Brooke is the Executive Director of Seed Consulting Group. Her blog post is the first in a new series of posts by our members from across all of our chapters. They will cover various topics of their choosing that reflect their Seed experience. We hope you enjoy hearing our members’s stories, and see how Seed can impact your own life.
As the clock strikes midnight and the calendar flips, we enter the 6th year of Seed’s existence. Always growing, I meet new people nearly every day who resonate with Seed’s mission and purpose. In a recent conversation, I was asked one of the questions I hear most often from those interested in getting involved – “What has kept you in Seed after all this time?”.
Seed is more than a consulting cycle, more than a group of people focused on making an impact, and more than an organization. Before Seed, I saw nonprofits in my community and beyond, making a difference, and I knew that there were ways one could help them. Donating time, donating money – I knew conventional ways to give back and make a difference, but I never felt like there was a way I could do more than that. Joining Seed not only gave me that opportunity, giving my talents in a way that would amplify the impact our clients can make on the community, but it changed how I thought about the world.
Seed is a mindset. Seed was born from the simple idea that passionate individuals can make real change in organizations working in their communities. And through our program, through the exercise of working with clients whose reach extends across the country, your eyes are opened to the fact that you, the individual, have the power to do more. As I move through everyday life, I no longer see the issues or inefficiencies around me as something that someone should do something about. Life with and after Seed is about the interest, will, and ability to improve the world around you. In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”