For the past year I have gotten a first-hand view of this ‘selflessness’ and passion from each of the DO School Green Store Challenge Fellows, 14 other social change makers representing 17. Grateful and inspired are my key emotions in saying farewell to my fellow class as we end our Fellowship year.
In Germany, the Green Store Challenge lived up to its name! It was a complex and creative task that I believe will have impact as H&M continues its work to change the face of sustainable retail. To achieve creating the first Green Store for H&M, working with such an internationally and professionally diverse group of talented people was a once in a lifetime experience. Our team was honest, worked hard, and supported each other throughout the challenge.
Each fellow brought their selflessness to our work as a team, and beyond the challenge, as a support network.
Living and working together during the incubation phase fostered a dynamic environment that allowed us to lay the foundation to support each other in our individual work and passions of building our organizations. This bond was palpable many times throughout this past year of starting to implement our ventures and connecting throughout the year to cheer each other on. This network of dear friends, committed to social change is invaluable.
The DO School Team & Board, our many incredible mentors, the committed team at H&M and all who made this rare opportunity a possibility for us have also been an honor to work with. The DO School’s customized curriculum throughout the year, and consistent support in coaching and recruiting international and experienced mentors for DESDE’s start up effort have been vital to our process.
Getting to share the experience of this fellowship year with family, mentors and friends during my graduation celebration in Colorado was special. Thank you to the Blackbird Restaurant for hosting our event! I profoundly thankful for each of these communities: the fellows, the DO School team and mentors, my support network at home and the role they’ve played in helping us pursue DESDE’s vision.