Miah Sommer, self-confessed rebel with a cause and founder of The Bike Union Bike Shop, challenges us to rethink our mental model of non-profits – particularly the ‘size’ and ‘quantity’ dimensions. When we only focus on measuring success and effectiveness using a ‘bigger is better’ metrics, then we run the risk thinking the smaller nonprofit is ineffective. In a funny and thought-provoking talk, Miah seeks to disprove the mainstream perception, providing a different, and equally successful equation for non-profits. That of small and focused. This is especially important when serving people, and when many of them are vulnerable and at risk and often fall off the radar. As a social entrepreneur, moreover a juvenile delinquent entrepreneur, Miah feels he has more in common with those he serves that those who donate funding. He founded The Bike Union Mentoring Project to provide workforce development and social skills for young adults impacted by the foster care system. He and the team have found that by focusing on a few individuals at a time, they can provide greater longer lasting impact. It takes a long time to build trust, skills and confidence, and that is critical in enabling those in the project to take control of their lives and destinies. Miah feels like Jean Vanier, that instead of changing the world, there is a place for those who seek to provide a little light… and a lot of little lights make just as big an impact.
Watch his talk, and let us know what you think https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUcD1_ypYcs
For more information on Miah, go to his bio on our website.
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