We live in an era of possibility. Everyday new leaders and companies are rewriting long-standing rules to create value and unlock promise. These new leaders realize that many times the very norms and rules meant to protect us from risk end up blocking us from true potential. If you have a credit score below a certain number, you cannot take out a loan. If you’ve had a criminal record, you can’t get certain jobs.
What if we could suspend those rules? What kinds of opportunities would emerge? A beautiful thing can happen when people rely on trust and connections. Infinite possibilities are allowed to emerge. At the community level, where personal connections, history, relationships, and human emotion flourishes, there is less need for so many rules.
At Community Sourced Capital, we are continually asking ourselves and community members, what if small businesses could access capital based on the trust and connections they’ve made in their community?
One of our friends and partners, A Social Ignition, is also challenging old systems and re-writing a story to unleash new endings. A Social Ignition works alongside people with criminal records to create new futures. They have radically challenged the assumptions about what is possible for people who have been incarcerated. They guide creative people inside and outside prisons through an entrepreneurship course and operate from an unwavering core value that these individuals have creativity, grit, and acumen on par with any other successful small business owner.
With the help of A Social Ignition, a man named Jason Buckley was able to reimagine, plan and build a fresh start for his life by creating Hottie Das, a mobile hotdog stand in Portland. And with the use of Community Sourced Capital and community participants, he was able to fund and launch his project!
We believe in the power of trust and community, and we are honored to have a small part in this success story. With the support of people who believe in him, Jason has been able to add a new title to his narrative: entrepreneur.