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For Radical Entrepreneurs

A 6-Week Virtual Workshop To learn our foundational strategic Framework, TOOL and Practice: The Radical Purpose (APPLY BELOW)

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 13th 2018 @ 11:59pm PST

*looking for our Virtual Collective Incubator for Radical Entrepreneurs? This workshops is a prerequisite!*

We (Ije and Samia) are both Radical Entrepreneurs so we understand the gifts and challenges of this journey, personally and through the lens of hundreds of our members (our Turtles), partners and clients.

For years now, we’ve been developing a radical strategic framework that we call Strategic Being (rooted in the natural art/science of creation) to support Radical Entrepreneurs like ourselves.

Why? Because when we first started doing this work, there was really nothing out there that supported how we are each uniquely designed to work and what we are each uniquely here to do.

We thought that being Radical Entrepreneurs meant that we were free. We were our own bosses, that we could run our own lives, our schedules, our lifestyles. Have real widespread impact without compromising our values. Create radical jobs and innovative offerings that addressed systemic issues. Redesign an unjust economic system! We were on it!

Not. Here’s what really happened.

We drove ourselves into the ground. We were depleted, stressed, overworked. Our bodies were in constant chronic flares and our mental health, well, was unfortunately getting worse than before we started. And all that for very little return or impact. It was painful -- to say the least.

So here we are going “wait. Is this why we wanted to work for ourselves? What were we thinking?”

We’ve both been through the devastating truth of what it means to be a queer, person of color trying to be a Radical Entrepreneur in a world that is designed for us to fail. A world that wants to drive us to our end, especially if we’re not willing to participate in our own oppression and be “well-behaved” workers.

So after getting on and off the Radical Entrepreneurship trail a number of times, we realized a big truth.

The reason we weren’t successful is because we were re-creating the work style of a system that is designed to oppress us.

We overextended ourselves to prove our value -- a common means of survival

We saw our failures as character flaws -- in a world that values production over life-giving work

We dealt with our emotional responses as nuisances and distractions -- there was no time or space to feel

We set our deepest desires aside -- we thought we had to make ends meet before we could indulge

Of course, things got worse for us, not better.

So we started to think about how we could design a way of working that uplifted our whole selves. A way rooted in Radical Love and Freedom, in practice. We wanted to work FROM love and freedom, not simply FOR love and freedom.

We designed a strategic framework rooted in nature, in our body’s wisdom, in the wisdom of afro-indigenous approaches and queer, people of color strategies for thriving. We did it for us first and then started to share it with our communities.

The first thing we teach in our strategic framework is (you guessed it): The Radical Purpose Framework, Tool AND PRACTICE!


Here’s a bit from our Turtles about their experience with the Radical Purpose tool…

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Why The Radical Purpose for Radical Entrepreneurs?

A Core strategic compass To LIve And Work from radical love and Freedom

*looking for our Virtual Collective Incubator for Radical Entrepreneurs? This workshops is a prerequisite!*

No matter what stage of development you are in, the Radical Purpose framework is your core strategic compass from where the most effective and efficient strategies emerge. In our experience, it’s the foundation to becoming an impactful Radical Entrepreneur…

We define a Radical Enterprise as a “system of wholistic radical relationships”. A Radical Enterprise is sustained through good relationships to: ourselves, our partners/teams, our stakeholders and communities. Without those relationships, we have no enterprise.

Aligning with our Radical Purpose is what keeps the relationships in our system balanced and potent. It is what makes our Radical Enterprises the most impactful organizations they can be.

Here’s how the Radical Purpose framework, tool and Practice work:


First: #MeFirst

The Radical Purpose (re)aligns us with our unique purpose, sets us up to root in desire, work how we’re best designed to operate, take care of ourselves and make the most effective strategic moves!

As people of color, particularly women or those of us with feminized upbringings, we will take care of everyone but ourselves. We put our well-being at risk and we sacrifice the gifts we’re here to share with the world. In not putting ourselves first, we end up out of alignment with our Radical Purpose.

We often erase ourselves in the process of creating our enterprises -- it happens to the best of us (and it happened to us, Ije and Samia). In fact, we’re always at risk of that through our conditioning and we have to keep ourselves in check.

Even though putting our work, our families, our clients and teams first can look like a noble act of service and self-sacrifice in the name of supporting the whole... it’s actually doing us, our enterprise (and everyone else) a massive disservice. Why?

  1. We see the world from a place of stress and depletion and → live in cycles of lack

    We never have enough time, energy, space, money, resources, people. We think that paying ourselves what we actually need means we’re robbing others of their resources. We underprice and overwork -- never getting what we deserve and feeling undervalued. We draw people to us that will feed off of our guilt and shame.

  2. We lose our connection to our innate strategic center, our purpose and → lose touch with our creative power and dim the impact of our gifts to the world

    When we’re not in tune with ourselves, we lose access to our Radical Purpose, our innate creative power, our reason for being alive. We are not aligned with our most potent desires and we waste the unique gifts that we’re here to share with the world.

    Equally, our most precious innate strategic sense is dulled and not accessible. Our decision-making center is clogged and we tend to make reactive decisions that have no defined strategy.

  3. We put our desires last and → create work that won’t be enjoyable or sustainable long term

    Desire fuels the fire of sustainability. Without it, without love and a strong, deep connection to our work (not just our goals and outcomes but our process), we won’t stand a chance. Desire is what allows our enterprise to survive and thrive through the challenges that only get more challenging!

The Radical Purpose Tool engages us in a consistent practice of (re)aligning with our reason for being which is our place of greatest power. It insures that we’re operating from a place of fullness to draw in more fullness, that we are in tune with our strategic center to make the best proactive decisions and that we’re desire-driven so we can thrive long-term.

The Radical Purpose tool connects us with a strategic practice that is aligned with our core power. From that place, we can come up with strategies that are magnetic, potent and impactful.


Second: People and Systems

The Radical Purpose (re)organizes the relationships within our Radical Enterprise (our partners and team members) towards optimum operational fit and supports us in creating harmonious systems that don’t overextend us with responsibility so we can do our most important work!

Entrepreneurs come to us often because they’re bogged down with over-responsibility.

Their teams and enterprises are overly dependent on them (some would say co-dependent). They can’t seem to have space, time or energy for anything but putting out fires and taking care of the day-to-day of their enterprise. They can’t seem to plug out of the machine, so to speak, and transform or create anything different. Their leadership and facilitation skills are underdeveloped, challenged and questioned. They’re seeking better systems to run their teams and operations.

After years of doing this work, we know that 80% of an enterprises’ systems challenges start at the foundation in the following area: a misalignment of Radical Purposes (followed by a mismatch in people facilitation styles… but we’ll hold on that for a moment).

Having a tool and practice where we can understand and consistently re-evaluate or refine everyone’s Radical Purpose (ours included) and the Radical Purpose of our enterprise is what creates the ecosystem where the most harmonious relationships can flourish. It is the place from which the most effective systems can emerge, organically and seamlessly.

We say that Radical Purpose is a fundamental organizing principle. It is the guiding force behind the most effective forms of organization and creation. Every system naturally self-organizes through the Purposes of its parts.

The Radical Purpose tool is what we apply to organize our partners and teams into the most potent combinations for greatest impact.


Third: Magnetic Models

The Radical Purpose framework creates a gravitational pull that draws in our most aligned stakeholders, customers and communities, keeps us financially sustainable and inspires innovative models and offerings rooted in Radical Love and Freedom


Well you can guess by now how the Radical Purpose tool is pulling everything together… like GRAVITY.

We call Radical Purpose: our natural center of gravity.

A Radical Enterprise is made of up (and thrives on) communities that gather around the enterprise’s Radical Purpose. Without our communities, we have no enterprises.

Once we (ourselves, our partners and teams) are in the practice of (re)aligning with our Radical Purposes, our Radical Enterprises are inherently operating from a place of deep Radical Purpose. We start to collectively co-create with the natural mystery, within the natural art/science of creation. We innovate beyond the imaginable.

Our Radical Enterprises become magnetic.

With the Radical Purpose framework, we create enterprise models and offerings that are incredibly attractive, life-changing and sustainable long-term. We draw the most aligned stakeholders (who bring in more of their communities). We challenge the status quo without sacrificing our well-being or our gifts. We engage seamlessly in the larger marketplace and create spaces made of new realities.

Most importantly, we organize our communities around Radical Purpose to create worlds of Radical Love and Freedom.


Here’s how the Radical Purpose Framework and Tool have changed our Turtles…

You will walk away with a deeper understanding of your desires and Radical Purpose as well as a tool and practice that consistently (re)aligns you with your purpose, how you are designed to work, and how best to strategize for long-term sustainability and impact!

Every week, for 6 weeks…

We share a Concept class (90mins) and a Practice class (60mins) to help you understand, implement and practice the Radical Purpose framework and tool.

What’s a Concept Class?

A virtual concept sharing class where we learn about the core concepts of Radical Purpose (the framework, tool and practice)

What’s a Practice Class?

A virtual live coaching class where we practice, discuss and provide collective coaching around implementing the Radical Purpose concepts

We run everything virtually

Our program is held virtually via online education and video conferencing platforms. Yes, live sessions will be recorded though we recommend you show up live to get the most out of this program.


The Weekly Topics…


Week 1: What is “work” anyway?

We examine our current definitions of “Work” and engage in radical re-visioning that move our relationship to work from drudgery to desire.

Week 2: Radical Purpose: Why root in our ‘Why’

We learn about the Radical Purpose framework and root in our Why.

Week 3: Radical Purpose: How we embody it

We understand who we have to be to embody our Radical Purpose.

Week 4: Radical Purpose: What we do to enact it

We define the unique, day-to-day work that manifests our Radical Purpose.

Week 5: Radical Purpose framework: for effective strategy

We create strategies that move us from how we’re currently operating to how we want to operate and learn how to generate effective strategies and actionable steps from the Radical Purpose tool.

Week 6: How to stay aligned with our Radical Purpose

We outline our Radical Purpose practice and learn about the many applications of the framework (team building/facilitation, products creation, strategic decision-making etc.)

Check out the schedules available below, pick your best match and apply.

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Apply to join the Radical Purpose Deep Dive!

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 13th 2018 @ 11:59pm PST

** Looking to join our Collective Incubator for Radical Entrepreneurs? Remember, this Radical Purpose Deep Dive is one of the prerequisites**

This is our first time offering the Deep Dive outside of our Collective Incubator so the price is reduced!


Application Process (please read carefully):

ONE

Once you submit your email and hit the APPLY button, you will be directed to a payment form where you will be asked to submit your payment information before receiving your application form.

TWO

Even though you are submitting your payment information, you will ONLY be charged if 1) you are accepted by our team OR if 2) you don’t submit a complete application (ex: submit payment information but forget to apply). So, Please make sure you are 100% committed to paying if accepted and joining the program.

If your application is not accepted this round, your payment plan will be cancelled Automatically and YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED At all.

THREE

By submitting the payment form, you are agreeing to be charged once we send you the acceptance notice via email. Your first charge of $200 will be automatically deducted 9 days from the day you entered your payment information. Your second charge of $200 will be deducted 30 days from the time the first charge was made.

FOUR

Once your’ve submitted the payment form, you will be re-directed to the application link. You will also receive an email from Turtle Tank with the application link to access the questions and directions for submission.

FIVE

As a POC-centered (people of color-centered) community we want to give POC members the option to explore the vulnerable content of Turtle Tank in a space with other POC folks where the focus of the work can be solely rooted in the POC experience. For this reason, we offer 2 cohort options. One mixed (POC + white folks) and another POC Only.


Apply for a MIXED Cohort

(People of Color + White folks)

$400

(reduced from $500)

2 Payments of $200 (first payment upon acceptance, second payment after 30 days from the first payment)


SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Content Classes: Sundays from 5-6:30p EST/ 2-3:30p PST || on January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3 and 10, 2019

Practice Classes: Wednesdays from 5-6p EST/ 2-3p PST || on January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6 and 13, 2019

View/add the Google calendar here

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Apply for a POC Only Cohort

(People of Color only)

$400

(reduced from $500)

2 Payments of $200 (first payment upon acceptance, second payment after 30 days from the first payment)


SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Content Classes: Sundays from 5-6:30p EST/ 2-3:30p PST || on January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3 and 10, 2019

Practice Classes: Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30p EST/ 3:30-4:30p PST || on January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6 and 13, 2019

View/add the Google calendar here

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Some more quick thoughts and musings from our Turtles

And here are the full #MeFirst + Radical Purpose Stories (1 hour each) from the Turtle Tank Community

Plug into a series of stories from our community of Radical Creators, Radical Entrepreneurs and Radical Leaders. We are sharing about how putting ourselves first through Turtle Tank’s incubation framework has revolutionized our lives and work, creating more impact than ever before and bringing us closer to a world of Radical Love and Freedom.


 

Meet the Strategists and Transformationalists facilitating the Deep Dive experience…


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Samia Abou-Samra (Co-Founder and CEO)

Samia is an artist and Radical Entrepreneur. Samia is the founder/owner of Whale Wonder: a creative playspace that grows radical systems for a more human world and the original incubator for Turtle Tank.

Samia serves as a strategist, consultant, educator and creative director for Radical Entrepreneurs (makers, healers, artists, activists, educators) dedicated to love and freedom. Samia enjoys all aspects of the creative process particularly in the areas of music/media, entrepreneurship, indigenous knowledge and radical health.

Samia has a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (with a focus on Ritual, Medicine & Performance) from Stanford University and an MBA in Environmental and Social Management from Antioch University of New England (along with many other certificates and specializations you can find out all about when you join us).


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Ije Ude (Co-Founder and Chief Transformation Officer)

Ije is a health & wellness strategist and Radical Entrepreneur. She has coached Radical Entrepreneurs for the last 10 years on managing their energy and revolutionizing how they work.

Ije has 20 years of work experience in social justice and non-profit organizations as an organizer, trainer and facilitator. She has designed research-based curricula for organizations such as Girls Inc, Planned Parenthood and The Freedom institute. Today, alongside being a founder of Turtle Tank, Ije is a certified Resilience Toolkit facilitator who works with individuals and organizations to provide effective solutions to stress and trauma.

Ije has a BA in Human Biology (with a specialization in Black Women's Health and Well-Being) from Stanford University and an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute for Integral Studies. (along with many other certificates and specializations you can find out all about when you join us).



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India Harville (Community Engagement Specialist)

India is a performance artist, somatic educator, and social justice educator. India serves as the Community Engagement Specialist for Turtle Tank where she helps facilitate the member journey for collective incubator members. The unifying thread in India’s work is supporting people working with their bodies as vehicles for personal and collective growth and transformation.

India has a BA in psychology from New College of Florida and a MA in Integrative Health Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies as well as many trainings in somatics, bodywork, social justice education, and coaching.

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Apply to join the Radical Purpose Deep Dive!

Application Deadline: Thursday, December 13th 2018 @ 11:59pm PST

** Looking to join our Collective Incubator for Radical Entrepreneurs? Remember, this Radical Purpose Deep Dive is one of the prerequisites**

This is our first time offering the Deep Dive outside of our Collective Incubator so the price is reduced!


Application Process (please read carefully):

ONE

Once you submit your email and hit the APPLY button, you will be directed to a payment form where you will be asked to submit your payment information before receiving your application form.

TWO

Even though you are submitting your payment information, you will ONLY be charged if 1) you are accepted by our team OR if 2) you don’t submit a complete application (ex: submit payment information but forget to apply). So, Please make sure you are 100% committed to paying if accepted and joining the program.

If your application is not accepted this round, your payment plan will be cancelled Automatically and YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED At all.

THREE

By submitting the payment form, you are agreeing to be charged once we send you the acceptance notice via email. Your first charge of $200 will be automatically deducted 9 days from the day you entered your payment information. Your second charge of $200 will be deducted 30 days from the time the first charge was made.

FOUR

Once your’ve submitted the payment form, you will be re-directed to the application link. You will also receive an email from Turtle Tank with the application link to access the questions and directions for submission.

FIVE

As a POC-centered (people of color-centered) community we want to give POC members the option to explore the vulnerable content of Turtle Tank in a space with other POC folks where the focus of the work can be solely rooted in the POC experience. For this reason, we offer 2 cohort options. One mixed (POC + white folks) and another POC Only.


Apply for a MIXED Cohort

(People of Color + White folks)

$400

(reduced from $500)

2 Payments of $200 (first payment upon acceptance, second payment after 30 days from the first payment)


SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Content Classes: Sundays from 5-6:30p EST/ 2-3:30p PST || on January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3 and 10, 2019

Practice Classes: Wednesdays from 5-6p EST/ 2-3p PST || on January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6 and 13, 2019

View/add the Google calendar here

View/add the ical here

 
 

Apply for a POC Only Cohort

(People of Color only)

$400

(reduced from $500)

2 Payments of $200 (first payment upon acceptance, second payment after 30 days from the first payment)


SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Content Classes: Sundays from 5-6:30p EST/ 2-3:30p PST || on January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3 and 10, 2019

Practice Classes: Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30p EST/ 3:30-4:30p PST || on January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6 and 13, 2019

View/add the Google calendar here

View/add the ical here