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Tuesday, May 23 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Dumb Shit We Do Makes the Best Compost for What We Grow

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This is one part panel, one part open mic, one part ritual sacrifice, one part absolution, one-part hands-on gardening. I've come to believe that shame--imagined or real, anticipated or experienced--is the greatest threat to our entrepreneurial (and personal) journeys. Entrepreneurs are human beings. We do some dumb shit. Not well-meaning shit, just plain dumb (although we may not see it at the time). When we allow shame to control us, we wallow alone. We don't face facts and reality in a way that allows us to grow smarter and wiser. We suffer in silence. We eventually give up. Ah, but the secret is this: Dumb shit makes great compost if we can let go of our shame and see the value in ourselves and what we do. In this program, we'll hear from a few entrepreneurs who will share their "dumb shit." Each participant will have a chance to share her or his own stories. Finally, every person will write down their "dumb shit" that they're holding onto. We'll shred it and add it compost that participants will add to potted plants they'll take home (to remind them of the lesson).  

Who doesn't have some dumb shit they'd like to compost for growth? Who doesn't want to discover they're not the only one who makes bad decisions? Who doesn't want to know what it feels like to be free and facing forward again with a community of support? Shame (and self-isolation) is not A challenge for entrepreneurs, it is THE challenge for entrepreneurs. This session doesn't just give participants a method or tool, it gives them freedom and refreshment.

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BT Irwin

Founder, BT Irwin & Co.
Dad, husband, and social entrepreneur. Almost 20 years ago, I set out to "educate, equip, and empower leaders to work together to bring to life the promise in the world around them." My evolution in pursuit of that mission took me to management positions at several nonprofits before... Read More →

Tuesday May 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
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