previously outside his environment. There was something remarkable about the way a bicycle removed the insulation between a people and environments. This bicycle became as much a vehicle for growing his passion for people, nutrition, & the world around him, as much as for getting Glen around. Subsequently, this led to many cycling through countries around the globe

When he returned he began and a 9-month project with his brother to plant 30,000 trees in and around Canberra – Glen’s hometown. Today those trees are fully grown, some as wide as 4 feet and 100 ft high. In his words- “the greatest job satisfaction”

Glen joined our community at The Grove three months ago and found much more than a desk, internet, and good coffee. What he found was a collaborative community to “blue sky” ideas. In other words, thinking as high as you want to think without any tethers - an audacious venture for anyone. Even more profound, he found a community that gave him encouragement and a mature, diverse knowledge base to “blue sky” his passions around health, nutrition, and being a steward of the environment.

After years in visual retail marketing, a re-awakening and alignment of values & skill sets have culminated in the Glen’s current projects. One of which is donating 20% of his time to non-profit endeavors. Another, is helping bring healthy food options to convenience stores – to name a few of his ventures.

We’re so glad that the community at The Grove became fertile ground to openly discuss the values he holds, hence becoming a catalyst to “blue sky” a future that aligns with Glen’s passion for health, nutrition, and the environment on an e-learning platform.

Glen is also an accomplished photographer, chef, scuba diver, and avid cyclist. We’re glad to collaborate and dream with him.

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Creativity - Guest Blog by Create96

Walk into any classroom of small children and ask them who can draw. I guarantee you’ll get a room full of excited raised hands.  Then when they’re done,  ask them to show you their pictures and they’ll be falling over themselves (often literally) to be the first to show off their dinosaurs, unicorns, family portraits and wild designs.  The sense of creativity in the room is palpable and exciting.

But skip ahead just a few years and imagine walking into that same room full of high-schoolers (or even worse adults in an office) and ask the same question.  You might get a tentative hand or two to go up and agree to draw but good luck getting them to actually show you anything, let alone share it with the group.

There are plenty of people who seem to think this is a good thing, that we need to stifle our creative impulses, abandon our art in favor of solid, safe things that are more likely to pay us money.

We totally disagree.  Creativity isn’t just important, it’s necessary for the individual and for our society.

At the outset of Create96 two marketing guys came together over extremely similar mission statements we’d written on the subject of creativity.

“Creation is vital because inside everyone, including myself, are amazing stories, ideas and creations that need to be released, realized and shared so they can touch, inspire and change the world” - Mason Rabinowitz

“Transformation through creation, maybe it’s not just about the creation but about who we become through creating.”  - Jeff Kubarych

We decided to take our common passion for creativity to start something that would encourage the creative spark in all of us.  At Create96 we hope to provide inspiration, permission (not that you need it but just in case that’s what’s holding you back), and encouragement to create new and exciting things and then share them with a supportive and enthusiastic community.

We hope to inspire us all to become artists, film-makers, writers, builders, designers and creators of any and everything we can imagine.

Because who knows what we’ll create?

Who knows what we’ll become through creating?

We’re all familiar with the idea that when you take something out of the world you “86 it” and frankly the world does enough 86ing all on it’s own.  So we’d like to introduce a new phrase “96 it” for when you bring something brand new from your imagination into the world.  

So whether you’ve got an old creative passion you’d like to reignite or a creative outlet you’ve always wanted to try, consider this your challenge from us to go out there and 96it!

Jeff and Mason


Dreams Matter at The Grove

We think dreams and ideas are powerful. The Grove is positioned to be a place where ideas and people can work together and find real support in the process of finding sustainable ways to make good on their ideas. When those ideas are geared toward social impact, we call this ‘social innovation.’ I define social innovation to mean: A novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals. To this end we are helping to grow a movement in our city.

At the Grove we define the social value created as the creation of benefits or reductions of costs for society. A social innovation can be a product, production process, or technology (much like innovation in general), but it can also be a principle, an idea, apiece of legislation, a social movement, an intervention, or some combination of them.Indeed, many of the best recognized social innovations, such as micro-finance, are a combination of a number of these elements.

The work of stewarding the real dreams or ideas of citizens for social impact is a task worthy of our efforts. At The Grove we aim to see if collaboration across multiple sectors of society can create social value in our city. I want to foster the ‘social mission sector’ – an umbrella term used to describe the individuals and organizations whose primary mission is to produce some benefit for people and planet. Our social mission community includes individuals, nonprofits, for-profits, entrepreneurs, and individuals working for change.

The Grove and Ripple100 Launch Dream.Haven

DREAM.HAVEN is a collaborative experiment. Ripple100 The Storytelling App | Agencyand The Grove, A New kind of Social Space are getting together with the people of New Haven. We’re asking: What is your Dream?

Can the dreams of everyday citizens transform a city through storytelling, connecting, and collaborating? We will capture your dream, share it with others and see what happens when our storied dreams collide. 

We encourage you to go to the website www.dreamnhv.com and watch others from New Haven share their dreams, and then submit your own. We hope this organic form of storytelling leads to connection, collaboration, and an exciting movement throughout the city. 

A little more about who Ripple100 is:

Ripple100 The Storytelling App | Agency 

Like an ad agency, except we don’t do ads. We meet the same needs: brand, awareness, engagement, loyalty. Instead of ads we tell stories, mixing tech and sociology, we share with friends, they share with theirs. Like ripples we are moved in expanding circles to share, to buy, to vote, to advocate, to love and loyalty, to be communities of action, to do well and do good.

Wine’d Down Wednesdays

I wanted to post my comments on our Wine’d Down Wednesdays that have been going on for the last four weeks because there have been some fascinating conversations that have taken place. For those who are not familiar with this Wednesday event @ The Grove around 4:30pm we pop open a few bottles of wine (the number of which continues to grow) and sit around our big table and discuss the week. What are the latest projects you are working on? Any notable achievements or movement you have experienced?

What comes out of an event like this is community. Wednesday afternoon now seems to be our biggest coworking day. People are coming to connect, share their ideas, and discuss their struggles. Several of our friends from the city seem to pop in for the event as well.

So, if you are a member of The Grove or connected to one some way stop by on Wednesday afternoon and experience a space where the rivers of wine, conversation, and ideas are flowing into a sea of community.  

A Cultural Shift

In one sense The Grove is trying to bring about a cultural shift in New Haven, primarily in the way people and organizations work. Cultural shifts take time and are not easily nor quickly adopted. The Grove is providing a new kind of space to the people of New Haven. A space outside of home, outside of the coffee shop, and outside of a normal office. We are introducing a space that creates community, and inspires innovation. Members of The Grove find a launching pad for their ideas and passions in the context of others who are pursuing similar endeavors. Our hope is that the greater community would find The Grove to be a place that promotes innovation and poses creative solutions to New Haven’s issues and opportunities. 

If you are looking for a space to host an event, or find a community of like-minded individuals all working on interesting projects come stop in @ The Grove and check us out! 

Read about The Grove in the NH Register

The Grove, New Haven’s first co-working and collaborative space that has already attracted members who can come use the facilities, which includes basic work space and meeting rooms, through day passes or monthly.

“We are really trying to create a very innovative ecology for the free-lancers of the city where they can find a place to work and network. It’s kind of an alternative to working out of your home or a coffee shop,” said Slate Ballard, who co-founded it with Ken Janke.

They plan to run workshops on networking, marketing, social media and other aspects of business development.

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Here is on WNPR’s Where We Live. Here about our  

collaborative “co-working” space that offers work space and interactive events to bring creative thinkers and artists together to foster more social enterprises.